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post #1 of 15 Old 05-15-2013, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Just finished the first 60mi on my '98 650. Is it normal for something to knock like it wants out at idle and in gear with just a little bit of load. Thats the only time i hear it. The bike has 14,000 + a few on it. I'm hopeing the botton end is roller/ needle but I don't know as this is my first experience with one of these - my Valkyrie don't do that & it has 100k miles on it....

Please forgive me guys - I'm sure I'll have more wonderings soon!

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Just finished the first 60mi on my '98 650. Is it normal for something to knock like it wants out at idle and in gear with just a little bit of load. Thats the only time i hear it. The bike has 14,000 + a few on it. I'm hopeing the botton end is roller/ needle but I don't know as this is my first experience with one of these - my Valkyrie don't do that & it has 100k miles on it....

Please forgive me guys - I'm sure I'll have more wonderings soon!

Jim

Welcome to the forum Jim!

Maybe you're lugging the motor a bit? It's happier to be >3.5K rpm most of the time. If you ride much below that you'll get the knocking/lugging noise when you throttle up.

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Thanks much - read some more about that on about page 11 or 12. I was hopeing that was what it was....

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Welcome Jim.....and can I make a suggestion....? Yep, always have a jug of pinesol at the ready just incase....

There are way too many good guys here to help if you need a hand.....enjoy......

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lmao willy's is jacking every thread with the pinesol. too funny

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Pinesol

I've searched and read all the way to pg 27 so far and can find no other reference to pinesol(or I overlooked it). Somebody- please enlighten me as I feel my leg is being pushed....

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No joke....or pulling of your leg.
I recommend to anyone who is having carb issues to soak their carb in pinesol to clean it instead of using harsh carb cleaners. They guys are pulling my leg over this and how often I am doing it. So I'm just pissing in their cereals....no offense to you and it doesn't relate to your knocking. Your knock is from too low of RPMs I bet so you need to up them as you start off I bet. It is a single thumper with good low end torque but you still need to help it until it gets going. Then it will allow you to drop the RPMs much further than a street bike would ever think of.
If raising your RPMs doesn't cure it then you do have an issue....keep us informed.....just remember the pinesol carb cleaning treatment, it works!

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I've been using Pinesol for years it does a great job..The real stuff not the knock off stuff and when done I filter through a T shirt back into the bucket I'm klr cheap,but it works for me.......make sure you clean with water and blow out with air
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Thanks

The only problem I was having with it was trying to l learn what you were using the pinesol for....makes sense now and I will remember to use it. I feel a lot better now about the knock-knock and am bringing the r's up on takeoff. Never had a thumper before and am likeing it more all the time(don't tell the Valkyrie!).

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carbs ,brake parts anything ya can't get to,does a great job on ethanol.....if ya have a sticking front master cylinder use PB blaster let it set it'll come free and bleed with fresh brake fluid...keep your rpm up
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