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post #1 of 18 Old 06-02-2007, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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Is This Normal?

I am used to aggressive street bikes and not that familiar with the sound of the KLR650. I have recently purchased a KLR which now has 150 miles on its odometer. I have only recently started to notice a ticking sound that of course is consistent with the revolutions of the motor. To me this ticking sounds very similar to an electric starter on a BBQ grill. I notice it at idle and it seems to be more prominent when warmed up. I am wondering if it is the ignition firing and normal to hear, or is it something out of whack inside of the engine?

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post #2 of 18 Old 06-03-2007, 12:22 AM
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not that familiar with the sound of the KLR650
This really should be..... "not familiar with the crazy whacked out knocks, pings, metal on metal, dings, dongs, bada bada bing bongs coming out of this sucker".

I gave up figuring out noises after a couple thousand miles.
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post #3 of 18 Old 06-04-2007, 09:12 PM
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The KiLleR has a sound of its own, its hard to say if what you are hearing is normal or not.-

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post #4 of 18 Old 06-04-2007, 09:39 PM
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Probably just the doo hockey and spring bouncing around in the engine. Don't worry they usually end up in the oil trap where they can be easily removed.

Sounds like the valves but at 250 mi I'd return it to the dealer and complain till they check it out. That way if it is the valves, timing or doo hickey you have documentation that they looked at it even if they didn't repair jack. Which they usually never do.

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post #5 of 18 Old 06-05-2007, 07:20 AM
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Adjusted the doohickey on mine at 800 and was amazed at how much quieter it sounded while riding and the vibration was not near as bad. But then maybe all this is in my head .

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You don't show where you are.
Try to find other KLR owners in your area & listen to their engines.
Then go ride.
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post #7 of 18 Old 06-06-2007, 08:14 PM
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I have heard the same thing on mine from the begaining. 1500 miles and it has not changed. I notice that the noise is only at 900 r's. After that I don't hear it... What can I say...
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post #8 of 18 Old 06-06-2007, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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I guess I will just disregard the noise for now. Itís still under warranty so if it blows up they will have to fix it. As far as listening to another klr to see if it sounds like mine, ill have to wait until I run across one. Donít see any in my part of the world.
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post #9 of 18 Old 06-07-2007, 09:53 AM
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I dont mean to scare you... or piss you off...

But, for the life of me, why would you wait till it blows up just because it's under warrenty? I just dont understand that thinking.

So you hear a noise. "ah well, it's under warrenty". What if it never causes an issue or blows up, But instead, is in there banging around, getting wore out, stressing chains, bending stuff, and just causing all kinds of wear and tear....
THEN, the warrenty runs out.... and your bike is trashed, from what ever was making a noise , that wasnt a big enough issue to take it in under warrenty. or just investigate yourself. But, seeing how it was under warrenty you feel that you should'nt of had to check it out. Because it was "someone" elses problem.... till the warrenty ran out.
And now you have a bigger mess... to deal with.

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post #10 of 18 Old 06-07-2007, 01:56 PM
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What speed is your motor idling at? The KLR has a compression release that works by centrifugal force and stops working above maybe 900 RPM. The sound you describe would fit what you would hear with a very low idle speed. I keep mine lower than specified (1200-1400), about 1100.
Any lower and I hear clicks too. Good Luck.
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