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900 se question ~ ticking noise on front end

finally i put on youtube a vid w/ the ticking noise that the engine makes, so you can give it a listen and give me your opinions. [vulcan 900se noise - video link]
the engine has ~6k miles, has Amsoil 20w-50 in it, and that noise is there regardless of octane gas used.
stock debaffled pipes at the moment; the noise was there before the debaffling. everything is stock on the bike.

the high pitch metallic noise comes from the front cylinder, somewhere on top of it. the ticking as you can hear, is sometimes 'off the beat';]and at certain rpms the noise seems to go away (min 2:00 on the vid); but when riding it's always there. i put my hand over the reed intake to mimic a 'reed valve marbling', but that doesn't help. prior to 20w-50 it had 10w-40 from the dealer w/ the same clicking-ticking noise.

any ideas what makes this noise and how to get rid of it? ;] thanks

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when did you first hear the noise, is the bike stock or do you have a programmer installed?
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everything is stock. the noise was always there as far as i remember.
at 400miles the dealer had to manually adjust front and rear cam chain tensioners because there was some extra noise getting louder -something similar to this, but they did nothing about the present ticking. i'm not thinking something bad is going on, but it would be nice not to hear that anymore ;]

ps it makes me wonder since i can hear it coming from the front cylinder only...
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well it could be a few things, im thinking it soulds like a valve adjustment could take care of it. The fact that the dealer didnt figure it out makes me think you may want to find a new dealer. As long as your still under warranty i would take to another shop and see what they say and/or do before you mess with it too much.
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People generally don't like to hear this, but with all Kawasaki FI bikes, there is a slight pinging/ticking sound coming from the engine. You can't do anything about it, and the dealer should have made you aware of this. My dealer, when I bought my first Kawasaki, said that "There will be a slight pinging sound on any FI Kawasaki, it's so prevelant that we call them Kawa-knockies." Don't try to fix something that isn't broke, I went through everything you are going through with my 650R when I first got it -- took 3 weeks and numerous mechanics before someone finally said "Oh, it's a Kawasaki, that's just the normal FI sound."

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Mine does it too. Debaffling your pipes will make it go away

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People generally don't like to hear this, but with all Kawasaki FI bikes, there is a slight pinging/ticking sound coming from the engine. You can't do anything about it, and the dealer should have made you aware of this. My dealer, when I bought my first Kawasaki, said that "There will be a slight pinging sound on any FI Kawasaki, it's so prevelant that we call them Kawa-knockies." Don't try to fix something that isn't broke, I went through everything you are going through with my 650R when I first got it -- took 3 weeks and numerous mechanics before someone finally said "Oh, it's a Kawasaki, that's just the normal FI sound."
that's good to know ;]]

i'm still curious what it is that makes this sound/noise :}
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It sounds like a bad a spark plug boot or valve tick. Spark is easy to find at night with a small mirror looking down in to the cavern where the plug hides. The 900 makes several noises but the only ticking sound should come from the fuel injection solenoids. A simple debaffle makes most of the noises go away.

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finally i put on youtube a vid w/ the ticking noise that the engine makes, so you can give it a listen and give me your opinions. [vulcan 900se noise - video link]
the engine has ~6k miles, has Amsoil 20w-50 in it, and that noise is there regardless of octane gas used.
stock debaffled pipes at the moment; the noise was there before the debaffling. everything is stock on the bike.

the high pitch metallic noise comes from the front cylinder, somewhere on top of it. the ticking as you can hear, is sometimes 'off the beat';]and at certain rpms the noise seems to go away (min 2:00 on the vid); but when riding it's always there. i put my hand over the reed intake to mimic a 'reed valve marbling', but that doesn't help. prior to 20w-50 it had 10w-40 from the dealer w/ the same clicking-ticking noise.

any ideas what makes this noise and how to get rid of it? ;] thanks
nice video!!! that noise is perfectly normal, its your shims making contact with your valves. there is a tiny clearance between the two and thats the sound it makes.. if it doesnt make the nose, then you need an adjustment so you are fine.
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its funny how all the vulcan sound the same.. listened to the video, mine sounds the same way, during acceleration and all. i know the noises drive you nuts, but dont go looking for a problem when there is none. ive been told the same thing. i always want to open up the bike and clean shit, and lube it and make it run at top performance when it already is.
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