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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-07-2019, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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New 2019 650 ticking

So I bought my first streetbike about a month ago (grew up riding dirt bikes), a brand new 2019 Ninja 650 ABS. I put the first mile on it myself. It's been a great bike so far.

I've been riding it a lot, already have 1500 miles on it. I had the dealer do the first oil change at 530 miles, everything seemed normal. They did the inspection and stuff at that point too.

However I noticed in the past several hundred miles that the engine has developed a ticking sound that seems to be RPM dependent. It is more audible when the engine is under load than when you are free-revving it in neutral. The closest thing I can equate it to is the sound a hydraulic lifter on a car makes when its collapsed (can't hold oil pressure). I know the valves on these bikes use solid lifters/tappets so I know it can't be a collapsed lifter. It's loud enough that I can notice it with ear plugs in and my helmet on under 50 mph.

I've heard that the automatic cam chain tensioners on street bikes can be a bit finicky, which is odd to me since its such a simple part. But could that be the issue? I honestly can't think of anything else other than a defective or failed cam chain tensioner on a bike that is less than a month old with only 1500 miles on it. Oil level is fine.

What do you guys think?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-08-2019, 10:15 AM
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Hi and welcome to the forum

Since your bike is brand new I suggest that you take full advantage of the warranty, go straight to where you bought it, present them with the problem and demand a solution.

As I've written countless times in here, Kawasaki motorcycles make a characteristic noise known as Kawi noise, but what you described above really sounds as something way more serious.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-08-2019, 09:13 PM
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-20-2019, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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So I am starting to notice that the bike smells like unfiltered exhaust when its idling, more so than usual. Like a car that has had its catalytic converter removed. I'm starting to wonder if this ticking sound has anything to do with an exhaust leak before the muffler/catalytic converter? All of the header bolts are attached but I haven't checked their torque yet with a torque wrench.
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Torque alone may not be an accurate indicator but a visit to the dealer is
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Yesterday, 09:26 PM
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Sound like cams to me.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Yesterday, 09:27 PM
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Hey you're the same person who's had issues with the oil level right? I wouldn't take my chances and would claim warranty on it asap as oil over-pressure can very well damage your cams and top end. I would rather get it replaced before it becomes a problem they can say no to.
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I took a video of what it sounds like. This is a sound that I've heard before I had the oil overfill issue (which was a slight overfill, maybe 100 ml). Its gotten progressively louder since I first noticed it. You'll hear a distinct ticking noise, different from the exhaust thumping sound. I revved it up slightly so you can hear it go up with RPMs. I had just gotten home from a ride so the bike is warmed up (fans were kicking in at the end of the video).

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