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Heya, I have a 2008 Kawi Ninja 250r and when I turn the engine on and position it upright I start to hear a ticking noise, but when I lean it on the side stand it goes away. So weird! I also recently went to get my rear tire changed and the guys there said they'll have to open the whole engine up to diagnose the problem which will cost me a lot so I was wondering if anyone has had the same problem and could tell me??? Please and thank you!!:)
 

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Hello and welcome! That ticking noise is most likely the cam chain tensioner and is normal on Kawasakis.
 

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Okay thank you! Do you think cleaning it with brake cleaner would help???
No, the cam chain and tensioner are internal to the engine.
 

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Hello and welcome! That ticking noise is most likely the cam chain tensioner and is normal on Kawasakis.
Have a ninja 900 and seem to have a light ticking when I start my bike as well. Does not stop when I lean the bike however. Cam chain tensioner... does this problem span all engine sizes for the kawasakis or just the smaller ones. I understand its an internal problem and could potentially be involved... is there a lot of potential damage that can come from not getting this fixed or is it just a noisy inconvenience...?

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It is normal for all Kawasaki sportbike engines that I know of. There isn't really anything to fix. It's just part of the sound they make. However, if it really bothers you, some people replace the OEM tensioner with a manually adjustable tensioner: APE Manual Cam Chain Tensioner Installation

I wouldn't worry about it at all though.
 

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Thanks for the info... (sigh of relief ). Doesnt really bother me so much just bec my bike really is so loud its very difficult to hear while your riding. I noticed it it while idling and then paid attention to it while I was riding... glad to know

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