Finally got my 95 TB running with the help of some gurus on the site. Tip: if you cannot find the duckbill filter, do not assume the PO removed it...
Now maybe I can solve the sound that it was making months ago when it last ran. The bike starts fine, runs good. UNTIL you turn it off. Then the last mechanical sound it makes sounds like someone hammering on the case (left side) internal with a hammer. It does NOT make this sound when starting. Can the sprag only make a racket upon shutdown?
Maybe another hint: my spare TB makes a lot less mechanical noise when running. It also does not exhibit the CLACK upon shutdown.
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Hi Lu-Anne, for this situation I would call my local dealer or reputable shop's service/parts department and inquire about any possible quick fix/test or parts inquiry. If necessary transport your vehicle to the dealer or shop and have a professional technician take it for a test drive, if it is in running condition, and give you a written estimate of repairs and answer any specific questions you may have about your issue. For more information about your issue please visit the website below. Good luck and have a nice day.
Odds are that you have lost the roller bearing on the end of a tappet. This most often occurs between 25 - 30 thousand miles for some reason. I've seen them go bad in as little as 13 K miles. Then, I've seen them still running well at 75K miles. Just depends on how lucky or unlucky you are. The bad part is that when this happens, it usually takes the camshaft out with it as it scars one of the lobes up beyond serviceability. Time for a nice little V-Thunder cam.
The starter is grounded through it's body. Ventually another ground runs from the engine to the battery, but not near the starter.
Your description sounds like your solenoid is firing, but no starter function. This can be low battery, soleniod contact problems, starter problems (like damaged windings)...
Start with carefully clipped on jumper cables and see what you get...
If low battery, usually you get rapid clicking: you have enough power to energize the solenoid, but not enough to run the starter motor, so voltage drops, solenoid de energizes, it relases. THEN there is enough battery, solenoid energizes,....and this cycle happens many times a second.
Hope this helps you to get to the bottom of what is happening. MOST likely is battery power. I always disconnect negative cable for longer parked intervals.
20W-50 is good for muffling sounds in the motor. Depending on the loudness the ticking could be caused by Exhaust gaskets (o-rings) from the head to the head pipe(ticking sound ((at idle))and popping or backfiring on deceleration). When automatic cam chain adjusters are going bad you get a clicking sound, or worse, hydraulic valve lifters (for zero tolerance) going bad. Lifters tend to be a loud clacking sound.
Haryley tranny's do make a lot of noise, a good clean snap is normal. I ride a sporster and oil through the air filter is normal. Try running it a little low on oil it will help and it won't hurt the engine.