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Tapping noise At about 11K mls, I started to hear a tapping in the front of the engine (2006). Now at 20K mls, the tapping is more rapid. No noticeable loss of power or efficiency. Anybody else?

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  • brock_boudre Feb 13, 2009


    It sounds like a lifter to me. But some bikes just have odd noises and I haven't heard another 650 so...


  • brock_boudre Mar 06, 2009

    Had the valves checked. They're adjusted, but I still hear the noise. Boys at the shop say everything checks out.

    Rapity Tap Tap in cylinder No 1.



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Could be a hydrualic lifter that is causing the noise. You would have to take off the valve cover to find out and then put a new gasket on whemn you put it back again.

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