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Have a 2008 HOnda CB250 with 6k miles. Noticed a

Have a 2008 Honda CB250 with 6k miles. Noticed a slight ticking noise on the way to work the other day (22 miles). Checked the oil before I left that afternoon and there was none showing on the dip. Drove 2 miles to buy oil and added it. Still ticking pretty loud. Going to do a full oil change this weekend (not going to ride it until then). Any idea what this noise is? If there is permanent damage done? It still runs and turns over with no problems.

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  • boocb250 Sep 10, 2009

    Thanks. When I did the last oil change I used Honda oil. I'll continue to do that. It was what the dealer recommended. Thanks for the info.

  • boocb250 Sep 10, 2009

    I added 2 quarts and it registered high on the dip. Thanks for the info.

  • boocb250 Sep 10, 2009

    Last time I used the dealer recommended Honda oil, though I'll look for the silkolene oil when I go to the bike shop tonight. The ticking is constant; it doesn't speed up with acceleration. Also, the shifter is rough when I shift up or down. No apparent loss of power, though it is only a 250. I don't beat on it either. Just a casual commuter bike.

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    ollie reece-jones May 11, 2010

    well due to no oil the engine runs hotter than it usual will do try the new oil for 2 months and see if the ticking goes away also use descent oil not crapy stuff like texaco etc use silkolene top oil manufacturers if the ticing doesnt go looks like the engine is damaged i cant really tell what it is as there is not enough information what i would do is take it to a bike shop and get them to hook a computer to the bike and see what the problem is good luck bud


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Depends on how much oil you had to add. If you had to add over two quarts then damage was done. If not check valve clearence.

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Yes buddy just ty it for 2 months it may cure itself

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