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Ticking when cruising and not under load or going down hill

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Not a lot of information to go on. I really need more. Is the sound coming from the engine, transmission, rear wheel, front wheel, or you just can't tell? Does it tick when going down the road with the clutch lever pulled in? While you have the clutch lever pulled in, turn the engine off and see if it goes away. Try different things in order to get a "change" in the noise. Once you find something that makes the noise change, then figure out why.

Now, you're ticking could be an exhaust leak somewhere. Look for black soot around the exhaust pipe joints. I could also be rock hung in your drive belt. Roll the bike and look on the inside of the belt for a small rock or something hung in it.

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