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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-01-2018, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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Timing or Cam chain noise

So I have a low Grrrr sound starting on take off, gets less noticeable in second, very little in third and then goes away or cannot hear at least in 4th. saw this on another thread but thread was too old: My concern is engine noise which sounds a lot like a cam chain....Noise isn't real loud and usually only audible at low rpm when accelerating..

Anyone else got this? I guess I may notice it more after a all day drive but not sure if just because when come off highway my ears are more sensitive to it. Its really been doing it since probably about 5k on it, maybe even before that.

Thoughts? have 22k on bike, never had valve checked. ONLY under load do i hear it, never at idle or when idle revving engine.

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-01-2018, 06:11 PM
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What year? Also, Where on the engine do you hear it? Front, rear, Left or right area?
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Alternater bearing? Looks like you have a fairly new model so it might still be under warranty.

If so donít hesitate to take it to the dealer!

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It's possible that it could be the timing gear or cam chain but very unlikely IMO. I kind of agree with the alternator idea myself.

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You can use a long screwdriver. Put it in different places on the engine, including the alternator, and rev the engine. It doesn't make sense that you can't hear it sitting still if it's the timing chain.
I've noticed if I hear any noise, I become more sensitive to it. I have a 2012 and the alternator whine is loud above 2500 rpm. I just ignore it now.
You may also be hearing some pre-ignition if you are lugging the engine.

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My 07 does it all the time. Loudest at idle but continues. Due to typical noises of riding a mc it’s less obvious on the road but it’s still there. It’s coming from the timing chain area and the rhythm increases with engine rpm. I feel fairly certain I’m hearing the chains and one of these days I’m going to investigate it in more depth. I’ve heard that a lot of the 1800s have this in common. Doesn’t mean there is a problem, just some are noisy.
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post #7 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-03-2018, 05:24 AM
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In your post, you mentioned that it's been going on for 15k miles.

If that is true and the noise is in the same level range then what you have could just be a noise. A bearing, tensioner, chain, or whatever is going to get steadily worse with mileage.
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Ok, so Iíve determined what Iím hearing IS the rear alternator bearing. Iím sure I can do this but if anyone has done it and can offer some tips, Iím all ears.
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So I have a low Grrrr sound starting on take off, gets less noticeable in second, very little in third and then goes away or cannot hear at least in 4th. saw this on another thread but thread was too old: My concern is engine noise which sounds a lot like a cam chain....Noise isn't real loud and usually only audible at low rpm when accelerating..

Anyone else got this? I guess I may notice it more after a all day drive but not sure if just because when come off highway my ears are more sensitive to it. Its really been doing it since probably about 5k on it, maybe even before that.

Thoughts? have 22k on bike, never had valve checked. ONLY under load do i hear it, never at idle or when idle revving engine.
Poor grade of gas. I think you are hearing piston slap or normally called engine knock because timing is too far advanced or poor gas. If timing is too far advanced then premium fuel is necessary. It goes away when not under heavy load is the hint.

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Ok, so Iíve determined what Iím hearing IS the rear alternator bearing. Iím sure I can do this but if anyone has done it and can offer some tips, Iím all ears.
If it is quieter under load it can not be the alternator bearing. It would get even louder no matter the load on the engine.

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