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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-23-2017, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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I rode my bike in the BABS Memorial Ride 2017 - that was May 13th. Two-and-a-half hours to get there. Rode the Ride the next day (10am to 4pm - stopped for coffee and for lunch). Rode back home another 2-1/2 hours the following day. Chilly here in Ontario - got the head cold to prove it. Bike rode great. First real ride of the season. Did I mention it's been chilly here? Hoping the real spring is soon gonna happen!

So with the BABS Ride behind us, I was looking forward to good riding weather ahead. First thing --- get that oil change done. OOPS, my son Simon has bike troubles so I lend him my bike for Thursday and Friday May 18 and 19. Thursday evening, he asked me to take my bike for a spin since he noticed a little ticking/rattle sound. He went away for the evening, assumed that I had checked it. Nope, I had forgotten all about that as I working on a deadline for something else. He rode it for almost an hour on the highway both to and from work on Friday with that knocking!! EEK! Again, let me say he thought I had checked it out before he rode it on Friday so when he fired it up on Friday, he assumed all is well. So now it's Monday, May 22 that I get to do the oil change. I fire it up to take it around a couple of blocks to warm up the oil, but wait....what's that sound? I hear a knocking - a loud knocking!

Hmmmmm, did I run with low oil? Did I run it with way too much LOW OIL? DID I KILL MY BIKE????

I had to get a replacement oil cap so today (Tuesday, May 23) is when I actually completed the oil change. I fired it up, yup still knocking, and took it around our very short block -- just wanted to get the oil through - but afraid to go too far. Ran so nice 'n smooth. Felt good, but the knocking scares me.

I'm hoping to wake up from this nightmare. My husband and I are scheduled to ride our bikes out east to PEI to join in the Canada's 911 Ride in Prince Edward Island.

HELP! Anyone have pearls of wisdom to share?

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can't offer any advice but will offer to say a prayer hoping its nothing major...good luck and hope someone comes along soon to help.
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Knocking is never a good thing. How many miles (or Kilometers) on the bike? When was the last valve adjustment? Was it low on oil when you went to do the oil change?

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Probably looking at one of the following: a spent camchain/tensioner, or bad connecting rod bearing, or piston/wrist pin issue.

If You have a stethoscope, try to pin-point the location of the knocking sound.
If not, use a long, thin, screwdriver to listen, by pressing the business end against various places on the motor, while pressing Your ear snugly on the handle, simultanously.

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Could be.... Lots of miles there without checking the oil level. As you know, these bikes will use oil on long days, highway runs, and we can't know how the son rode it as well. Very well could have spun a bearing in the lower end. Hate to hear that.

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Just to level set the conversation, did you ever check to see what the oil level was in the bike before you rode it? More important, since you have already changed it, did you measure to see how much oil came out of the crankcase?

It sounds like classic C50 oil starvation to me. The engine began using more and more oil, without spewing tell tale signs of blue smoke. You kept riding it, thinking everything was ok, until all of a sudden, boom. Low oil.

Heavy knocking is almost always crankshaft, connecting rod, or piston/wrist pin. It requires a complete teardown and rebuild of the bike. In 2012, the cost just to refresh the top end of my bike (to take care of the oil consumption) was $1500 including two new cam chains, guides, tensioners and labour. The price topped $2000 when I began thinking of the worn bottom end of the bike. Your options are 1: Sell the bike. 2: Repair the engine (very expensive) or 3: Purchase a donor engine (still expensive).
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I'm thinking it rode well before you lent it to Simon.

Simon already had a broken bike for whatever reason.

Simon sez ( I just had to ) there's a noise YOU should check out.

See a pattern here?

Simon has bad luck with bikes and owes you a new Harley Davidson you should NEVER let him ride.
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video to listen

https://goo.gl/photos/LzeaHPGzhh7Zguyz7


Sounds like I just need a bandaid, right? Your thoughts?

Lois

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Sounds like something in the valve train is loose or broken.
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Tickity boo sounds like, Tickity BOOM

Don't be a dummy and ride unprotected, it's like picking up a prostitute without bringing a condom along for the ride.

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