This is on a new to me 2003 VL800, about 11k miles. On top of the regular expected exhaust brup-brup I also hear a relatively loud noise coming from near the engine. It's always in time with the engine and happens in and out of neutral, clutch in or not. I can hear it when riding in my full face helmet pretty well.
Just want to make sure I'm not riding on something that's not mechanically sound. The bike rides fine, plenty of power. Aside from vibrating my butt in second at certain RPM ranges, nothing to complain about.
Location: Second Star to the right, then straight on till morning.
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That's what mechanical engines are supposed to sound like. The ticking is from the valves opening and closing 1000 times a minute. The whirr is the timing chain, spinning merrily away inside the engine case. You may want to do a valve clearance check at you first opportunity.
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Okie dokie, thank you! I am pretty new to wrenching on motorcycles, this is my second season riding, so I don't have much to compare it to to know if that's a healthy engine or one where something is rubbing. Your reply is much appreciated!
It's idling too fast IMO. Normal idle rate with choke out but after warming up and its still that fast, its a bit high. Drop it but not so low that it lopes
Yes, I believe it is. Part of it is that I added a bit of 2 stroke oil to the tank after I cleaned out all the rust and before I added the gas, and it's still working through that. Should be all out shortly and at the next fill-up it'll be burning clean gas. Then I'll use the tach I have to set it at 1100 RPM as the manual suggests, and hopefully it'll run right.