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Old 01-26-2012, 11:58 PM   #1
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V-Strom loud TICKING/TAPPING from front

been going on since I got the bike, but seems to be worse now than 5,000 miles ago.....a pretty loud metallic TAPPING noise from the front cylinder, from 2,500-4,000 RPM, when floating or decelerating. Under load, it's basically quiet. Below 2,500 rpm or above 4,000 rpm, it's basically quiet. The "tap" is in synchronicity with the motor.

Using 20/50 oil. I know the V-strom motor is based on the TL motor, which stands for "ticks loudly"; but man, this just seem excessive. I just switched to a 1/2 helmet rather than the full.....so my ears are exposed. The tapping seems so loud that it's borderline embarrassing. I feel like people hear this TAP TAP TAP TAP TAP TAP.

Anyone else? Thoughts??
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:03 AM   #2
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been going on since I got the bike, but seems to be worse now than 5,000 miles ago.....a pretty loud metallic TAPPING noise from the front cylinder, from 2,500-4,000 RPM, when floating or decelerating. Under load, it's basically quiet. Below 2,500 rpm or above 4,000 rpm, it's basically quiet. The "tap" is in synchronicity with the motor.

Using 20/50 oil. I know the V-strom motor is based on the TL motor, which stands for "ticks loudly"; but man, this just seem excessive. I just switched to a 1/2 helmet rather than the full.....so my ears are exposed. The tapping seems so loud that it's borderline embarrassing. I feel like people hear this TAP TAP TAP TAP TAP TAP.

Anyone else? Thoughts??
Valve adjustment?
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Old 01-27-2012, 06:21 AM   #3
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been going on since I got the bike, but seems to be worse now than 5,000 miles ago.....a pretty loud metallic TAPPING noise from the front cylinder, from 2,500-4,000 RPM, when floating or decelerating. Under load, it's basically quiet. Below 2,500 rpm or above 4,000 rpm, it's basically quiet. The "tap" is in synchronicity with the motor.

Using 20/50 oil. I know the V-strom motor is based on the TL motor, which stands for "ticks loudly"; but man, this just seem excessive. I just switched to a 1/2 helmet rather than the full.....so my ears are exposed. The tapping seems so loud that it's borderline embarrassing. I feel like people hear this TAP TAP TAP TAP TAP TAP.

Anyone else? Thoughts??
Check the valves at 15k. These things sound like they are going to grenade at any time.

There are few failures. I did have an 06 that broke the front cam chain at 40k...............but.................VERY rare incident, as far as my research has found.

Ride it...........and wear earplugs
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Old 01-27-2012, 06:23 AM   #4
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Cam chain tensioner? Valve adjustment out of whack wouldn't change under load variation like you describe. Don't assume it is the front cylinder, keep an open mind about where it is coming from, noises can be tricky to pinpoint.
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Old 01-27-2012, 06:24 AM   #5
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Check valves, ear plugs, full face helmet.
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Old 01-27-2012, 06:33 AM   #6
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Might sound funny but I've had this with my V-Strom, got worried as it sounded serious. But turned out to be the chain, after a good cleaning and proper adjustment the sound stopped. The chain was "clicking" near the front sprocket so the sound seemed to come from the engine, I could even feel it. Diagnosed it by rolling down a slope with the engine off.
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Old 01-27-2012, 06:36 AM   #7
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I'm pretty confident this is your cam chain slapping around. I would have a good look at the tensioner, and the chain guides, and the chain itself.

BTW, I too had a low miles cam chain break on me, with all sorts of valve damage as a result.
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Old 01-27-2012, 06:59 AM   #8
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The DL1000 motor is definitely a louder motor than the 650, but if it doesn't sound normal, its worth a check for piece of mind. I would say definitely check your cam chain.

A friend with a 07 DL1000 with 25k just had to spend about $1600 after he let a lose came chain go way too far and it slapped around and beat up a bunch of stuff in the motor. A bunch of us with strom's were telling him his noises weren't normal to the 1000, but he kept riding it and wasn't until strangers started asking him what was wrong with his bike that he took notice. If you think its that loud, get it checked now.

Although its rare, it seems a few 1000's out there are having issues with the cam chain.
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Old 01-27-2012, 08:18 AM   #9
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In vest in an educated ear & you may save a lot of $.
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:05 AM   #10
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Thanks folks. Didn't mention that it happens when riding and on the stand; so, it's not the drive chain. I also fairly confident it's the top of the front cylinder, as I've even used a stethoscope.....tap tap tap tap / rap rap rap rap is by far most audible from the front valve cover. Also happens clutch in in or clutch out.

Never done the valves on this bike, but they should only get quieter, not louder. Also, the fact that the noise is there only when floating or decelerating makes it not look like a valve deal. Chain seems possible.

Is there any way to check the tensioner without tearing the thing down? Manually make sure it's clicked to the next point??
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:13 AM   #11
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Yes, the Strom motors are loud. But they just keep going.

You might meet up with another Strom owner or two and have them listen to it. A second set of eyes, errr ears would be a good thing.

Now if I could figure out why my Strom ticks when the front brakes are applied, I would be a happy man.
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:29 AM   #12
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Mine Does the Same Thing

I put a basket case 1000 together. I included brand new everything except cam chain tensioner. I suspect that the noise goes away after that. I will keep you posted. The $78.00 is in the Feb. budget.
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:36 AM   #13
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Check the valves, if they are in spec then it's probably just normal motor noise. The chances of something major failing in a v-strom engine is remote.
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:39 AM   #14
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Now if I could figure out why my Strom ticks when the front brakes are applied, I would be a happy man.
Mine too. All my mountain bikes have done it too.
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:41 AM   #15
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I put a basket case 1000 together. I included brand new everything except cam chain tensioner. I suspect that the noise goes away after that. I will keep you posted. The $78.00 is in the Feb. budget.
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So yours ticks/taps too? Where in SoCal are you?
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