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Engine ticking - should I worry? - June 18, 2007, 09:17 AM

Newbie here w/a mechanical question -- I have an Ď06 Ninja 250 with about 900 miles that I bought last month.

I havenít ridden in several days and decide last night just to start the bike up for a minute. When I first start it (no choke), the engine sounds very sluggish, like itíll stall out any moment. I waited a moment, it sounds like itís about to stall, I open the choke a bit Ė it dies. Swell; now Iíve flooded the engine. Try starting a couple of times with no luck, so I decide to wait a few minutes.

10 minutes later, come out and try again. This time the bike starts right up and runs at normal idle (around 1k+). But now Iím hearing an intermittent ticking sound. Crap. I wait and listen Ė itís not steady at first, but then as the engine idles for about 30 seconds the ticking goes from intermittent to steady. I gently revved it a few times and donít hear the ticking at higher RPM, but the sound is there as soon as the bike idles again.

Iíve done some research and know that ticking could indicate a valve issue. I donít have maintenance records so I think Iím wise to assume that the 500 mi. service (and any necessary valve adjustment) has not been performed, and I was planning on taking the bike in for a complete once-over. Now Iím worried, though - should I toss her on a trailer and take her in asap? Or am I overreacting?

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June 18, 2007, 09:25 AM

The ticking is more than likely the slides in the carbs. In the 250, they tend to chatter a little bit. If your valves are ticking, it means your valve clearance is at the looser end of spec. That's not a bad thing so much.
If you are really concerned, ride it by the dealer and let one of the techs have a listen. 98 times out of 100, it's the riding hearing something that's normal.


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June 18, 2007, 09:26 AM

At 900 miles I doubt you're having a valve issue but it's not something you should just disregaurd either.

I would suggest if you don't know how or are not comfortable wrenching your bike that you bring it in to a shop and have it fully checked over. Especially if you think that first service was not done. It could be something very small and easy to fix or it could be your warning of a much larger problem.

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June 18, 2007, 09:33 AM

http://www.ninja250.info/maintenance...ain/valves.htm



here's a link with some good info if you want to learn more.


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June 18, 2007, 09:34 AM

I'd say its 99% likely its not a problem. If you are a newbie, you probably just haven't grown accustomed to the little sounds a sportbike makes. Over time, you start hearing a tick here a tick there... its nothing to worry about. I was concerned about the exact same thing with my first bike.


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June 18, 2007, 10:00 AM

Thanks so much for the advice and the links - this is really helpful.

The FAQ section on ninja250.org is really comprehsenive and has been become my bible... that's what led me to think that 1) it might be a valve issue and 2) if I'm not 100% sure about the 500 mi. service, I'd better have the bike looked at to be safe, anyway.

I'll take it out in the next night or two for a short ride and see how things sound/feel. I'm still definitely in the "new rider getting adjusted to new bike" category, so this could be something normal.

Hey, at least I know I'm clueless.


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Im still waiting for you to show up at the spot with it girlie. You know you can't just ride in the daytime forever. JK. Take your time.


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This brings back memories of the 1st time I went to check out a Ducati.

Anyone who has one knows what I mean. - Dry Clutch.
That's obviously not the issue here - good luck with it, i am sure these guys will take care of you.
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depends...did it come with a video of bin laden?


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