Ticking in 1986 GL1200


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blackrook
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Location: lethbridge, Alberta
Motorcycle: 1986 GL1200 Interstate

Ticking in 1986 GL1200

Postby blackrook » Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:26 pm



I have a 1986 GL1200. It has an intermittent ticking sound at lower RPMs. It has 40,000 miles on it. It runs very well. Has lots of power. I am wondering if it is one of the hydraulic tappets ticking. Also when I bring the RPMs up to about 4000 and I cut the throttle it has a fine vibration. I would appreciate any help with these issues. Thanks.



raycw
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Location: Jackson, CA
Motorcycle: 88 GL1500

Re: Ticking in 1986 GL1200

Postby raycw » Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:50 am

There was a bulletin about a ticking noise that dealt with readjusting the distance on the rocker shaft. Normally the noise was there from the time it was manufactured so I'd doubt that to be the cause.

It could be a worn out lifter but more information would help before trying to make a better diagnosis.

As far as the 'fine vibration'.... is this when you rev the engine in neutral or when you're driving at highway speeds??
In neutral... it's probably normal. It's a reciprocating engine...
At high way speeds it could be a drive shaft related problem. Maybe the u-joint???

blackrook
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Location: lethbridge, Alberta
Motorcycle: 1986 GL1200 Interstate

Re: Ticking in 1986 GL1200

Postby blackrook » Sat Jul 03, 2010 7:25 pm

Thanks for your reply Raycw. I checked for the vibration and it is there when the bike is sitting still in neutral. So as you say it is probably normal.
As for the ticking sound it is the most prevalent when I am driving and I accelerate from 1500 RPM to 2500 RPM. After 2500 it seems to disappear. It is also noticeable at 1000 RPMs when the engine is cold. Thanks.

raycw
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Location: Jackson, CA
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Re: Ticking in 1986 GL1200

Postby raycw » Sat Jul 03, 2010 7:38 pm

You might try using some oil additive like SeaFoam. It'd be best to use it with fresh oil, I'd recommend a 10w/40 that is NOT 'star burst' (designed for auto engines- can cause problems with motorcycles) and add the recommended amount of SeaFoam as discribed on the can. Give it about 2k miles.




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