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post #1 of 18 Old 07-05-2019, 06:57 AM Thread Starter
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Do all DLs have such ticky engines?

Hi Everyone,

I've got 2200 miles on my 2019 DL1000XT, and am curious about a ticking sound the engine sometimes makes.

It only does it after everything is warmed up to operating temperature, and it's not anything nasty like a rod knock or heavy machine noise. It's a distinct light ticking sound, probably seems much louder to me than it actually is because I'm sitting on top of it, RPM-dependent, that's audible in the lower gears between about 2.5k and 4k RPM. It may do it after 4k, too, but at that point there's enough background noise that it's drowned out.

First guesses would be maybe it's spark knock or a valve that's a bit loose (do these machines have self-adjusting lifters?), but that's guesses.

Could this be the double-ignition that I'm hearing? Is it just a noise that these engines make? I may take it by the dealer just to have them listen to it, but it's more curiousity than concern. She runs just like she should as far as I can tell.

And of course, my first line of troubleshooting is to choose a new exhaust to give her a bit more thump
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-05-2019, 08:49 AM
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It's definitely not lifters; the engine is a dual overhead cam, so there aren't any.

I've been on the forum a few years now and I don't think I've ever heard of double-ignition as a characteristic problem of these bikes. What's supposed to be occurring during double ignition?

These bikes do make noises. The late lamented forum guru, Greywolf, always said the solution to most odd noises that this bike made was a set of earplugs. If I was in your shoes though, and the bike was brand new, and was consistently making the same noise, I'd probably swing by the dealership to see what they say. Either that, or post a video on here of the bike while it's running and see if anyone here can identify the noise and say if it's normal or not.
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post #3 of 18 Old 07-05-2019, 09:05 AM
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I feel your pain.

The third or fourth time i expressed worries about the odd sounds of the engine, my mechanic took the time to explain every single noise, and the part it was related to. While the engine was opened later on, parts were inspected, everything was mint. I think i heard a new sound on my road trip to AC, or it might just be that my music wasn't as loud as usual.

Ps: In case of doubt, don't take a chance and consult your mechanic.
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post #4 of 18 Old 07-05-2019, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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DOHC engines have lifters, too, hollow pucks that sit between the cam and valve stem, in the case of mechanical lifters there's a precision shim under said puck that one adjusts to set valve lash. True, it doesn't lift in a literal sense, rather is pushes, and maybe it isn't even called a lifter, but anyway that's the device I was referring to.

It's good to know that others have ticky engines, too, if that's simply what these engines do then ok.

I'll bring it by the shop anyway, also as mentioned it's cheap insurance since the machine is new, and if all is well then a thumpier exhaust will help.

Thanks, guys!
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post #5 of 18 Old 07-05-2019, 11:18 AM
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These are noisy engines... it was the first thing I noticed coming from the smooth 650. Earplugs and music fix them all.
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post #6 of 18 Old 07-05-2019, 11:19 AM
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My 800ST BMW sounded like a can of bolts shaken vigorously at startup.
The Wee has some sounds.
My earplugs takes away the scary but not life threatening sounds.
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post #7 of 18 Old 07-05-2019, 11:22 AM
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That "puck" you mention is called a bucket. Shim and bucket design. Most stable design for mechanical valve clearance there is. DOHC engines can have a design with followers. Which are in many ways similar to a lifter/rocker assembly on a non overhead cam engine.

Yes, these engines are very noisy. They have straight cut gears in the valve train. And the power train to the transmission. The cam chains can and do make noise, especially at idle where the crank speed varies with each piston firing and the dead time between them.

You can take the bike to the dealer. But they don't work for nothing, and all too often they get in situations where they just cannot satisfy a customer with a noise complaint.

I have found that once you and the bike get over your honeymoon, all sorts of noises and issues might become apparent. Normal. I suspect you too would think the noise normal would you have a chance to ride a couple other newer DL 1000's. What you want to watch for in noises is a CHANGE. If it stays the same, that is probably good. If it changes, you then want to know why.

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post #8 of 18 Old 07-05-2019, 11:49 AM
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V-Stroms have one of the most reliable motors made for motorcycles.
Don't let the noises bother you just ride it.

Compare it to a dry clutch Ducati, you'll think a Strom purrs in comparison!

Yea wear ear plugs of course like you should on any bike.

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post #9 of 18 Old 07-05-2019, 11:51 PM
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From your description that's not a normal DL 1000 sound.

Could be fuel. Try using premium for a couple of tanks.

The other thing that can cause that is a an exhaust leak (Air mixes with the mostly but not completely burnt fuel in the exhaust and it ignites). You'll usually see an oily stain near the leak point if it is that, that would be a really rare problem on a new bike.
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post #10 of 18 Old 07-06-2019, 10:35 AM
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I'm using a cheapy helmet intercom with bluetooth to play music or FM radio from my phone. The helmet speakers are plenty loud, so if my Wee ever blows up, I won't know it until the oil light comes on. You're lucky, you have the advantage of a warranty!
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