Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: On the road. UK to NZ
2010 Wee Rattle
A rattle in somewhere around the front cylinder when cold, it moves up the rev range as the engine warms before disappearing completely.
I'm on a long trip and currently in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, heading for the Pamir highway so my resources are pretty limited but I'm trying to figure out if it's going to be a serious problem, or just a new noise that's developed. (facebook.com/travellingent)
It started about 7 "riding" days ago, about 2000 miles, and I don't think it's gotten worse. It started the day after a very long, hot and bumpy day through Kazakhstan which certainly could have affected it, but I've done the same kind of day before and since that. One morning, no noise, the next morning, cold rattle.
I bought the bike at 7,500 and this noise kicked in at about 20,000 miles, almost all of that done on this trip.
I've checked all bolts in the area I can find easily for tightness, I've adjusted the Clutch Push-rod(?) very tight to ensure it's not that (then put it back again) the chain and sprockets, both tyres and oil have been replaced 800 miles ago with no change in the noise. It happens when still, in gear or not.
There is one bike mechanic in this town and though I couldn't replicate the noise with him perfectly (getting the bike cold during the 30 degree daytime is hard) he was very sure it wasn't a loose valve flapping around.
It is a little worrying since it came on suddenly and if it explodes I'm pretty stranded somewhere. Though all I've read about noises on DL650 is that they're pretty normal. The next 3 weeks is my best chance to fix or replace anything broken since I head through China and Pakistan for 2 months after here where parts and fixes are near impossible. India in 3 months time is the next place I could get things shipped in.
Any ideas of what it could be, with a solution or not, no need to argue on how likely they are, just ideas would be great, even anecdotal. At least I might be able to rule out what it isn't.