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Motorcycle Repair / 2005 Concours


Expert: Shively — 1/20/2005

Good Morning,

I Purchased my New three weeks ago, it now has 1000 miles on it and received first service at 600 miles, as in the Owners Manual. Since it has been back to the shop for the complaints:

1. A tick,tick,tick, sound started in the morning or after the has gotten cold, this to improve as the bike warms-up but fully goes away.

2. The is a bit sluggish, most obvious in 2nd and 3rd

3. When I come to a stop I gasoline.

4. Back-firing from to time

5. More exhaust the Left pipe(white, occassionally in color)more pronounced when the has gotten cold or first in the morning.

I have followed the procedures listed in the owners

I ride 130 miles per day round (65 each way)to and from mostly highway.

The weather in Florida has been a bit cold in the (28-40 F) and I have had to choke the to get it started which resulted in a plug which the dealership

Any Ideas would be greatly


Hi Alan,

Q: A tick,tick,tick, when started in the morning or the engine has gotten cold, seems to improve as the bike but never fully goes

A: This is common and ok. The ticking is the rocker arm pads contacting the stem heads. Excessive clearance causes this No harm, just annoying/disturbing.

or not enough valve clearance damages to valves and valve The ticking usually goes with a few miles as the parts into the new adjustments. I’ve beside a couple of goober who sometimes boogered-up due to lack of skills.

Their work sometimes with de-tuning the motorcycle’s I reluctantly mention it, but it’s a Do the techs at the shop have (certificates on display)?

Q: The excelleration is a bit most obvious in 2nd and 3rd gear.

A: be a variety of things causing and may be related to one or more of the symptoms I suspect carburetor synchronization is off a

Q: When I come to a stop I gasoline.

A: Do you notice any puddling or of gasoline on the roadway or surfaces at or work? Check the airbox tube. Remove the plug and try and the contents (if any) for inspection.

Is any evidence of oil or gas in the airbox base? may be due to spark plug fouling, but commonly overfilling float and varnishing. The MC is new, so unlikely last two items.

Q: Back-firing from time to

A: Again, this could be a air-fuel mix, fouled/fouling plug, valve timing, or ignition problem. Defective air diaphragm valves on the sides of carburetors would cause symptom, too, but your doesn’t have them.

Q: exhaust from the Left occassionally blue in color)more when the engine has gotten or first thing in the morning.

A: is common, too. May indicate air-fuel mixtures as exhaust from lighter to darker

Q: I have followed the break-in listed in the owners manual

A: topic is controversial. We like to the longevity of our expensive MC’s by the recommendations of the manufacturer. Some belive the best metheod for in a new engine is run ’em hard. more here:

I replace worn cylinders and with new and put them to the extreme of motorcycle roadracing with the breaking being engine up. The only difference is the angle of hatch on the cylinders is less for break in. More angle oil on cylinder walls.

Engines for use have greater angles for Other engine parts and have to break-in, too.

The advice I can share with and friends is to always allow the to reach operating temperatures putting a load on the engine. are either cast or forged an a shape. Cylinders are machined round. Pistons are designed to more round like to fit pistons rings to cylinder for optimum sealing.

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Also, plugs become easily when we accelerate while are not up to operating temperatures. Gasoline’s coat the insulator and easily to the surface as the plugs reach op This fouls the plugs as the conducts electricty.

So allow an extra ten minutes in commute to allow for the engine to up.

Things to know that car and manufacturers do not want the motoring to know about.

Review my and the links and give me your I’d send you several files if I had an emaill address as

Visit: and click OEM and then select your MC the menus that follow to see parts on line. They Service/Repair Manuals, too. Get a and consider performing maintenance and yourself. You’ll enjoy it.

on AllExperts to aid you when necessary.

Mark Shively

Sample files:

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Spark weak:

Ignition trouble

Fuel/air mixture

Pilot screw maladjusted

ring bad (worn, weak, or sticking)

Piston ring/land excessive

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Cylinder head

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