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tick tick tick...F*CK THIS THING!

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alright, ive had it, im fed up i can take it no longer. this ticking is driving me up a damn wall...and why? because this 10000 dollar bike sounds like a piece of shit. people at the light look at me funny. now i KNOW what all yall are going to say..so please contain yourselves. im about to make a point.

*note* do yall's bikes tick at idle, or all the time? mine gets a lil louder with rpm, seems to be the ugliest at 4-6000 rpm, i guess after that my pipe hides the sound.

i build race motors for a living, i have heard every god awful valvetrain out there. this is not a happy sound the bike is making, but it is definately a valve train noise. it has gotten louder in the past 400 miles {3500 now, 3100 when i bought it} has anyone ever really figured out why they tick? this so called "follower" is the bucket the sits on top of the valve lash adjusting shim. where the f*ck is tapping against to make this noise. is the bucket sticking to the cam and being pulled off the shim then slammed back down? is it the wrong size for the hole it is in? excessive "skirt" clearence if you will. help me out here someone, anyone. no i wont ignore it, and you should NOT advise people to ignore this sound. not everyone can tell the diff between motor noises. anyhow back to my pos....
anyhow this noise sounds suspicously like cam chain noise to me...do these things tend to break chain tensioners? do the chains need to be adjusted or is it automatic? any ideas here? PLEASE FOR GODS SAKE SOMEONE HELP ME! if it cant be fixed, im gonna sell it and get a busa...
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Here is a note on ticking that I copied from the V and M Racing site

Re: Tapping/clicking noise
No problem, luv2ride, I run an R1 Y2K bought new, now 5000km. My R1 started ticking like yours after 2 days, so I got in touch with the tech dept. at the Italian importer Belgarda and this is what they said: The noise is common to about 15% of R1 production and is caused by the followers under the camshafts. These followers have a min/max. tollerance and if they're on the max side, the followers on the left side will click. This is due to a very slight drop in oil pressure on the left side of the valve train as the oil pump is situated on the engine's right hand side, thats why it doesnt click on the right! Now, these "noisy" engines are reputedley considered to be slightly more powerful than, all else being equal, non ticking engines (due to minor attrition), to the point that many racers fit followers on the max. tollerance side.
Belgarda proposed to change the followers under warranty if I wished, (each follower has a colour code, there are 3 colours according to dimension) or if I found the ticking to be disturbing but I eventually declined (after a while you get used to it and its nice to know youve got one of those 15%of more powerful R1s) . Cheers , Pete
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