Last model year of "the tick"
I'm glad to be a member of your forum now. I've browsed a lot of information here for awhile now, but just joined a few days ago for reasons I'm about to explain. About 2 years ago I bought my first FJR, a 2006 with app. 52,000 miles on it. I loved it immediately, except for the weird rattling sound from the right side of the engine. Thanks to Google pointing me to a thread here, I learned about the cam chain tensioner and that I better replace it right away. I took care of that and was happy again, until the trans started slipping in 2nd gear. Again thanks to google leading me here, I found out what was wrong, and that it would only get worse until it was fixed. I put it off as long as I could but finally had to tear into the thing. Again thanks to things I've read here, I determined that it was within my ability to do it myself. Well it was a long difficult process, but I got everything back together and started it up about a month ago. Miracle of miracles, everything worked perfectly! Until maybe the 3rd time I rode it after it was back together. I started to hear an intermittent tapping. Now with each successive ride, the tapping seems to be getting more pronounced and constant. The fine details are as follows: The sound is directly tied to RPM. It is present, but fairly quiet at idle, but not until the bike is warm. It goes away at RPM's above idle speed, but comes back around 2500 or so. It doesn't seem to be present above 4000. These RPM values tend to shift around some for reasons I can't comprehend. It's also possibly affected by engine load, in that it seems very noticeable at 3000 RPM in 3rd gear at cruise, but not at 3000 in 5th at highway speed. It should also be mentioned that I measured and adjusted the valve clearance while I had the engine apart. Maybe 7 valves needed adjustment. They are mostly at or near the higher recommended clearance value now. So after all that, the basic questions are: Can my 2006 be a ticker, and if not, what else could explain my symptoms? Thanks for any guidance you wizards can offer.