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I am sure this has as already been covered but I couldn't find a thread. I rode about 300 miles today. Came home parked the bike to eat dinner. Went back out to put it in the garage and noticed a slight ticking coming from the valve cover area. Any thoughts or concerns. Changed oil about 500 mile ago. Honda semi synthetic.
 

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I am sure this has as already been covered but I couldn't find a thread. I rode about 300 miles today. Came home parked the bike to eat dinner. Went back out to put it in the garage and noticed a slight ticking coming from the valve cover area. Any thoughts or concerns. Changed oil about 500 mile ago. Honda semi synthetic.

Normal.
As long as you put the right amount of oil in it.
Its some what of a challenge for some owners and dealers.:serious:
 

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Typical hot exhaust system, pipes & headers & mufflers cooling off, contracting. Common with all engines, seems to be more noticeable with newer engines. More heat cycles it my do it less.. nothing to worry about. unless it explodes!!!!! Ride Safe!!!
 

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Typical hot exhaust system, pipes & headers & mufflers cooling off, contracting. Common with all engines, seems to be more noticeable with newer engines. More heat cycles it my do it less.. nothing to worry about. unless it explodes!!!!! Ride Safe!!!

I think he is talking about engine noise, not exhaust system cooling off.:smile2:
 

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The ticking noise is coming from the engine. 4.9 quarts with filters change.
 

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Before long you won't even notice it.....like a Singer sewing machine.....just ride and smile!
 

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I am sure this has as already been covered but I couldn't find a thread. I rode about 300 miles today. Came home parked the bike to eat dinner. Went back out to put it in the garage and noticed a slight ticking coming from the valve cover area. Any thoughts or concerns. Changed oil about 500 mile ago. Honda semi synthetic.
You don't say whether the ticking is while the bike is cooling down with engine off or when you restart the engine.
 

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Because of clearances needed for mechanical lifters and tappets, the engine will usually make more noise than a motor with hydraulic lifters, this is normal unless excessively loud. The fact that the engine is mostly exposed and that you probably wasn't wearing a helmet when you went to put it away probably made you more aware of it. I would really worry about it if the engine wasn't making these noises, because it would probably mean that your valves were too tight.
 

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I am sure this has as already been covered but I couldn't find a thread. I rode about 300 miles today. Came home parked the bike to eat dinner. Went back out to put it in the garage and noticed a slight ticking coming from the valve cover area. Any thoughts or concerns. Changed oil about 500 mile ago. Honda semi synthetic.
My 2018 Goldwing tour also exhibits a fairly loud ticking noise coming from the right side (The left side is as quiet a a church mouse) starting about 3-5 minutes after a cold start. The noise seems to diminish somewhat as the engine reaches full operating temperature. I've checked the valve clearances and they are all in spec.

What side is the ticking noise coming from on yours? Most of the threads that I've read about this indicate that the ticking noise is coming from the right side. In my opinion if the left side does not make any ticking noises then there is no reason for the right side to tick either assuming that all of the valves are in spec. If you do a search there is a video that someone recorded and posted of the ticking noise on theirs (Right Side). Mine is not quite as loud as the one in the video, but it is much louder than what I would consider normal.

Years ago I had a Corvette that I bought new that had a loud tapping noise coming from the rear of the engine on the left bank. The dealer replaced the pushrods, rocker arms and lifters, but the noise still persisted. While attending the National Corvette Homecoming, I had the opportunity to speak with a rep from the Flint Michigan engine plant and he was familiar with the problem. He said that they had a batch of defective cams that were ground to the wrong profile and that was causing the noise. Once they sent the new cam to my dealer and it was installed, the issue was resolved.

I'm wondering if this could be the problem here???? It seems strange that the majority of users who are complaining about tapping noises are reporting the noise from the right side.

There is also 1 case that I am aware of where a valve shim may have fallen out on the right side causing "Catastrophic Engine Failure" as reported by Cruiseman on a friends 2018 Goldwing. There is a video that described the issue and a sound clip of the noise. He was going to report what caused the failure and what parts were replaced, but so far there has been nothing more on this subject.

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The noise was from the right side with engine at idle. To someone else's point I did have my helmet off so I may have just noticed it more. My plan is to ride on and enjoy! I think i am going back to the honda dino oil after reading about different concerns with synthetic and synthetic blends.
 

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After riding my 18 Tour DCT for a while, and it is hot, if I stop and listen to the engine, sometimes it sounds like a little diesel engine with all the rattling going on inside.
I guess that is the clutches and gears rattling.
It is not very quiet while idling that's for sure.
 

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It's THE BEAST. THE BEAST wants out. The next time you hear it, you will want to turn around and go back out on the highway and turn THE BEAST loose. It's THE BEAST's friendly reminder that it feels it's being treated too lightly.
 

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My 2018 Goldwing tour also exhibits a fairly loud ticking noise coming from the right side (The left side is as quiet a a church mouse) starting about 3-5 minutes after a cold start. The noise seems to diminish somewhat as the engine reaches full operating temperature. I've checked the valve clearances and they are all in spec.

What side is the ticking noise coming from on yours? Most of the threads that I've read about this indicate that the ticking noise is coming from the right side. In my opinion if the left side does not make any ticking noises then there is no reason for the right side to tick either assuming that all of the valves are in spec. If you do a search there is a video that someone recorded and posted of the ticking noise on theirs (Right Side). Mine is not quite as loud as the one in the video, but it is much louder than what I would consider normal.

Years ago I had a Corvette that I bought new that had a loud tapping noise coming from the rear of the engine on the left bank. The dealer replaced the pushrods, rocker arms and lifters, but the noise still persisted. While attending the National Corvette Homecoming, I had the opportunity to speak with a rep from the Flint Michigan engine plant and he was familiar with the problem. He said that they had a batch of defective cams that were ground to the wrong profile and that was causing the noise. Once they sent the new cam to my dealer and it was installed, the issue was resolved.

I'm wondering if this could be the problem here???? It seems strange that the majority of users who are complaining about tapping noises are reporting the noise from the right side.

There is also 1 case that I am aware of where a valve shim may have fallen out on the right side causing "Catastrophic Engine Failure" as reported by Cruiseman on a friends 2018 Goldwing. There is a video that described the issue and a sound clip of the noise. He was going to report what caused the failure and what parts were replaced, but so far there has been nothing more on this subject.

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JMO but I hardly consider that a “catastrophic” engine failure. The crankshaft didn’t break, nor did a conn rod break and go through the engine cases. A gear didn’t break and take out the transmission. All of these things I would consider a “catastrophic” engine failure.

Yes it is a failure.

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WHAT??? Cruiseman exaggerating something on the 2018+??? Say it ain't so!!!
 

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There is also 1 case that I am aware of where a valve shim may have fallen out on the right side causing "Catastrophic Engine Failure" as reported by Cruiseman on a friends 2018 Goldwing. There is a video that described the issue and a sound clip of the noise. He was going to report what caused the failure and what parts were replaced, but so far there has been nothing more on this subject.

Joe
If you search around the web you will find out the issue has been resolved. A “manufacturing defect” caused the problem and it was an isolated incident. Parts were expedited to the dealer and the bike has been fixed.

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This ticking is identical to what my bike sounds like on the right side. The left side is perfectly quiet. Whoever posted this video on Youtube also has the noise on the right side.


 
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