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My bike has developed a rapping sound from down below. It's been difficult to pin point the location. It increases with rpm and virtually dissappears at idle. It almost sounds like a spun bearing from days gone by. Performance is unchanged, mpg is unchanged, starts right up but sounds like a bag of chains riding down the street. Oil is good (changed 1000 miles ago). I do get a bit of a hic cup occasionally when at idle. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Timing chain or bearings......probably not too difficult to check both, quite convenient on the Beemer....considering the consequences of 'doing nothing' and having it blow up big time, you would do well to pull the pan and valve cover to have a look....

I'm NOT the final opinion here, as I don't even own one of these...but I am rather adept with recip piston engines.....wait for others to chime in here.....my crystal ball tells me you'll soon have both sides of the engine opened up for inspection.
 

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I'll check the exhaust in the morning. I lost an exhaust bolt last year and replaced it - perhaps it wiggled out. I'll report back.
 

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My vote is on the exhaust.
 

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Thanks all. Yup it is the exhaust. Two nuts came off the flanges and hense the bag of bolts sound. Easy fix and I'll be back on in minutes. What a wealth of knowledge exists here.
 

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Oh, that's a great relief!

A long time ago, I was helping a buddy with his Toyota that definitely had a 'rod knock'....we stripped the engine and found nothing wrong. But he had it bored .5 mm over and we put it back together. STILL had the rod knock! What in the world??

It ended up being a worn alternator mount! These noises can be very deceiving! It was undeniably a rod knock! That was embarrassing for all involved.... :confused:
 

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Yup - felt great but - one of the studs was sheered off and of course it was in the back. Before I knew the stud was broken, I went to the parts store to get a couple M8 -1.25 lock nuts. The counter guy asked if I wanted a stud. For the extra $1.50 I sprung. Glad I did as it saved another hour round trip for a $1.50 item. Got back just before the rains came and sounds smooth and quiet again - even without ear plugs.
Thanks again all.
 
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