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Hello there,

I am new on this forum and from Holland so please excuse my English.

I own a Z1000 form 2003.

It had a ticking and ratel noise while riding. I re-adjusted the chain and now there is only the ticking noise.

When I ride 50 kmh it's only once every second. It's the worst when I pull away. Standing still in neutral and revving the bike, there is nothing.
Pulling the clutch while riding and it's still there.

Before I take everything apart I want to find out if I am taking apart there right thing.:D

Could anyone please tell me where to look?
Could it be the clutch / springs?

Is it dangerous to keep riding:confused: The next upcomming days I need the bike and I can't start repairing it.

Thanx in advance.
 

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Its very unlikely but it can probably be the motor too. When you start the bike is the ticking noise there or is it only when you're moving?
 

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When it's cold and I start the engine there is no noise. She sounds normal.

When the bikes gets warmer the ticking starts but only when I am moving. Standing still there is nothing.
It's at worst between 15 and 50 kph. Above the 50 kph there is more noise so maybe I just don't here it although I feel something is there.
The warmer the bike gets the worse the ticking is.
I can feel the fibration form the ticking in my left foot.

I could be the front sprocket, I have not checked it.

The ticking is slow. When I drive about 50 kph the ticking is every second or so.

I had a pretty hard crash in '05 and the bike was badly damaged. I rebuild it but did not change the chain or sprockets although there were rusty. I just cleaned them and put them back on the bike.
 

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When you check the sprockets, make sure you see if any teeth are rounded off or damaged. That'll make the chain skip. Also, with the sprocket cover off, just spin the rear wheel for awhile and see if it goes freely.
That is what I was gonna say. Spin the wheels in the air to see if it is related before you start tearing things apart.
 

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When you check the sprockets, make sure you see if any teeth are rounded off or damaged. That'll make the chain skip. Also, with the sprocket cover off, just spin the rear wheel for awhile and see if it goes freely.
He mentioned that if bike is cold he doesn't hear/feel anything and that it only comes on when the bike warms up. Could the sprocket be affected by the bikes temp or it could be just the motor running better when the bike warms up that possibly causes the chain to skip on the sprocket?
 

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He mentioned that if bike is cold he doesn't hear/feel anything and that it only comes on when the bike warms up. Could the sprocket be affected by the bikes temp or it could be just the motor running better when the bike warms up that possibly causes the chain to skip on the sprocket?
His phrasing was a bit unclear, so I just stuck with the "in motion" side of things. Temperature shouldn't have any impact on the chain/sprockets like he's experiencing, only wear and tear - both of which are very likely, especially if the parts were already rusty.
 

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Thanx guys for al your help.

It was the chain and the front sprocket that caused it all.
Yesterday I had to drive about 150 km and the ticking got worse and worse:eek:
It got so bad that I was worried to be thrown off the bike any second but she had mercy on me.

When I was home I left the bike to cool down. When she was cold I then started her again. The noise was already there when the engine was cold.

I took off the cap that's over the front sprocket, lifted up the rear wheel, put it in first gear and let the rear wheel spin.

The chain was skipping the front sprocket and thats where the noise came from. The front sprocket was worn out and very dirty with grease. Therefore I gues in the beginning the noise was only there when the engine was warm.

I put on new sprockets and a new chain and she runs like a charm :)

I inspected the old chain and it would have been better to change it much much earlier.

I was worried that it were the clutch springs or the whole clutch, that had to be replaced and I do not have the tools to do that.

Once again thanx for all your help !!
 
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