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Infrequent hesitation/clunk at idle?

Old 01-18-2006, 10:54 AM
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Infrequent hesitation/clunk at idle?

'98 with 18K on the clock. Not jetted, but it does have an aftermarket exhaust, engine is stock otherwise.

At idle, It'll hover around 1200-1300RPMs steady and then there's something akin to a quick miss which is heard/felt through the bike like a "clunk" and then it's back to idling normally.

Other than this, the bike runs fine up through the gears and never misses under load.

I still have to change the plugs; could this be the cause?

Obviously I'm paranoid that it's the tensioner but I don't have enough experience with twins to know if the bike is making funny noises or not. Sounds fine to me

Any help is appreciated, thanks.
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Old 01-18-2006, 12:32 PM
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If it only happens when cold, then there is your problem, but if it happens at all idling, I'd say you have a dirty idle jet. One tank of carb cleaner ought to solve that, at 18k miles I would do it as routine maintenance.

You would know if you had a spark problem, as it is not dependent on revs, and you would really lose power at riding speed.

I would rule out the tensioner, though, because from what I gather, that isn't really a factor at idle.
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Old 01-19-2006, 05:08 PM
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Re: Infrequent hesitation/clunk at idle?

Cheers, I'll try it with the new plugs this weekend.
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Old 01-19-2006, 05:43 PM
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If I could suggest: do only one of the solutions at a time, otherwise you'll never know what you're problem was. That's Rob Muzzy's advice not mine though
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Re: Infrequent hesitation/clunk at idle?

Check for dirty or sticky carb slides next.

Doesn't take much dirt to make it hic-up
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