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Hi all,

For those in or around Richmond, Va (Chesterfield area, near 288 and Ironbridge) - is anyone available sometime to just listen to my bike and tell me what you think this noise is? It's hard to describe, and the local Honda House won't touch a bike as old as mine! No, seriously - I've been turned out. They'll sell me parts, but won't take her in for service. Actually, I'd do my own service, IF I knew what the heck that sound is!

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Try and describe it anyway. I'm up in Winchester, otherwise I'd come out and lend an ear.

Is it motor or tranny related?
 

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if you have a digital camera, most of them can record video+audio. record a small clip of ur bike and would help us even to locate where it comes from if u walk around the bike.
 

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Hi guys,

No audio on my camera...too old. :(

I tried describing the sound before, and a few replied but seemed to be talking about other sounds.

What I have is a loud, sort of"clacking" when I first take off. It happens much more when it's cold (that is, when the engine is cold, not the outside temp). The sound doesn't happen at speed, so even though it sounds like a piston hitting the head (well, what I *imagine* that would sound like), it seems that the disappearance of the sound at normal RPMs would rule that out.

I am almost 100% positive that it's not the primary chain - I have that sound from time to time as well, and that's more of a rattle or other relatively quiet sound.

As for where the sound is coming from, well, it's hard to say, since it happens primarily when I'm trying to launch from a stop. Seems to be on both sides.

A while back someone said it was that the carbs were out of synch...and lacking the tools (and knowledge) to do the job, I took it to the Honda shop in Knoxville, TN. That restored a BUNCH of power, and the noise lessened, but it still happens. So, before I do anything drastic (like tearing in to find a problem that may not be there), I'd like an experienced ear. Come to think of it, I don't even think I have an old style tape recorder anymore! Maybe my new high-tech cell phone has something...

Anyway, to be honest I was also hoping a local would be able to sort of point me in the right direction as far as synching, too. :)

Thanks for reading, guys!

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hay jack
hang in there--some is bound to see this cry for an ear in your area. what have you checked so far ?
 

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Can you ride it? I am in Norfolk and would be more than willing to help out. I have @ 2 weeks here before my next hunting excursion so time is an issue.
 

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Oh yeah, she's rideable...I just need to get the inspection updated. :)

I'll let you know, and thanks for the offer. You said "hunting excursion"...do you mean actual hunting? What's in season this time of year?

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Sounds like predetonation. My 82 had it real bad when I got it but since I ride like a house a fire it cleared up and runs fine now. My 81 I bought and just got running about 3-4 months ago has it but every one here a yaer or so back was saying that is natural for the 80-81 because it is geared to high for start outs.

I ran 92 oct gas in the 82 untill that rattle ceased.

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Thanks, Dwight. The problem though is that it isn't a rattle, it's a loud clack sound.

I'll try to get a .WAV or .MP3 of the sound this weekend.

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Yes. That is what my 81 sounds like. Like the crank and pistons will fall on the ground at any moment.

I guess lug sound would be more acurate than octane knock. My Dad had a 51 International that would lug down to counting the fireing and sounded just like that. But I don't think my Wing would pull the school bus dads pickup did with the brakes locked up.
 

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jsmith24 wrote:
Oh yeah, she's rideable...I just need to get the inspection updated. :)

I'll let you know, and thanks for the offer. You said "hunting excursion"...do you mean actual hunting? What's in season this time of year?

Jack
I just returned from 2 weeks in S.C. for Muzzleloader Deer Season, and on the 1st of NovemberMuzzleloader opens here in Va.
 
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