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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-05-2009, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys,

I have a 2008 Red Versys which replaced my 2008 KLR.

While riding last night I noticed a pinging sound, while sitting at a red light.

This got me thinking as the bike was running very hot, as I could feel the heat on my right foot while riding. Coolant level is OK.

Is the bike running too lean? Pinging and heat indicates to me it is leaned out too much, am I correct?

Next question, is this something that needs to be adjusted by the dealer, or, can I do it myself?

I have never played with fuel injection as I am scared I might screw something up, carbs are simpler.

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What you're hearing is some light valve ticking which is a bit louder when engine is hotter, and perhaps the injectors ticking. Did the radiator fan start? It's not too lean, especially at idle. The heat is radiating from the muffler and incorporated catalytic converter. Valve lash clearance adjustment is recommended only at every 24000 Kms.
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Thanks for the reply Invader.

The fan did run a couple of times. I should have mentioned that it was wicked hot for Vancouver area, low 90's.

I think I am worrying over nothing, but I always will check with the forum before the dealer!

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Oh yeah, I saw that you were in a record shattering heat wave that is blamed on global warming, and warning of much worse to come in later years... We're still waiting for summer to break out here in northern Ontario.
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We will turn on the big fans and see if we can move the heat in your direction.

Does the pinging get more pronounced due to the ambient heat? I read somewhere the heat and bad air can be the equivalent of riding at a higher altitude?

Does anyone know what would be considered a normal engine temp, I was thinking about borrowing the laser thermometer from work and checking it when I have been for a ride. Just curious.

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It's not pinging. It can't ping while idling, and it's highly unlikely that it ever does ping from pre-ignition upon accelerating at low to mid rpm's, even on 87 pump octane gas which is the minimum recommended. The ticking is just the valves, although I haven't heard it. How old and what level is the engine oil at?
Engine temperature info: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ht=temperature
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Thanks again Invader.

The oil level is good and the oil is about 1200kms old.

Maybe I am just being paranoid, but thanks for the engine temp info.

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Mine does it too. Its valve ticking. Both my Kawasaki bikes do it. I learned from some older Kaw coots on the Drifter forums that its a characteristic of a Kaw motor. I put 24,000 miles on the Drifter and have never had any problems, although its probably due for a tune-up.
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