Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Side of a mountain in New Hampshire
Why do I think from your original post that I should know what bike you are talking about?
More importantly how old is the bike? How long have you had it? Has it done this since day one?
See what I mean Vern?
I try to shy away from online diagnostics of unknown bikes of unknown vintage but as a general rule, if tapping is referring to top end tapping that often comes from oil settling out, if it lasts more than a couple seconds is telling me that it's time for a stethoscope. Before I tear into it I'm looking at the oil pump pressure and having satisfied myself that oil is not the issue, I am going to pipoint where and then I am going to do some exploratory surgery with expectations of the outcome.
Either way I am done riding it until I have resolved the tapping. No machine that makes noise a minute or even thirty seconds into cold start should be ridden. It is telling you there is a problem. I am not saying that you are killing it. I am saying that if it is progressively worsening, continuing to run it is not likely to improve that condition.
Cross Country Tour.
We can't help it
We just keep moving
It's been that way since long ago
Since the stone age chasing the great herds
We mostly go where we have to go
That was written by James McMurtry