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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-15-2014, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
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At least I think it's the fuel pump. I haven't looked too far into it yet but I was hoping someone recognized the symptoms so I had a direction to check when I get home, I searched the forums but haven't found something similar yet.

So this morning, I stuck the key in, flipped the light on, like I always do. Same old familiar HID whine, faint ticking of the key fob against the ignition cover. Flicked the red switch, and the fuel pump primed, like it always does. Kissed my lady, scratched the dog on the ears, and that damn key fob is still ticking against the ignition cover. TICK-TICK....TICK-TICK....

Only the key fob isn't moving at all. And it sounds like a slightly more metallic clunk, two of them together, about every ten seconds. I've never had anything but CA premium gas, and never run it dry, but I thought maybe the pump didn't prime all the way, so I flicked the power off, waited about ten seconds, and back on. Pump whirred to life, and then that infernal tick/clunk, two of them, every ten seconds. I haven't tried starting it yet, cause I've driven way too many muscle cars to know when stuff's knocking and making weird noises before you start up, you might not be going anywhere.

I've got just over 3k on the bike. It was a showroom/dealer test model, so technically used, no active warranty. I bought it with 1500 on the clock about 2 months ago, had the dealer go over everything with a fine tooth comb before I brought it home, and just completed the 3k maintenance last Saturday, before a 200 mile cruise, and my typical 50 mile commute yesterday. Oil level's fine, everything ran great when I rode home last night, it's been shifting like a dream, never a lag, or a burp, no throttle flutter. The only issue I've had is the occasional facepalm moment when I let out the clutch too fast. I'm confident my dealer will sort it out in no time, but i'm more of a hands on kind of guy. (and a broke one.)

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Take fob off key to eliminate one possibility.

Once fuel pump if fully primed it should make no noise. Put your ear on tank and turn on pump to see if you hear it.

Your IAV might be making noise.

Can you give us more details please. Now this tick tick is before you start motor right?

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That's correct. After the pump primes, before I hit the ignition. And it's definitely not the key fob, but that is the closest reference I can give for what it sounds like. Are there any other systems that would move or make a sound with power but before ignition? That's why my thought went to fuel pump; perhaps it's blocked and trying to suck more to prime, or it primed too much and is releasing back pressure?

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I do not use the kill switch. I am curious if it is not the starter relay coil engaging and disengaging. Reason I do not use the kill switch is over a period of time the switch wears out and will leave you stranded. The contacts arc and could possible make and break the connection causes weird electrical problems.
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I do not use the kill switch. Reason I do not use the kill switch is over a period of time the switch wears out and will leave you stranded. The contacts arc and could possible make and break the connection causes weird electrical problems.
If I am reading this right the kill switch can fail but the ignition switch cannot. Why do you think that?

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I got home the other day, hopped on the bike, and it didn't make any unusual sounds after it primed. Fired right up. Killed it, and key off. Key on, and primed it again, but didn't start it. No unusual sounds. Did that a couple more times, without starting it, and after three times it started the clunking again. Pressure release? Check valve maybe? Fired right up, ran just fine, killed it and re-primed it again, and no strange sounds. Rides fine, no hesitation, no popping or bogging down. I imagine there is something in the pump to release excess pressure, I just can't imagine why it would overpress itself on the first ride of the day, especially when it's cool out.

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