Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Orlando, Florida
Another ticking gen4 here. Before my first service, I started hearing the ticking sound in my engine, around 480 miles. So I called Kawi and the dealer, who said to bring it in. So I had the bike trailered there at around 500 miles, in an attempt not to further harm the motor if it was infact malfunctioning. They ran it multiple times before changing the oil and filter, and said they didn't hear anything ''uncommon for a Kawasaki'' and that ''Kawi's pistons tend to slap the cylinder walls harder than most''. So after I got it back, all sounded fine, I couldn't hear the noise anymore.
Now, around 850 miles I'm hearing it again, sometimes at idle and sometimes at higher rhythm when accelerating. It has me pretty concerned, but looks like it is infact kind of normal, judging by all of you having similiar experiences. Gotta say though, it is pretty annoying, cause the whole time I'm wondering if I'm harming the engine, vs having fun riding. It does pull like a beast though. Idk.. I think I'm going to take it in.