I've adjusted the valves twice now, and it occured to me that I heard somewhere that there is some sort of compression release on the 1800's that might stick and cause the valves to tick. is there any truth to this?
Wayne, 2002 1800R
There is a compression release that is driven off of the camshaft.
It usually only works when you start the bike. When you get to idle
rpms, the centrifugal force causes the compression release to disengage.
I started out from a redlight in the wrong gear once and caused the
compression release to come on when the engine was running.
It makes a God-Awful clatter which will never be confused with valve
It is not uncommon that you will get a ticking after adjusting your valves.
There is an art to it. I used to adjust the valves on my CB750K2 and
my GL1000, but the ticking would come back after a week or two.
If I took the bike to the local dealer, his mechanic could make the
bike quiet for the whole summer.
If you are sure that your valve adjustments are right, and are sure that
you got the lock nuts tight on the adjusters, then I would live with the
ticking noise. But other folks might have other opinions.