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Mysterious noise driving me crazy! Help

2012 RG with a 103 engine 14k miles. After about 20 minutes or so riding the bike after it gets warmed up I will hear a singular metallic "ting" (best way to describe it) when I give a quick twist of the throttle. It sounds like it coming from the left side and It will only do it at the exact moment I give a decent twist of the throttle. When I do a normal steady throttle twist no noise, only when I get on it a bit. It will do it in neutral, riding, or sitting at a light with the clutch in. It sounds like thin metal so I thought maybe something is loose like a heat shield or something but everything seems to be tight. Doesn't do it when the bike is cold, only after it heats up. Other than that the bike runs great no other issues at all but this sound is driving me crazy and I want to know what it is. Hopefully its not in the engine somewhere but like I said it sounds like thin metal to me so I don't really think its coming from inside the engine but I could be wrong. Ill try to get a video of the sound if I can but wondering if anyone has experienced anything similar?

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Check your exhaust shields for a loose clamp!

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Check your exhaust shields for a loose clamp!

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I checked them all and all were tight. I think what Im getting is pre-detonation, I think. I checked my plugs and they are white with some blistering around the insulator tip. Been hearing some popping coming from the tail pipe on de-acceleration so seems like im running a bit lean. Going to have to make a trip to get a tune pretty soon. Going to wait until I get the new headers and air breather installed before I do, no reason to do it twice! New project coming soon!
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I checked them all and all were tight. I think what Im getting is pre-detonation, I think. I checked my plugs and they are white with some blistering around the insulator tip. Been hearing some popping coming from the tail pipe on de-acceleration so seems like im running a bit lean. Going to have to make a trip to get a tune pretty soon. Going to wait until I get the new headers and air breather installed before I do, no reason to do it twice! New project coming soon!
Yup, I should have read your OP a little better. Heat shields checked. After checking everything external and its all tight, internal is definitely next and that's where you lose me. Have a buddy with a stethescope and he is deadly accurate at predicting what is going on inside an engine, me I can't tell if there's a monkey on a wheel playing the cymbals in there or an elephant with a tuba.

One more thing external. There should be a little rubber bump stop on your kickstand for when it contacts the frame after it has been folded up. Lost that once on a trip and it drove me crazy trying to find the vibration.

Good luck in finding the problem and correcting it in the least costing way.


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