Author Topic: 03 1600 -Loud Ping sound on Cold Start  (Read 149 times)


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03 1600 -Loud Ping sound on Cold Start
« on: Mar 25, 2021, 08:41:53 pm »
Hi, I'm new here, so I hope this problem isn't already posted.  It's very strange.
I'm riding a Roadstar 1600 from 2003, it has 12k miles now.
When I do a cold start, first start in the morning, it starts normally and then about 4 seconds later it makes a loud ping (like a hammer striking an anvil), just one ping and then it goes on running normally.  This doesn't effect the running process of the motor, it doesn't miss a beat, just goes right on running normally.  The ping sound just worries me, it doesn't seem to effect the motor, but I"m concerned that it might be a pre-condition to a future failure of some sort.  Any ideas would be appreciated.  Thank you!  larry.k


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    Re: 03 1600 -Loud Ping sound on Cold Start
    « Reply #1 on: Mar 26, 2021, 07:25:04 am »
    So this is a Raider forum but....that sounds like your starter clutch might be on the way out.  Keep riding the bike until it fails