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So I’m new to this bike and it is my only real form of transportation until I leave for the army the end of this month. I had to take it to work in the rain and I noticed when I was pulling in the shop it was making a put put put noise and backfiring. I thought maybe water in the intake but it was dry so we went to ignition coils getting moisture. I took all out but cylinder 3. Cylinder 1 did have some moisture on the outside of the coil casing. Sprayed them with some moisture wd40.

Limping it home that night I felt a loss of power but tonight after putting it back together just up and down the road I felt it was back but the put put put was still there.

Does this sound more like an exhaust leak issue? It did go down about two weeks ago but at a very low speed wondering now if something cracked in the exhaust causing the heavy amount of backfire.
 

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Didn’t have time to pull the plugs or the swivels to get the inside ones out anyway. I’ll have to check the pipes tomorrow. After driving it again tonight quickly I was able to get on her good and she didn’t hold back so I don’t think it’s a misfire or a skipping issue anymore from moisture. I’d like to smoke it and see if she’s leaking. The putting sound is coming from the front of the motor right where the exhaust bolts on. Definitely not a valve tick sound or anything like that
 

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The stock bike comes with a rubber mat that covers the plugs and coils. It isn't much protection, but should be there. I would look at the throttle body boots. That has the signs of an intake leak. It could also be a bad coil.
 

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Ended up being cylinder 3 exhaust manifold flange bolts unthreaded themselves and the put out noise was in fact and exhaust leak. Got new bolts and it purred like a kitten. My issue now is I think the gasket is shot and is leaking coolant into the cylinder or the manifold. Having a hard time getting it to stay running after being off for a while but once it clears up bike runs with no issues.
 
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