Wasn't sure if I should post here or in the maintenance thread. And sorry this is long-winded. I tend to go heavy on the details. LOL. Anyway, I have a 2014 Vstrom 1k that I bought brand new in late 2015. I have just under 11k miles on it now. I followed proper break in procedure and so far the bike has been great. Yes, it's noisy and I was even convinced it had a rod knock for the first few hundred miles. Even took it back to the dealer so they could tell me it was normal for that engine haha
Anyway, yesterday I did an oil change and chain maintenance (clean, lube, tighten) but didn't get a chance to ride afterwards, so this morning was my first ride in a few days. In the past week or so I have noticed this new metallic-sounding rattle, like a bolt or something was loose. But it also kind of sounded like it was coming from the engine. It was hard to tell and hard to replicate when not riding. It only happened at mid to high RPM range, like 4500-5000 and up. So during the oil change I checked all the bolts I had easy access to, checked all the plastics in the dash, etc, just trying to find the rattle. Couldn't find anything obvious so I figured I would see how it sounded when I rode it.
Concern number 1
: during the oil change there were a couple of larger shards of metal stuck to the magnet in the drain plug. Noticeably larger than the fine metal "dust" that was stuck on the magnet during the 3 oil changes I did during the break-in period. This wasn't "dust" but was more like shards/splinters. That was disconcerting. I do flog the bike pretty hard with some regularity, accelerating hard and shifting at red line. Generally spirited riding. But I wouldn't expect that to cause splinters of metal to be in my oil. When I'm not riding like a wild man, I'm generally just doing commuting on it.
Concern number 2
: for whatever reason (probably a habit born from parking on hills, honestly), I always leave my bike in gear when I park. I've never had an issue with the clutch disengaging when I start it, but this morning I did. I pulled the clutch in and had so much resistance I could barely push the bike out of my garage. Then I went to start the bike and even with the clutch pulled all the way in, there was so much resistance the engine barely turned over and the bike lurched forward. Had to put it in neutral to start her up. First time that's ever happened in the time I've owned it. After the bike was on, the issue seemed to go away.
Concern number 3
: the little vibration I have noticed the past week hasn't gone away and seems like it may have gotten worse. I noticed that it was still there as soon as I started riding. And then, as I shifted from 1st into 2nd and let the clutch lever out and rolled on the throttle there was noticeable series of CLUNK-CLUNK-CLUNKs that I could feel in my right hand through the throttle. Like it was coming from the engine or maybe the clutch. Power was not applied evenly and it seemed like the bike was lurching in conjunction with each CLUNK. To me, it seemed like it started as the vibration and then changed halfway through into the clunking, but I guess it could be the vibration and the clunking are two different things.
When I get home from work I'm going to read through the the troubleshooting section of my Suzuki Service Manual and see if I find anything that seems to fit my symptoms but I thought in the meantime I would get some opinions on here as well. And I definitely would like to know if anyone else has found metal slivers in their oil after the break-in period.