Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Aichi prefecture, Central Japan.
Glad to read that you folks think this engine sound is normal. I am a bit paranoid about my new (400 kilometres last week, 800 now) 2012 Strom 650. Having ridden a Kawasaki W until last week, which I thought to be a "mechanical sounding" bike... (but very sweet and smooth - the W sounds like a sewing machine)... I got on my new Strom and thought "Oh shit, the engine knocks like hell", but video 1 (audio only for me?) sounds like mine.
Glad to you guys think that's OK.
As one poster said, some people are paranoid about engine noise, and I am sadly one of those people for sure.
Loving the Strom though, it's wonderful after a 1/2 hour warm-up ride.