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07-26-2019 12:37 PM
outdoorgb I have found the cure to my engine noise is to twist the right side grip a little more...
07-08-2019 05:04 PM
branthopolis Each iteration of this motor TLs/TLr/SV1000, and now through 3? generations of the DL1000 has been noisy. The valvechain is chattery at best and the clutch basket likes to make a decent racket.. BUT.. They are known to be reliable engines that will survive hard, in the the DL, the engine is in a significantly reduced state of tune than in the TL's and SV so that should further increase its survivability. Keep in mind.. its a well-hammered out 22 year old design that was probably a bit before its time and will probably be used for years to come...
07-08-2019 08:32 AM
BTF/PTM Lifter, puck, bucket, it sounds like we all agree that we're all on the same page

Great point on listening for a CHANGE in the noises.

I'm not complaining about any of the noises, that's something a BMW rider would do If they're normal noises then great, the machine is just chatty. Besides, I've found that letting her blast up thru the gears and wind up to about 7grand in 6th gear on the Autobahn is a great way to hear all the right noises
07-07-2019 06:53 AM
Maciej Karlowicz I suport Motorpsychology. I had a ticking noise in my 2014 dl1000 and it turned out to be a loose ignition wire on the front cylider side spark plug.
07-06-2019 09:44 PM
Cost Efficient Anti Noise Measures.

I had my dealer change my oil per the 600 mile inspection requirement on my 650. I thought I noticed a slight bit more clatter or drumming with the clutch pulled in than when I picked it up, but it ran fine, so I rode on to 4000mi and did an oil & filter & brake fluid change myself (it was delivered to me with tea-colored DOT4 in both reservoirs- left over 2017 new in'18). I used an OEM oil filter and Suzuki Ecstar full synthetic 10w40 and NAPA DOT4. Right away the clutch noise went away and it seemed overall quieter, but in the way my car seems quieter after I wash it. Brakes have a more solid feel, but stopping power is about the same.
But the biggest performance improvement and may be good fo another hundredth decibel less noise was switching to no-alcohlol 91oct premium. Noticibly more power throughout the rev range and maybe a half mi more mpg, unscientific using the in-dash Econo-meter or whatever its called.
Probably not, but the ticking sound might be one of the plug wires arcing to the head. I had an '80 Ford LTD that developed an arc from one of the the plug wires to the exhaust manifold. Replaced all the wires, plugs, distributor cap & rotor and it went away. Ancient technology but same sound. Might be worth checking out.
07-06-2019 08:10 PM
Wyked Moose When I first got my 2018 Vee, my Buddy noticed it I didn't have the idle rattle he had. But, after my first oil change, I had it loud and clear. The oil was good stuff, 20w-50. Rattle gets quieter when the clutch is in. Been searching threads for months and have heard all the theories, detailed research and after markets parts to minimize or fix it. But, nothing about Oil or When it actually started. My change was smooth and quiet, to Rattle and clank.
07-06-2019 06:59 PM
fig Wait until the hammer knock kicks in and the clutch basket starts rattling. I wear ear plugs so I donít her much of it. First time I rode without ear plugs I thought the engine was about to detonate.
07-06-2019 10:54 AM
Originally Posted by BTF/PTM View Post
DOHC engines have lifters, too, hollow pucks that sit between the cam and valve stem, in the case of mechanical lifters there's a precision shim under said puck that one adjusts to set valve lash. True, it doesn't lift in a literal sense, rather is pushes, and maybe it isn't even called a lifter, but anyway that's the device I was referring to.

It's good to know that others have ticky engines, too, if that's simply what these engines do then ok.

I'll bring it by the shop anyway, also as mentioned it's cheap insurance since the machine is new, and if all is well then a thumpier exhaust will help.

Thanks, guys!

That's not a lifter, it's called a bucket. That's why I didn't get your meaning, because some older pushrod type motorcycles (like older Harleys) do have lifters, and it sounded like you were confusing the type of engine you were dealing with. I chimed in because it sounded like you might have been chasing a noise from a source that wasn't present on your bike, and that would have been a waste of your time.

Sorry, Realshelby, I didn't see your post above mine where you covered that already.
07-06-2019 10:35 AM
DonOhio45813 I'm using a cheapy helmet intercom with bluetooth to play music or FM radio from my phone. The helmet speakers are plenty loud, so if my Wee ever blows up, I won't know it until the oil light comes on. You're lucky, you have the advantage of a warranty!
07-05-2019 11:51 PM
PeteW From your description that's not a normal DL 1000 sound.

Could be fuel. Try using premium for a couple of tanks.

The other thing that can cause that is a an exhaust leak (Air mixes with the mostly but not completely burnt fuel in the exhaust and it ignites). You'll usually see an oily stain near the leak point if it is that, that would be a really rare problem on a new bike.
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