Same question I asked last year. I was told it's normal and the noise is still there so I don't worry about it now. It goes away with speed, wind noise and good helmet. :thumbup:
The skid plates definitely do reflect (and subsequently amplify) engine sounds. That being said, I haven't heard the ticking. However, I also get the plugs in, and helmet on as soon as I start it up. I'll check it out tomorrow if the sound is there once I get the 2nd temp bar....
Funny thing is, of all the bikes I've owned, I like the smooth sound of this engine the most... (a previous Inline-4 sounded pretty good as well, however, didn't have the deeper, satisfying rumble of the Glee).
Im not sure what is normal on these things but mine seems quiet and smooth, compared to my Harleys I guess I would expect that. If its below 30 deg when I start it the motor will tick for a second or two but it goes away. I suspect as the motor runs in over the years it will develop some noises as most others do. Heck, at 5500 RPM's my TC88 sounded like a M60.
Mine is a new 2013 with just 216 kms on it.
I hear a ticking sound when I pull the throttle but when I decelerate the sound desappears but, maybe it´s normal. Every engine has their own particular sounds/noises, I think it´s a matter of time getting used to each engine. I owned a Versys and then a Tiger 800XC, each one has their own sounds but I have to say I love this engine... it´s smooth with a natural deep sound... I think it´s the first bike that I'm doubting put my Leo Vince Exhaust.
The other day, a friend of mine show me his brand new KTM 1190 Adventurer and it sounds horrible, really... I said; You have to install your Akrapovic right now!
I will break in the engine first, do some long rides and decide later if install the exhaust I have...
By the way... what BKP says is true, the Skid Plate reflects many engine noises, it´s logic and normal. In my case, I put a Hepco&Becker but I have to add two washers in the front bolts because the plate touched the exhaust tube clamp.
It is similar to a post above no ticking sound at start when cold, once the second bar on temp gauge shows it starts the ticking. As soon as the revs rise 150-200 above idle there is no ticking noise. The bike started making the noise with around 100 miles on it. It now has 800 and the noise seems to be getting worse. The dealer originaly said it was valve noise so I took it in to get the valves adjusted at 600 miles they told me it was a tolerance issue from the factory not related to the valves and there is nothing they could do about it. They would have to talk to the Suzuki rep on how to handle the issue. A week later they call telling me it's the timing chain tensioner and want to look at it again after keeping it for a week they call telling me the bike is ready but the noise is still there and they can't do anything about it. They get the Suzuki rep involved and he says the ticking is normal. I wanted know if others out there are having this same issue.
I can take the skip plate off and it has no impact on the ticking. The ticking sounds like it coming from the top of the rear cylinder.
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