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My '20 1050xt is much quieter than my '17 BMW R1200RS. Even brand new, the BMW was loud with lots of ticking/clanking noises at idle -- quite typical for a boxer motor. I think the vstrom is a quiet bike for a big Vtwin, and love the whine of those gear driven cams.
 

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Fair enough, but, theres a lot of guys that say ride on, even when there are actual issues. If I had done that, bike would be less enjoyable, less power, more noise and not fuel efficient. If you think there's a real problem, get it checked and sorted. ✌
 

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I replied in the general thread, but I'll reply here too. My bike has a similar ping, but it is only when it is cold and only at idle. It's had it for the last thousand miles or so and I was obsessing over it. After trying to hunt it down with a stethoscope with no luck, I'm accepting it was just the bike 'breaking in' and I'm not going to worry about it anymore. I think the earplugs fix is really the best solution with these bikes.

 
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