Originally Posted by Singletrack_mind
Yeah, I know the noise. I commented on it right away to my dealer, the mechanic there said it was top-end valve train noise from insufficient oil in the head on start-up which would go away when warm. It does go away, but I'm not entirely thrilled about it.
However, with 800 miles on, it seems to be diminishing.
I doubt that is the case. After an oil and filter change their is a lot of noise from the top until the oil filter is filled and lubricant circulates. Because the oil filter attaches vertically there is no way to fill the filter before installing it on the bike like you can on a 12GS. The sound goes away in a matter of a second or two.
I do not have the sound described in this thread or I am not noticing it - could be either. I will pay close attention next time a take the bike out. I have about 3000 miles on it.