Yes. I removed the filling cup/nut and stuck my finger in. Was just under the filler hole. Brownish color and no particular smell. Felt thick. The noise is so present I checked this at once. I am a former Auto Tech for refference. This noise remind of those gear that have strait cut gears in them. Like race cars. Therefor I am confused weather this is normal as pr design or if I have a problem. If no respond shows here like:
"Oh yeah, pfffh ,soo typical GL. You have to live with that", or so, I will take it to a GL shop for a checkup. The store I bought it from is the one I already contacted and they said just that. -I just don't trust that right now. . .
i have my 1200 ( just got it back ) and a 1500 and neither has noise from the rear that you are describing. i think the dealer is pulling you chain. you don't say what year your bike is is it under warrenty? did you get it from a shop that doesn't sell hondas? i would change the fluid just the same though