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When was the oil changed last?
 

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Details are a bit too sketchy to give much of an opinion on this IMO. REmember, 'most' engines require a few seconds to settle in after start-up before they smooth out. Now if it's a deep mechanical knock then that's a whole different issue.
 

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Details are a bit too sketchy to give much of an opinion on this IMO. REmember, 'most' engines require a few seconds to settle in after start-up before they smooth out. Now if it's a deep mechanical knock then that's a whole different issue.
Not a deep mechanical knock. It could be a simple start-up rumble of some kind. Only have about 3k on the oil change. Maybe it is the clutch just getting oiled up; I don't know.
 

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The old start up " Growl " ? It goes by many names , but I'm pretty sure we are talking the same language. I was told by veteran riders that it's an oil distribution process, not an issue.
 

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I had that sound last summer, problem got progressively worse as miles ran up, bike is in the shop for alternator drive gears. ( requires engine removal!! 71k miles)
That may be what the dealer tells you but you can easily remove the alternator in an 1800 without removing the engine. I have done it in my '08.
 
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