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Versys is "growly" of late

I didn't notice this at first, for the past few tanks of gas, maybe 450 miles or so, the engine is giving off a rather grunty, "growly" sound. Gas mileage has gone down some, from 50 to 45 or so. The bike only has 1200 miles. Probably everything needs to be checked and torqued. ANyone have anything similar?
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It's not a vibration issue - it's always been there. After all, it's a parallel twin. And a bit of buzz, mostly on the pegs. Of course, it all sorts itself out quite nicely above 4-5000 rpm, nice and smooth. For a parallel twin.

No, I'm talking about a "growl", not new vibration, not more buzz (at least, no more so than before).

I'm thinking of another oil change and a full go-over, checking everything, and making sure everything is torqued to spec.

We'll see. I'll post more eventually.
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So are we talking about a change in the exhaust note, or funky noises from the top end, or none of the above?

You might check all the exhaust connections and make sure something hasn't rattled loose.

Also check to see if a large dog is following you.
While unlikely, it would definitely need to be addressed if in fact that was the case.
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Ah.. remember how perfect that new girlfriend was? Until about 6 months in and she started getting possessive and asking "what's wrong honey ?" every 5 minutes, constantly calling you. All of a sudden she went from being the absolute hottest female God ever put on the planet to a nagging wench that you couldn't get far enough away from yet kept coming back to; attracted by some unknown force beckoning you to her siren call while you constantly scratched your head wondering "What the f***?!?!"

Yep. New bikes rule. Not-so-new bikes start making funny noises we'd swear our perfect new toy would never make. Mileage drops. The reality of the short lifespan on the crappy stock rubber hits you. That buzz in the cowling gets louder. Were those mirrors really that crappy when I bought it ? Where did the buzz in these bars come from?!

Screw it. Take it to the shop and get it checked out while its free. You'll only kick your own ass if something was wrong and you waited until after the warranty expired.

...and then you'll come back and ride her twice as hard as before you sent her in for a sanity check because the whole time she's in the shop she'll be calling you every 5 minutes. "Honey, do you still love me ?"
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Muffler is wearing in. No biggie.

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+1 as Red Herring. Noticed the same with my exhaust sound. No problem.

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I noticed the same effect but this is after 500 miles with my cherry bomb (I now have 1300 miles). I chalked it up to the muffler being broken in also. Sounds like the bike's balls dropped.
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I took a few wrenches and sockets and hex sockets, and checked pretty much everything that was accessible. Any fastener that I can get a tool to was checked. Other than a few fairing/plastic bits, it all checked out fine.

I especially checked anything connected to a frame or engine, as well as the bolts by the headers. It all checks out.

Result: that growl has now morphed into a very distinct and annoying BUZZZZZZ between 3000rpm up to about 3800rpm or so. I mean: ANNOYING! It's from "somewhere" under the instrument panel. So I'm thinking the removal of a few plastic bits to access other fasteners.

In any event, it's a BUZZZZZZ, and it's not "safety" related (the bike runs fine toherwise), just some plasticky thingy.
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The answer to your problem is in post #2 of this thread...



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One other possibility: Have you checked the frame mounts? Most of the 2008 and older Versyses have a bit of a gap on the right upper frame mount. If that gets shimmed along with the left side, you might find the frame (and its connected bits) will possess a different resonant frequency. It is be worth checking out regardless, but it might also have an effect on the noise.
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PROBLEM RESOLVED!

I removed both fairing pieces, and the plastic "wrap" (the piece that fits around the instrument cluster). The "wrap" has 6 points of attachment, using those dinky little push-plug holders. I replaced all 6 plug holders with 12mm screws (with 8mm nuts with plastic washers). All vibration is now gone. Running like new.

BTW: I had to go to work with the job unfinished the other day, the fly screen was not installed. The bike is so much smoother, that when I was putting everything back, I elected NOT to re-install the fly screen, as well as removing the fly screen's brackets. The screen caused much turbulence behind, but now, without the screen, it feels like my Blackbird from a few years ago: smooth, quiet.
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Mine started doing it when it was about a year old. The Spanish heat distorted some of the plastics in the headlight cowl. So it now vibrates. 2 years in the bike is still as good as the day it was new as far as riding goes. Ive now done over 20000Ks some of which was on dirt roads, it loves it.
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