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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-28-2011, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Hi All,

I am a new member, new to motorcycling, and new to the Versys. Bought a 2011 in June and am loving the bike as well as the whole motorcycling thing.

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So welcome to the Verse
I started riding 2 years ago myself........The "V" is my first too; OH and what a way to start!!!
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It makes the commute something to look forward to. Being a beginner, I am trying to work out if the whistles and rattles etc are normal. My valves are starting to 'tick' so I'm going to ask the forum's opinion (after the necessary 48hrs).
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The high pitch whine while running is likely the fuel pump. Normal and you will get used to it. A high pitch howl while parked in the sun is likely the fuel cap. To find out, just press down on the cap while it is howling in the sun. If it stops, its the cap. The rattles and buzzing is normal to the Versys. Many threads on how to reduce them. My solution is two fold. I wear form fitted ear plugs and this saves my hearing from the constant wind noise and I no longer hear many of the Versys little quirks.

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I also started riding when I got my '08 Versys. It now represents one reason that I want to keep working at a job that is 100 miles away from home.
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Welcome and nice first bike! I have had several over the years and the Versys is best so far. It is a great bike for beginners and experienced alike.

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The high pitch whine while running is likely the fuel pump. Normal and you will get used to it. A high pitch howl while parked in the sun is likely the fuel cap. To find out, just press down on the cap while it is howling in the sun. If it stops, its the cap. The rattles and buzzing is normal to the Versys. Many threads on how to reduce them. My solution is two fold. I wear form fitted ear plugs and this saves my hearing from the constant wind noise and I no longer hear many of the Versys little quirks.

Thanks for your replies. The 'tick' is what I've always called 'a tappety noise' since I was told a while back (for a car) that it is the tappets, er, tapping. Reading the odd forum here searching for an answer, it seems to be a valve slap (?). People have then replied 'a slappy valve is a happy valve' since it confirms that the valve is closing. It is rev dependent (faster when revs increase), noisier at low revs, and seems to be noisier when the bike has warmed up. I've done 1500miles, it had its 600mile service the dealer. Next service is 7.5k, so it's quite a while away to wait. The opinions seem to be 'it's normal', so I'm sorta ok with it, but just want other people's opinion. Apart from that, the bike is great. Taking it carefully, it seems quite a good first bike. I wanted a cruiser, but sat on many and just didn't like the seating position. Sat on a Versys, not intending to even test ride one and went 'ooooh, this fits'. Read up about it, concluded it was an excellent bike and I was sold.
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Welcome aboard sir!!! Down in Kirkland.

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