I have had my new CR about a month and noticed a tapping sound from the front of engine which was quite loud and disturbing. The tapping only came on when the bike was in motion and could be heard at moderate speeds until it was drowned out by the wind/pipes noise at high speeds.
I am particularly sensitive about engine noises as the main reason I got rid of my Triumph Thunderbird was that it had a consistent rattle or tapping from the cam chain which was not resolved despite two cam chain tensioner replacements and a complete cam rebuild.
I was talking to the dealer about some confusion about the Victory 3 year warranty offered on new bikes (total confusion with the dealer and Victory contradicting each other on several issues) and mentioned it to the Sales Manager. I got the standard response "All bikes including Victories make strange noises - don't worry about it.
Anyway the tapping was really bugging me so I decided I wasn't satisfied with the dealers response and planned to ride in on Friday and have them road test the bike.
This afternoon I took the bike out to try to narrow down the potential areas that the noise was coming from. I was riding along with my head down near the tank listening and feeling around with my left hand when I discovered ............the mysterious tapping sound was caused by my leather key fob slapping against the %&*@$$%! cheese wedge! I removed the key fob and low and behold the tapping disappeared.
I am very glad I didn't ride 90 miles to the dealer and make an idiot of myself by complaining about my unacceptably noisy new CR.
Now I have to solve the issue of a naked key. It somehow looks easier to loose without a fob