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Well I'm a pretty resourceful person and don't let a whole lot of noises get to me. This MIGHT be a point of concern though. I did a search on this and all I found where "clunk" problems related to shifting, not my situation. Let's see what you all think:

Upon a cold start I hear what I can best describe as 1 or 2 minor clunks sporadically for about 10 seconds, then it's all normal. First I have to say I use the term "cold" as a generalization for starting after the bike has been sitting for 6 hours or more, cus it ain't cold here. Use to only happen once in a while, lately it's been a bit more. Today though when I started it to go get some lunch, there was one pretty loud clunk almost immediately when it started. So after this one, I am really starting to wonder what the hell this could be. Everything runs fine, shifts fine, etc. I cannot tell if it's from the bottom end, top end, either cylinder. It happens so fast and is gone so fast it's hard to tell. I have also heard what seems to be the same sound every once in a while when shutting the bike down. This might be one of those "normal" things, but since this is my first v-twin, I'm still learning what is normal. I have roughly 8k miles on it. I have checked the battery terminals thinking that a loose connection could lead to a weak start, but they're nice and snug.
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No thoughts other than that doesn't sound good. I'll make you deal though: I can check to see if my service manual says anything about if you tell me where you got your T bag.
Kidding about the deal. I'll look in the manual anyway, but I would like to know where you got the bag. Given up on saddlebags but I can't find anything resembling the one in the pic that Fishslapper posted.

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LOL...np man. It's an American Rider brand. Found it on Amazon for 40bucks shipped. Thanks for anything you find!

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Pull both spark plugs and try starting. Yes it will not start but listen to see what starter is doing.
When you get the clunk is the bike in neutral or are you holding the clutch in cause its all ready in first gear.

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Pull both spark plugs and try starting. Yes it will not start but listen to see what starter is doing.
When you get the clunk is the bike in neutral or are you holding the clutch in cause its all ready in first gear.
Thank you very much Johnny. I'll try that. FWIW it's not when it's starting or turning over, this noise happens just when the motor starts to run, then it goes away. But I'll give it a shot just to see what happens.

I do believe I have found the issue. One you were asking about Johnny. When the noise occurs, the bike is in neutral with the clutch lever out (clutch engaged). I remember reading on somewhere Kevinx had let someone know the manual stated to hold the clutch in for 15 sec before starting to drain the oil from the clutch. Well my manual doesn't say that, but I tried it and held it while starting. No noise. Sounds like I have a sticky clutch or I already need an oil change. I'll try it again this afternoon and verify this.

I'll try the plugs tomorrow morning.

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