2016 drz400s tapping noise

Bought the bike new August 31st 2016, did all the maintenance on it. Changed oil more often than needed. Bike as a little over 9k miles. Used mainly on road.

 

Yesterday I notice a tapping sound while giving a ride to my 7 years old around the neighborhood (I had no helmet on) the sound seems to be coming from the top of the engine.

Could it be the valve clearance already?

The DRZ is often described as loud, sounds like a sewing machine full of screws etc etc but never described as quite.

The no helmet likely made normal sounds... seem louder

Valves on this type motor don’t get louder as the wear and need adjustment... the valve clearance gets smaller.

Most likely. It just that I never noticed that sound before.

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