Originally Posted by 04FXSTDI
Bike is an '03.
I do not think he's seen a performance change. I think it's just an annoyance thing and fear of bigger problems later.
To be honest, I have had the same valve train sound from my old 70's CB750's, 02 Road Star, and 99 Electra Glide. Tell them to think of the bike as an orchestra with all of the noises, learn each and every one of them, then if one goes out of "normal" and there is drop in performance then fear.
But until then (may never happen) enjoy how noisey we can be. Case in point, I ride with a fellow who has an 05 Electra and his got noisey after about 500 miles. He is a gear head so he took to the dealer for a warranty complaint. They checked it and there was nothing out of spec. He has learned to live with it.
Mine changes with the weather but is always there a little. I have 55k miles.