got the bike back from the dealership today. damnit, i forgot why i usually DONT go to dealerships. i got raped...!
tech couldnt find anything even after popping the valve cover off as well as checking the cam chain tensioner. since the bike was in the shop and there was no service record of any kind, they went ahead and adjusted the valves while they were in there. grand total of $221... they dropped the price to $150 "because" they couldnt find anything wrong and i just bought the bike from them.
they were right though, the sound simply isnt there anymore. completely gone. i took an extra long ride home and it hasnt come back. i'm still pretty paranoid and am not convinced that everything is a-ok... but yet idk what to do at this point except ride it and see if it does come back.
Did the dealer call you for approval of any charges?
You should not of expected them to do much for free, that is a given.
You bought the bike from them, that is not a coupon for free anything, unless you got it in writing, and generally, used motorcycles come with no warrant, 30 days max, how long have you had yours? I know you put about 3000 miles on it, right?
Consider this a lesson for future reference -
#1- NEVER buy a repo anything in the future if you plan on keeping it, just because. If the person could not make the payment there is a really good chance they did not maintain it or treat it very nicely.
#2 - Understand any warranty and get it in writing
#3 - Do not expect anything from a dealer for free UNLESS it is discussed up front and you ask for a copy of the service ticket with "no charge" written on it prior to dropping it off -
#4 - If you signed a service ticket when you dropped the bike off, you probably authorized them to do whatever they wanted and to charge you for it - unless you wrote something otherwise on the ticket. Read the fine print everyone - know what you are signing.
And while I seriously doubt they did a valve adjustment (probably checked them, and they were within spec), I am glad to hear the noise is gone, and $150.00 for a dealer to troubleshoot a motorcycle is not bad - if you can not do the work yourself, expect to pay someone to do it, and it's not cheap.
Good luck to you