Just kidding on the title. I am a first time BMW boxer owner. I have owned many motorcycles over the years and just recently switched from a Ninja ZX-6R to a BMW R1200 RS. I have a 2018 bike with about 1000 miles on the clock at this point. I am wondering what is normal sounding for this bike. Now I am likely just a nervous new parent and not used to what this bike should sound like but I will be darned if this thing is noisy! Coming from a long line of Japanese motors maybe I have been spoiled by mechanically quiet engines..maybe. However maybe BMW dumped some steel marbles into mine First of all it taps non stop on both cylinders. Sounds like a rocker arm needs to be adjusted. Now this bike is overhead cam and uses shims for valve clearance so I am sure it's not actually a rocker. Just goes tap-tap-tap-tap at half the RPM speed. Must be valve chain, cam, etc related. Darn thing sounds like it wants to shoot a valve out the cover in protest sometimes. At least the sound is equal on both cylinders. Really sounds strange however and really noticeable at idle / at a red light etc. Secondly it rattles like crazy at 'low' RPM and under load. Between about 2,500 and 4,000 RPM it make a tinny rattle sound if the bike is accelerating. Sounds like preignition to me. Now I know with these fancy EFI bikes with sensors all over the place preignition just isn't possible. So what is it? Some kind of exhaust harmonic? Anyone else have these noises? Is this normal or should I be taking it back to the dealer for an inspection? I mentioned it at the $400 dollar oil change (sorry I mean 600 mile service) and they said everything sounds great with the bike. Thanks all!