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Hi and thank you for your question.
I have a couple of questions for you.
First, how sure are you that it is in the area of the rocker arms? I have heard similar complaints to the noise but never in the area of the rockers.
Has anything been done to the bike recently that might affect this noise?
Does it matter if the bike is hot or the ambient temp is high?Let me know about those items and we can go from there.
Thank you for the additional information.
One more question for now. Does the bike have to be rolling/ being ridden to hear the noise?
Logically, if the clutch were just worked on and it developed a noise it never had before, the clutch would be the first place to investigate. I would suggest removing the clutch cover and inspecting the clutch assembly. It sounds like something is loose and rubbing under there, quite possibly the clutch basket itself. Also, since we are starting to narrow down the possibilities, exactly what pieces were replaced when the clutch was worked on?
OK, so no inner hub or outer basket. Any bearings, bushing or washers?
Who did the work on the clutch? Was this something you did yourself? Have you pulled the clutch back apart to inspect it for problems?
Thank you for the additional information. I think you did the right thing. If the noise was not there before they worked on it and it is there now, it has to be related to the work they did.
Let me know what they say caused it, please. If they say something that doesn't make sense, let me know and I will sort it out whether they are telling you the truth of trying to cover their tracks.
Any future questions at all, feel free to ask.