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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-07-2019, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Question Strange noise based on road speed

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I was out riding last night and started hearing a noise that is concerning me a little bit. (Iíve got a 2005 1800F.) Iím not sure the best way to describe itÖ It sort of sounds like marbles rubbing together or the sound you get if youíve ever used those stressballs that you rotate around in your hands. I can hear it a little at speed but when I slow down itís the most noticeable. I wouldnít say itís loud but itís something I didnít hear a few weeks ago. The bike is fairly new to me so Iím still getting used to all the new sounds.


At first, I thought it was the brakes but when I was testing it yesterday, Iíd pull in the clutch and let off throttle and as I slowed the pitch/frequency of the sound would change with road speed. I tried to tell where it was coming from on the bike but wasnít sure. My guess is that it was either the front/middle. The sound is quiet enough that I canít really hear it over the exhaust so I only noticed when slowing down.


Iím looking for suggestions on how to troubleshoot this / determine if its something I need to worry about.


Iím supposed to leave on vacation next weekend so I donít have time to get it into the dealership before going and weíre planning on taking the bike with us. Weíll be limited to shorter rides (weíre trailering it up.)



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Not a lot to go on there fella. could be anything from something just loose on the bike (externally) and having a bit of a rattle to terminal big ends. Will need more to go on.
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Not a lot to go on there fella. could be anything from something just loose on the bike (externally) and having a bit of a rattle to terminal big ends. Will need more to go on.
I know The type of sound is something I've never really heard before. It's not a rattle, it's higher pitch and faster more like a buzzing. I wish I had a better way to describe it.

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At first, I thought it was the brakes but when I was testing it yesterday, Iíd pull in the clutch and let off throttle and as I slowed the pitch/frequency of the sound would change with road speed. I tried to tell where it was coming from on the bike but wasnít sure. My guess is that it was either the front/middle. The sound is quiet enough that I canít really hear it over the exhaust so I only noticed when slowing down.
On a safe and straight road...You could try getting up to speed, pulling in the clutch, then killing the engine with the kill switch. Without the engine noise you may be able to locate the area.

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On a safe and straight road...You could try getting up to speed, pulling in the clutch, then killing the engine with the kill switch. Without the engine noise you may be able to locate the area.
Thanks! I'll admit that idea scares the poo out of me! At first I thought it was the front caliper but I'm not sure now...

Suggestions on the speed I should be going?

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Is your front tire cupped on the edges? Proper 40 PSI air in you tires?

When you do the pull in the clutch at speed test weave from side to side
and see if you notice it more.

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Is your front tire cupped on the edges? Proper 40 PSI air in you tires?

When you do the pull in the clutch at speed test weave from side to side
and see if you notice it more.

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They were good last time I checked but I didn't check last night. I'll check here soon.

The clutch part was mainly because with it in the bike is the quietest when slowing down. It sounds like it's more mechanical and something on the bike than road noise. The roads I took home last night are all very different but the sound was pretty consistent. If I had my full face helmet on I doubt I would have heard it.

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Making noise dependent on road speed, if it's not breaks for me next would be to check wheel bearings. If you can lift front of the bike and turn front tire you may be able to tell, or pull the axle and check them.

Others might have some other suggestions.
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Suggestions on the speed I should be going?
Get up to a speed fast enough to hear the noise as you coast for several yards, while you try to pin point the location of the sound. Don't let go of the clutch. Try is with NO helmet on and lean side to side. Again, Safety on a clear straight road.

When your done "coasting," hit the start button, shift into the correct gear for the speed and ride away.

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Press down on the chrome dash on the tank. That makes noise on some of these bikes
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