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LOW SPEED GROWL

Postby smack67 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:27 am



I may be imagining this, but it seems like I have a growling feeling at low speed which is more pronounced when I turn right or left. I would not call it a vibration... it feels more like a rear wheel bearing in a front wheel drive car. I have checked the wheel bearings by trying to move the tires back and forth but they are good and tight. I changed the oil in the rear end also. Acceleration and deceleration seem to make no difference. Any help would be appreciated. 1998 gl1500 63000 miles,



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Re: LOW SPEED GROWL

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:26 pm

You may have to remove the wheel and check the bearings one at a time.They can feel tight on the bike and still be rusted up.
If one is bad,might as well replace all of them,front and rear.

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Re: LOW SPEED GROWL

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:09 pm

I checked the wheel bearings in my 1500 and they seemed fine to me, yet I still had a vagueness and wobbliness in the front end at low speed around corners. I finally pulled it apart again and found one of my front wheel bearings had some play in it. Missed it the first time, it can be tricky to detect.

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Re: LOW SPEED GROWL

Postby dingdong » Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:10 am

Is your rear tire cupping? That will cause a low speed turn growl.
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Re: LOW SPEED GROWL

Postby smack67 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:24 am

I already ordered a set of bearings for Saturday replacement. No cupping on the rear tire, however I had slight cupping on the steer when I bought the bike last year although that seems to have cured itself (is that possible) when I filled the tire to the proper pressure. I am actually looking forward to getting intimate with the steering axle. I have been a heavy equipment/truck mechanic for 30 years and I always bond with a machine when I get deep into it. I really enjoyed stripping the machine down over the winter and cleaning/reassembling it. I may be sick...

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Re: LOW SPEED GROWL

Postby Dusty Boots » Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:28 am

I vote that it is most likely tires, as well. Especially if E3s!
Keep that front pressurized to at least 40 PSI, despite what the owners manual says. You'll be rewarded with a cooler running tire, crisper handling and no/less cupping with longer tire life.
Not much you can do about the rear cupping, other than ride lots of twisty roads aggressively. The combination of it's width and straight roads will 'square' the tire off, resulting in cupping. I keep my rear MC tire at 42+PSI.


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Re: LOW SPEED GROWL

Postby dingdong » Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:28 am

I also am betting on tires as the culprit. It doesn't take much cupping to cause this. Yes, some of the cupping can be cured by riding the twisties hard. Good advice from Dusty on tire pressure.
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Re: LOW SPEED GROWL

Postby fuzzydog » Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:03 am

Are the wheel bearings the same on the back wheel as the front wheel I only found one part number for the kit. I too have a growl in The turns . I want to get new before I pull it apart.

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Re: LOW SPEED GROWL

Postby Dusty Boots » Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:20 am

fuzzydog wrote:Are the wheel bearings the same on the back wheel as the front wheel I only found one part number for the kit. I too have a growl in The turns . I want to get new before I pull it apart.


Before you start tearing things apart .... what tires are you running on your bike????

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Re: LOW SPEED GROWL

Postby smack67 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:35 am

Dusty, I took your advice and increased the pressure on my E-3s most of the growl went away. I noticed a little bit better handling. I tried to find some twisties but momma don't like to turn and sure doesn't like to be left at home. I am looking forward to warmer weather so I can put the miles on in order to find the curves. I think I'll replace the tires at the end of the season, I would do it now but it's not in the budget. I know it's largely opinion but any tire recommendations so I can forecast.

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Re: LOW SPEED GROWL

Postby fuzzydog » Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:38 am

Metzeler marathon 880 I think

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Re: LOW SPEED GROWL

Postby fuzzydog » Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:55 am

I well adjust. The air psi. To day befor i ride .As for the corners I like them to much the rest of my group gets mad at me in the corners because I run off and leave them

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Re: LOW SPEED GROWL

Postby Dusty Boots » Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:10 pm

I'll lay odds that the rear tire is/has cupped and is the source of your noise when you lean the bike off of centre.
Run your hand along the tread of the rear tire and if it's not smooth, like it's feathered, it's cupped and will make that noise you describe as a 'growl', which is pretty well 'normal' tire wear on a rear tire.

http://www.rattlebars.com/tirewear/

Smack67 .... my 'go to' motorcycle tires are the Dunlop Elite III bias tires. 42 PSI front, 43-44 PSI rear




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