Front end chirping noise


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Front end chirping noise

Postby Pacificbuoy » Sat May 21, 2016 7:21 pm



I have an intermittent noise apparently coming from the front of the bike. Only when in motion and when it starts intermittently it becomes more frequent.
It sounds like a bearing is on its way out but it's not constant.
I've ruled out the speedo and tach cables and the cooling fan.
Any ideas what else it might be?
This is an 81 gl1100i



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Re: Front end chirping noise

Postby 4wred » Sun May 22, 2016 6:57 am

Maybe a caliper hanging up just slightly? do you have any brake squeal when using your front brakes?

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Re: Front end chirping noise

Postby Pacificbuoy » Sun May 22, 2016 9:36 am

The sound volume doesn't increase when the break is applied. There is a quality to the sound that speaks of rotation though. The sound does change in frequency as the bike slows or speeds up.
I'll have a good look at the breaks today. Thanks

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Re: Front end chirping noise

Postby AndaPrayer » Mon May 23, 2016 12:24 pm

If you would not have mentioned that you ruled out the cooling fan I would have pointed you there since they can sound like a song bird at times.

Good luck in finding it.

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Re: Front end chirping noise

Postby indianakid » Mon May 23, 2016 1:10 pm

when the cam tension rollers start to go they will make a sound similar to what you described. it is not constant (at first) but will occur intermittently at higher engine speeds.... ~3000+. pull your belt covers.... if the rollers have rubber deposits on them then they are "skidding" along the belt instead of rolling.

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Re: Front end chirping noise

Postby dingdong » Tue May 24, 2016 7:59 am

My first thing to check would be the speedo cable.
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Re: Front end chirping noise

Postby indianakid » Tue May 24, 2016 9:01 am

dingdong, please ref the original post.......................

"I've ruled out the speedo and tach cables and the cooling fan.
Any ideas what else it might be?"

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Re: Front end chirping noise

Postby Pacificbuoy » Tue May 24, 2016 9:45 am

Thanks Everyone. After checking the front callipers as suggested I moved on to the belt tension rollers. It was a bit of an ordeal to get into the belt covers but it was worth it. There was a small amount of rubber deposit on both rollers (more on the 2/4 side) so I cleaned them up and went for a 20k ride without any front end noise. This Saturday will be a 500k ride and the ultimate test.
Thanks again for the input.

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Re: Front end chirping noise

Postby 4wred » Tue May 24, 2016 1:38 pm

When were the belts changed last??? That would have been the perfect time to do it :oops:

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Re: Front end chirping noise

Postby Pacificbuoy » Tue May 24, 2016 3:09 pm

It would have been. It was all a matter of timing (pardon the pun) it takes a few weeks for parts to get to me and I will be away. My personality won't let me listen to the noise until then. :)

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Re: Front end chirping noise

Postby WingAdmin » Wed May 25, 2016 7:50 pm

Whenever you hear a speed-dependent noise, the first thing you should do is isolate it to drivetrain or engine. Get yourself up to speed to where you are hearing the noise, then pull the clutch in and let the engine go to idle. If the noise continues at the same rate, then it is drivetrain/wheels/brakes, etc. If the noise goes away, then it's engine.




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