Buzz from front at 33 to 35 mph only..


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Buzz from front at 33 to 35 mph only..

Postby vv0350 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:17 am



Driving a 97 GL1500 on a California Sidecar trike..
About 3 months ago, we began hearing a slight buzz, whine from the front end at about 35 mph...would quit after we got past 35...over the 3 months, the buzz, whine has gotten louder and downright annoying....sort of starts at about 33mph and picks up some in loudness until 35mph..then nothing...no noise at all..when we slow down,and we go through the same 35mph buzz again until about 33mph...the first thought was that the speedo cable was getting dry...but no related movement in the speedo needle at all...needle moves smooth..
Anyone else had this issue..??
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Re: Buzz from front at 33 to 35 mph only..

Postby dingdong » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:36 am

I would remove and lube the speedo cable anyway. Easy to do and will eliminate that as a possibility.
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Re: Buzz from front at 33 to 35 mph only..

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:30 pm

It could be an unbalanced tire that is resonating something in the bike at a certain speed (frequency). Try rebalancing the tires, or just yank the weights altogether and put some dyna beads in the tires.

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Re: Buzz from front at 33 to 35 mph only..

Postby vv0350 » Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:51 am

Yea, well...it turned out to be a rear tire on the front that had gone flat..but the reinforced sidewall of the rear tire, made it look properly inflated....it was 8 lbs when checked at the dealer....the mechanic SHOWED me the dowfall of putting a rear tire on the front...it doesn't seal exactly correctly...with 50 lbs in the tire and a bottle of bubble water...you could see hundreds of spots that were slowly leaking air around the rim..the mechanic told me that he had taken off dozens of "rear tire to the front" rigs and gone back with correct front tires...Left the dealership with a new front, correct, tire and no more buzz....
The end..

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Re: Buzz from front at 33 to 35 mph only..

Postby Andy Cote » Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:17 am

My first thought was front tire pressure.

But I claim BS on the rear tire not seating correctly on the front wheel bead. There is no difference in the bead front to rear. Either the wheel bead surface needs to be cleaned, is pitted or the tire was bad. Ask "Mechanic" to prove his claim. I never met him and I don't have a medical degree but I diagnose him with cranial - rectal inversion.


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