Front Buzz at 35mph and 55mph


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vv0350
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Front Buzz at 35mph and 55mph

Postby vv0350 » Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:59 am



97 GL1500...110,000 miles...well maintained...in the last few months it has developed a buzz at exactally 35mph +/- one mph and again lightly at 55 mph....I tried lubing the speedo cable...did it twice in an afternoon...still the same buzz...speedo head doesn't show a jumping needle...so....
Took it in to the Honda Shop yesterday and the mechanic rode it and said he heard it but had no idea what the problem was coming from...said it sounded like a plastic problem to him...the service mgr rode the bike and couldn't hear it...funny, we hear it almost every time we go through the 35mph point...I did notice that yesterday afternoon, in 100 degrees, it seemed to stop...don't know...anyone else have this crazy problem. Thanks for any ideas.. :?: :?: :?:



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Re: Front Buzz at 35mph and 55mph

Postby dingdong » Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:05 am

I tend to agree with the Mechanic. Something vibrating and rubbing. I had a similar rattle and it turned out to be a loose muffler clamp bolt.
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Re: Front Buzz at 35mph and 55mph

Postby robb » Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:33 am

The vent in windshield on mine whistles at certain speeds and the deer whistle on front can be heard when driving too long in a straight line. Have a friend who placed a foam piece in fork opening and all noise went away. I just turn the radio up and ride since the front is smooth as glass.

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Re: Front Buzz at 35mph and 55mph

Postby Dusty Boots » Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:39 am

You wouldn't happen to have a Bridgestone BattleAx up front, do you?

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Re: Front Buzz at 35mph and 55mph

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:41 pm

This may be a bit off track but on my 88,the ball ends of the clutch and brake levers 'had' a hole bored into the bottoms of them....It had a annoying noise while driving at some speeds...I filled the holes with silicone..

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Re: Front Buzz at 35mph and 55mph

Postby vv0350 » Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:44 pm

Strange..but I will look for holes and fill them if found..thanks

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Re: Front Buzz at 35mph and 55mph

Postby vv0350 » Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:53 pm

Dusty Boots wrote:You wouldn't happen to have a Bridgestone BattleAx up front, do you?

No, we are running a Michelin Pilot Activ...one of those rear GL tires that can go on the front of a trike..having good luck with it so far...

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Re: Front Buzz at 35mph and 55mph

Postby robb » Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:54 pm

I run a BT45 up front and yes it does generate noise when run in reverse direction.

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Re: Front Buzz at 35mph and 55mph

Postby Dusty Boots » Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:28 pm

Ya ... I went Double Dark for a while and the BT45 generated a buzz and vibration @ 30 mph all the time

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Re: Front Buzz at 35mph and 55mph

Postby robb » Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:31 am

4 oz beads and it is smooth as glass, but tire can sing like crickets in a lean.




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