bike making strange sound


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tprender
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bike making strange sound

Postby tprender » Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:56 am



On this new to me '95 that I got 3 weeks ago. After getting it running after it had been setting for over a year, I am getting a wooing sound between 20 and 45 mph. II first thought that it was the speedo cable, took it out and greased it, no difference. This is what it kind of sounded to me from past cables needed lubed. I am kind of leaning to the speedo itself. Now the bike does have the Dunlop E3's on F&R. I have been reading that some people get a sound from these tires. If it was front wheel bearing, wouldn't it make it at all rpm's. If I pull the clutch in the sound is still there.



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Re: bike making strange sound

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:08 pm

Unhook the sped cable and drive it...inspect both tires for scallop wear...ride straight...curve left then right...does it change.?Date code the tires...over 4 years old?Rubber gets hard.

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Re: bike making strange sound

Postby wingman12 » Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:33 pm

I have been using the e-3 on my wing for the last120,000 miles and have not noticed any loud noises from the tires. Does the noise go away when you press the front brake lever? Or brake pedal? Almost sounds like a brake pad rubbing the rotor. :D :D

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Re: bike making strange sound

Postby dingdong » Wed Jul 29, 2015 8:48 am

I'm betting on the E3s being the problem. My last 3 sets did that same thing after a couple k miles and the reason I don't buy them any more. Does it happen more when you lean the bike in a turn?

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tprender
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Re: bike making strange sound

Postby tprender » Wed Jul 29, 2015 10:49 am

The sound is there when I am going straight or leaning. I can be on the gas of off the gas and the sound is still there. The tires are starting to show some cupping, both of them still have plenty of tread. Will go and check the front bearing and brake pads for wear.

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Re: bike making strange sound

Postby Mh434 » Wed Jul 29, 2015 2:22 pm

If the noise gets louder in turns, it's more than likely the tires. The Dunlops are famous for this. I just put on a new rear, and 90% of that sound is gone. There was a lot of cupping on the old tire (even though it still had 80-90% of its tread). The new one is the new style MT carcass (harder compound in the middle than at the sides) which is supposed to combat cupping & decrease uneven wear. We'll see...

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Re: bike making strange sound

Postby bo_mull » Wed Jul 29, 2015 3:56 pm

I put an E3 on the rear of mine and it makes the same noise from 25 mph to 35 mph. It doesn't matter if i'm going straight or turning, clutch in or out, accelerating or decelerating. Mine does it louder on smoother pavement. I was worried about it at first and took the rear tire off and checked everything. When this tire wears out I will NOT be buying another E3. For now I turn up the radio.




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