Noisy bearing or normal noise !!

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Noisy bearing or normal noise !!

Postby winger1976 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:09 pm

I have traveled two up and just the spinning of the front wheel seems noisy. In two occasions at speeds of 60 - 70 MPH on an open smooth road, a sudden noise comes from the front end of my 2012 Goldwing that has less than 2500 miles on the clock. It sounds like a continuous noise such as growling that lasts for 10 seconds more or less. This is riding in a straight line, no turning, no leaning just the sudden noise. I was wondering if the electric fans are turning on and making that noise.. just don't know. But why would the fans kick on with the continuous movement of air while in motion?

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Re: Noisy bearing or normal noise !!

Postby Sagebrush » Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:00 am

The fan would be easy to check out just by idling the bike until it warms up enough for the fans to come on.

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Re: Noisy bearing or normal noise !!

Postby themainviking » Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:02 pm

That sounds a lot like road and tire noise coming up through the suspension tunnel. I put foam inserts in there to shut off some of the noise. Most of the tire manufacturers have noisy tires. Avon seems to be quieter, while Dunlop is noisier. This has been my experience. Your noise may be something else, so this is just something to look at.
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Re: Noisy bearing or normal noise !!

Postby peppilepew » Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:16 pm

Mine has a noise similar to a Maytag washing machine. More prevalent at lower rpms.

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