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post #1 of 9 Old Sep 29th, 2006, 12:00 pm Thread Starter
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Question Humming noise when turning

I have a 2002 1200LTC with 5,000 miles on it. Recently it started making a humming noise when I lean into a curve. It doesn't do it when I'm riding straight and normal. It is louder when I lean left butalso does it when I lean right. It is the loudest at 65 mph on the interstate in a left hand turn.

I have checked the rear tire, tire wear, pressures, lug bolts, . I can't find anything unusual. I called the dealer (90 miles away) and he said it possibly was tire wear.

Does anyone else have their bike make this noise in a lean?
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post #2 of 9 Old Sep 29th, 2006, 12:18 pm
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It is your tires, you probably have metzellers on, dont worry about it, they all do it, just make sure you keep your pressures at 42psi front and 48 psi for the rear. You can go with different brands if you want to spend extra $$$$, but probably wont get the mileage from other brands.
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Yes I have Metzellers.

The pressures you gave me are higher than what the manual says. (I think 34 in front & 43 in back).

Have you found they wear better with the higher pressures?
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post #4 of 9 Old Sep 29th, 2006, 12:47 pm
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Wink ah yes, The Infamous Metzler GROWL--

now you know what it sounds like.
(and yes you will get better wear @42F/48R)

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Thumbs up Metzler Growel

Its nothing to worry about its the feathering of the tread, my metzlers have done it every time (3) I get near the time to replace the tire. I've just started to use it as my gage to when its time to order a tire.

edit: oops bad spelling

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What threw me off on the feathering is the tires still have plenty of tread left. How many miles do you usually get out of your tires?
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You may still have plenty of miles left, depending on your riding conditions. Straight freeway riding will use just the bottom of your rear tire and it will become flatter, or curvy canyons roads and you will see the sides of your tires being used as well. Just check your tread every now and then.

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post #8 of 9 Old Sep 29th, 2006, 8:12 pm
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I'll +1 this . I have Metzlers and they do the exact same thing. I just ride em and ignore the hum.
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post #9 of 9 Old Sep 30th, 2006, 9:32 am
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I hear humming when I'm going thru curves also
it's usually The Flight of the Valkyries
I love the hum of Metzlers in the morning
Sounds like fun

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