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post #1 of 9 Old Dec 4th, 2005, 5:35 pm Thread Starter
 
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Unhappy Subtle noise when weaving

I have a 1999 Lt and just lately started experiencing a "rubbing" type sound when I weave within a lane. The wheels appear stable to the touch. No discernable noise when riding straight. The sound seems like it is coming from the front. Anyone experience front wheel bearing problems?
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post #2 of 9 Old Dec 4th, 2005, 6:14 pm
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Wink Tires?

Probably just a little cupping on the front tire.

Mine moans when I weave back and forth as well... nothing to worry about.

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As the tires wear they tend to moan or whine a little bit due to cupping when cornering or weaving. Even lane changes will exhibit this. Metzelers tend to do it more than others. There's nothing to worry about.

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It's the front tire. When I first heard the sound on my bike I thought it was a wheel bearing.
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post #5 of 9 Old Dec 4th, 2005, 8:30 pm
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Question It might not be a tire -

When the rear end failed on mine, it started out like a rubbing sound. I could feel it more than I heard it. It took about a week before the rear dumped completely. If you have a new noise that you haven't heard before, you might check the rear. Tire noise has always been there...
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Strange noise

Would you happen to have Metzler 880 tires? If yes, they do that. Have yet to find one that didn't give off some type of noise when at any angle other than straight up. You'll get used to it, even proves helpful at times.

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Rubbing Sound

The rubbing sound is a bit weird... you might want to get that checked out. BUT if you are running with 880's and you have over 5k on them, they will sound like AirWolf screaming when you are blasting through a big sweeping turn or chaning lanes... at first I thought the bearing where going to hell, but I knew it wasn't that.. the bike only had 4500 miles on it!!!!

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More than likely it is the tires. They can cause a noise and a vibration. Tap on the front fender in different locations and if it buzzes the front tire can excite this buzzing--it will be probably be worse when cold. I looked for your profile to see where you were located to see if temp could be a factor but could find no profile. The colder temps will cause some resonances on any bike with as much plastic as the BMW. My LT is 100 times better in this regard compared to my Wing.
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rubbing noise

The same sound came about when my bike hit about 67,000 km. I had it checked and it was my front bearings. Ron
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