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I have notice on rough roads or when I hit a bump, a rattle has developed. It seems to be coming from the lower mid to the rear of the bike, I cannot pinpoint it exactly. It sounds like metal on metal. I have had it up on the center stand and cannot duplicate it. Any ideas on where to look?
 

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Whack on the tire with a rubber mallet on the center stand? Check the muffler shroud too. However, if touching the rear brake makes it stop, you may need the ebc rear rotor.
 

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The "cowbell" syndrome is a good guess. That is a rattle in the rear brake disk that is common on some models, '05 in particular and maybe a year before and after. I don't think the earlier models had that problem nor the latest years. If that is the problem, there is a BMW fix that will cost you as much as $700 with labor and an aftermarket fix with an EBC rotor that will cost you less than $200 if you do it yourself. I found a lot of postings on the website under "cowbell" that helped me solve the problem on my '05.
 

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tips727 said:
The "cowbell" syndrome is a good guess. That is a rattle in the rear brake disk that is common on some models, '05 in particular and maybe a year before and after. I don't think the earlier models had that problem nor the latest years. If that is the problem, there is a BMW fix that will cost you as much as $700 with labor and an aftermarket fix with an EBC rotor that will cost you less than $200 if you do it yourself. I found a lot of postings on the website under "cowbell" that helped me solve the problem on my '05.
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I should have mentioned that I just put the EBC rotor and EBC HH pads due to the same problem...FIXED.
 

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I hear rattling on the gravel drive and believe I have tracked it down to the factory passenger floorboards moving around.
 
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