Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, USA
Model: 1993 GL1500 S/E
I just got an '88 on the road. Put (my) first 100+ miles on it today, and notice a wheel-timed "creaking" sound - like a slow-moving doorwith tight hinges, coming from the rear wheel. It's especially noticeable at a slow roll, but you can hear it speed up with the wheel until the wind and engine noise drowns it out.
No noise if the bike is off the ground, and the wheel is rolled. The caliper isn't dragging, and it doesn't sound like a gear. There is no axial, or lateral play in the rear wheel. It doesn't "sing" like a bad bearing. There's no excessive heat at the diff., or atypical appearance/smell of gear-lube. The tire looks completely normal, andis not contacting the swingarm or anything else that I can see.
The sound doesn't change at all whether under power, braking, or coasting in neutral. Ithasn't gottenany worse/louder in 100 miles, and there are no associated vibrations.
I pushed the bike, while a friend creeper-surfed alongside listening - the sound is definitely coming from the rear wheel area. I'm gonna flip the luggage up for a look around back there tomorrow, but I was curious if anyone else has run into this one ?? It's weird.
6'-2", 210, old Geezer Glide and a big dumb grin.
Goldwings. . . if you're gonna have something between your legs, it might as well be enormous and smooth.