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Hi everyone



I just returned from a nice trip to the mountains..

I have a rubbing sound in the rear of my bike that I never noticed before. It is fairly pronounced in 1st and 2nd gear. The sound goes away when I give it gas and put load on it or when I pull the clutch in. Any ideas as to what the noise may be???
 

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Put it on the center stand and start it up.. put it in gear.. now carefully listen... Also, look for rub marks n the tire.. Precious little to go with... without a little more information... and WELCOME as I see you are recent to the forum!!
 

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Hi Bugz,

Pull the bags and look for anything with abrasion marks and make sure the wheel is tracking straight.

It could be something serious like a brake line rubbing or a loose wheel, or even bad bearings. Don't stop until you figure it out because it might be very dangerous.

On the other hand I'vehad a leaf stick in a swingarm and make a horrendous noise.
 

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thanks...



I'll try it on the center stand and see what I can figure out...

I don't see anything rubbing, ie brake line or marks on the tire.

I'm thinking drive or transmission.



bugs
 

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I had a similar situation. The rotor was rubbing on the caliper bracket occassionally. Despite not being able to detect bad wheel bearings, that is what it turned out to be.
 

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Thanks...
What's confusing me is if I use the brakes the noise is still there. When I use the clutch or increase the gas the noise goes away... I will put it on the center stand and see what I can figure out when I get home from work..

bugz
 

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Hello everyone..



I figured out the noise. The rear bearing was bad and when the rear tire was installed no moly was used. It makes a heck of a racket!!!

That's all fixed up and we're ready to ride...

thanks for the help



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Good that you corrected a potentially dangerous condition if you had let it go, or ignored it. :clapper:

Thanks for the update !!

Dusty
 
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