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Old 06-27-2013, 05:48 PM   #1
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Tire noise?

New to the GS world. Bought a used 2011 with 3000 miles. I have rode it about 700 miles and it has what I can only describe as a modulating noise from the back end. I have been blaming the tires but not sure. Bike has Metzler Torence on it. Is this normal? I am already gun shy with all the final drive talk on this forum.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:25 PM   #2
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I posted the exact same problem about 2 yrs ago. The oscillating noise always started at the same speed and drove me crazy wondering if I had a dodgy FD or driveshaft. Many inmates on here suggested it was the tires but, I didnt believe that. Until the day came when I changed rubbers and sure enough. To my surprise, the sound was completely gone. I wouldnt be surprised at all if you have a flat spot in your tire. Also, I had tourance exp on the bike.
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:09 AM   #3
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same problem!

I have the same issue with tourance exp. The dealer and inmates here have told me that it is normal and it happens... I can't wait to change the tires since it is annoying. Mine changes a little based on tire pressure so to make sure it is the tire(s) you can increase the pressure and see what happens. Mine decreases with increasing pressure.
Start looking for another brand of tires!
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Old 06-28-2013, 02:56 AM   #4
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My '04 GS had well worn Michy Anakie's on it when I bought it. The back was well squared off (flat across the middle) and the front quite scalloped. At 80 kmh (50 mph on your side of the world) they were quite noisy. And only in a narrow speed range - from a needles width under 80 to a couple over.
Replaced both tyres and have no noise!
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:40 AM   #5
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That makes me feel better. I put the bike on the center stand and turn the rear wheel and everything is smooth and quiet. I will be glad to wear these tires out and buy new ones. The rear does have some mild cupping and slight flat spot. I think the previous owner ran it with the wrong pressure. What kind of mileage should I expect before they need changed?
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