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post #1 of 22 Old 02-13-2019, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Strange sound from radiator-ish area

On my 2006 Vee w/ 77k miles I have a weird noise that I have absolutely no clue and cannot pin down. This will be vary vague as I am not even sure exactly where the noise is coming from. Only when I am moving at slower speeds (sub 25mph) when I start turning it sounds like leafs ruffling?? I can only get it to make that sound when I am moving and I dont think it is the timing chain cause it does not sound to slappy, and it will never make the sound when running but not moving. However it does sound like it is coming from between the tank and the instrument cluster. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 22 Old 02-13-2019, 11:00 PM
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Check your mount bolt at the front of the fuel tank for tightness. This is the bolt that the tank pivots on when you undo the rear tank mount bolt, that is sometimes required to top-up the rad fluid on some Wee's. I know nothing about Vee's so not sure if its a similar setup. Also, a shot in the dark on my part...
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Front tyre? Lift it off the deck and spin it. Examine the tread all around.

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Andy, you need to determine if it is engine / front wheel / chain related / tupperware. A steep decline, not engine required and in neutral, will help for the testing the front wheel / chain theory. If these prove negative, then check the airbox or as gdrew suggested, the mount bolt at the front of the fuel tank for tightness or even perhaps a tupperware securing screw that has needs checking for vibration. Since you have to start somewhere, try the down hill run with no engine power, as a starting point.
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Front wheel bearings? Front brake pad noise?

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Only when I am moving...... at slower speeds (sub 25mph).... when I start turning..... sounds like leafs ruffling
Andy, lots of good ideas already posted about isolating the noise. Got a center stand? Get the front wheel off the ground. Spin it and move the forks back and forth to see if the noise appears. Check your brake pads to see if you are metal on metal -- could make the sound on a slow speed turn if one pad falls onto the rotor. Also, stand in front of the bike, straddling the front tire, lift the nose from under the headlights. Does this nose cone move up any? The Vee has a history of losing a bolt that holds the nose cone firm in place. There are two bolts and when I lost one it took me a long time to find that noise. Greywolf assured me it was a common problem. The bolt is accessed straight down under the ignition switch. Ride the bike and try to make the noise happen again, like in a parking lot where you have room to experiment with it. When it does, pull clutch. Still there? Rev engine. Still there? Turn the other way. Still there? Apply brake but keep throttle/speed going. Still there? Let us know what else you learn as you try to isolate the noise. There is lots and lots of help on this forum!!
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Thank you guys for all the replies!! I will get to checking all those things and report back to you. I know its not the gas tank bolt as I have already had and issue with that and solved it with a nylon nut.
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On that bike the 2 bolts that hold the fairing to the bike frame up at the steering head often come loose, even falling out and jamming up the steering.

Have a good look at those bolts and put some locking agent on them while you are there.
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... I have a weird noise....... Only when I am moving at slower speeds (sub 25mph) when I start turning it sounds like leafs ruffling??...
Another thought, check on the front fender / mud guard clearance, fender may be catching the crash bars as you turn, https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650a-...ne-guards.html or even the steering stem bearings? See this write up for more info, https://blacklabadventures.com/2012/...ement-upgrade/
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