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Yes, it sounds like groaning. It only occurs at very low speeds, regardless of being in gear or out. When the brakes are off. I can feel the vibration through the handlebars. Bike has 33,000 miles on it. 2011 Cross Country. Had brakes replaced a couple months ago but haven't ridden the bike much since I bought the Highball. May have heard the groaning after the brake job but dismissed it as "break in".
Rode the bike to Laughlin two weeks ago and did not notice it. (400 miles.) Had both tires replaced last Friday. I am riding with the wife on board yesterday and she noticed it. She hasn't been on the bike for a year.

I am guessing I have the wrong brake pads and they are dragging or for some reason, my front bearings are shot and they are grinding.

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Are either of these guesses feasible?
Could it be something else?

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Does it happen only when you squeeze the brakes, only when you release the brakes, or both? I would suggest belt noise...



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Ha ja ha ja the wife noticed the groaning too at the front ??

Ok could you jack up the bike and spinn the front wheel and listen again ?

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my front bearings are shot and they are grinding.
From my experience, you can also feel a difference when bearings are shot.

It is an unmistakable grinding also. Pad scrubbing makes a Shhhh sound.
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Does it happen only when you squeeze the brakes, only when you release the brakes, or both? I would suggest belt noise...
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Ok. Took it out this morning and could not hear it. Slow speeds in the neighborhood. Decided to take it on the freeway. After 15 minutes at highway speeds(75 mph), I noticed it again when coming to a stoplight. The noise persists in gear, out of gear, even coasting with the engine off.( but less so). No change in the sound when I apply the brakes.

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Your belt is too tight.
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Your belt is too tight.
Makes sense. The trigger was changing the tire. Is this something that will work itself out as the belt continue to age?
Should I get it adjusted?

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Makes sense. The trigger was changing the tire. Is this something that will work itself out as the belt continue to age?
Should I get it adjusted?
What I do is loosen the axle nut on the left. Loosen each adjuster nut about 1/6 of a turn. Re-torque the axle nut and the adjusters. Repeat if it still makes noise. If it starts chirping when cold it is too loose.
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Does it happen only when you squeeze the brakes, only when you release the brakes, or both? I would suggest belt noise...

Broggs are you losing some pounds?
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