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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-19-2017, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Wondering if anyone has suggestions This noise only starts at 20 mph or higher....is constant other than it stops occasionally when hitting a small bump etc but will restart when hitting another bump. I have checked everything and cant find anything that is loose. The wheel hub itself seems sound in that there is no play at all. Is the only possibility that a bearing could be going? Thanks for any input on this. Rick
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Not a bearing or it would be consistent through all speeds and would speed up the the faster you went.

The noise does sound familiar to me though. What happens when you pull the clutch in while the noise is going on/
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I'm thinking something in the primary or possibly the transmission. I'd also, just to be sure, check your belt alignment and make sure both pulleys are tight.

Edit: Also, just because it sounds like it's coming from the front, doesn't necessarily mean it is. Noises can travel through the frame to sound like they are coming from somewhere else.

It's a little like when you smell something burning or some other odd smell while on the bike. Normally it will be from something ahead of you and not you.

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....the videos were made with the clutch pulled in and coasting.... Its noisy with clutch out as well just easier to hear with it in. It does start and stop with bumps sometime although not always. In the first video you can hear it stop at just below 18 mph Beats me
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Well, maybe it is the bearing, and when it reaches a certain speed the bearings settle into a position to stop making the noise. Anything is possible.

It doesn't sound like a bearing noise to me though. My experience with bearings going out is they make a clicking sound rather than a rubbing sound like what you're experiencing.

I guess the next step is to run it by a shop and see what their mech's say.
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It does seem to speed up though as you increase speed. Or it might be more accurate to say it becomes less defined bud not really any louder with speed

thanks for the thoughts BBob I agree with what you say but it sure sounds frontish
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Ya i guess I will have to run it by a shop .... I guess to me it sounds like you were to swishing some pebbles around in a plastic bowl.... or rolling them around in your hand...Its a conundrum Thks
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I think if a person rides around slowly listening for noises from a Victory then they are going to hear them.

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Just checked out a rear end noise on a Yamaha Star the other weekend. Guess what it sounded similar. Told the guy I thought it was the bearings. He took the wheel off, yes the needle bearings in the hub/cush drive were bad. The wonderful bike shop that changed his last rear tire, tightened the fruck out of the drive belt. Hang things to tight to long they die....... I personally would jack the front of the bike up so the tire clears. Spin it see how it sounds. Have somebody hold the bike by the bars and then try moving the wheel up,down, back and forth, see if you feel some slop at all in it. If that does not tell you anything then time to start taking it apart. If you do not feel any play or slop or ruffness in the wheel movement I would pull the brake pads off and try spinning it, if the noise goes away you got a problem in the brakes somewhere( I doubt that's it). So now if nothing has solved the noise problem, pull the axle out and drop the wheel out. Take your finger and spin the wheel bearings, if they are ruff feeling or noisey, time for some new bearings.
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What bike model? If a cross bike, check plastic guard above and in front of rear wheel to be sure it is seated properly up and out of the way.
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