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post #31 of 39 Old 09-11-2019, 08:20 PM
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I get a noise from the handlebar area when applying the front brakes hard enough for the nose of my bike to dive down, and the same noise when it comes back up. Pretty sure the steering head bearings need an adjustment.
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I just got back from another test ride session, I do think as some have suggested, the issue is chain/sprocket related as far as where the clicking is coming from.

When I got home I put the bike in 1st gear ( motor off ) and rolled it fore and aft, and the click from the slack being taken up sounds much like the click I'm describing while bike is being ridden slowly.

I did the same motor off 1st gear roll with my other two bikes, a B king and a Gsxr, and the sound from the slack being taken up back and forth is more muted than the more metallic sound from the Gsxs.

Keep in mind the gsxs has a well adjusted chain with 700 miles now on the bike. I don't see anything wrong with the tolerances.

Why the Gsxs has a more pronounced and more metal on metal sound beats me, but its very noticable as I go around cor ners and other on/off throttle situations during normal riding.

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I just got back from another test ride session, I do think as some have suggested, the issue is chain/sprocket related as far as where the clicking is coming from.

When I got home I put the bike in 1st gear ( motor off ) and rolled it fore and aft, and the click from the slack being taken up sounds much like the click I'm describing while bike is being ridden slowly.

I did the same motor off 1st gear roll with my other two bikes, a B king and a Gsxr, and the sound from the slack being taken up back and forth is more muted than the more metallic sound from the Gsxs.

Keep in mind the gsxs has a well adjusted chain with 700 miles now on the bike. I don't see anything wrong with the tolerances.

Why the Gsxs has a more pronounced and more metal on metal sound beats me, but its very noticable as I go around cor ners during normal riding.
When you say well adjusted chain, have you checked alignment carefully? I use a


(it's expensive, but really works and I recommend it). You can't trust the hash marks on the swingarm.
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When you say well adjusted chain, have you checked alignment carefully? I use a Profi Cat Laser tool (it's expensive, but really works and I recommend it). You can't trust the hash marks on the swingarm.
You think chain misalignment could make enough of a difference to cause the click? Wouldn't it show up on the wear or lube marks on the rear sprocket? Another factor is I have had 2 of these early manufactered 2018 bikes, both have the problem, I wonder if somethings defecto around this build date ( 11/17 ) ?
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I get a noise from the handlebar area when applying the front brakes hard enough for the nose of my bike to dive down, and the same noise when it comes back up. Pretty sure the steering head bearings need an adjustment.
I have the same issue, I also think the head bearings need adjustment. I do NOT do wheelies. Never did and at 57 not gonna start now. Will need to get that scheduled as I believe loose bearings will wear faster.
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You think chain misalignment could make enough of a difference to cause the click? Wouldn't it show up on the wear or lube marks on the rear sprocket? Another factor is I have had 2 of these early manufactered 2018 bikes, both have the problem, I wonder if somethings defecto around this build date ( 11/17 ) ?
You would definitely get clicks before wear, but it would wear earlier too. I doubt it would affect lube marks on the rear sprocket. If you haven't checked you should (at least with a


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I'll get that tool, I've been meaning to anyway.
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I would be interested to hear from those who have used an alignment tool like the Motion Pro what the alignment of the two wheels is like? That is if they have checked it.

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I have the same issue, I also think the head bearings need adjustment. I do NOT do wheelies. Never did and at 57 not gonna start now. Will need to get that scheduled as I believe loose bearings will wear faster.
In my case I am one to to get the front off the ground from time to time. The m4 system and the tuning I've been doing makes it pretty much inevitable when you twist the throttle hard. Loose bearings will cause accelerated wear just like tight bearings will, just need to adjust them to that happy medium where there is no play and only minimal drag.
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