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    Noise in a turn at greater than 50 mph-2006 ST1300- Michelin Pilot 2 tires

    After the bike is warm and been run for a bit, when applying countersteer forces to the handlebars, I hear a noise coming from the front of the bike that you don't hear when going straight. It is apparent above 60 mph. I jacked the bike and checked for play or bearing racket from the front wheel. No apparent issue. The front tire seems to be OK also.

    The noise is like a whine or vibration but you don't feel it in the handlebars and doesn't occur when the bike is cold.

    Comments and ideas are welcomed. Thanks. Cordially, Dave Wilson

    Bike has been maintained by Honda and has 17000 on it.

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    Re: Noise in a turn at greater than 50 mph-2006 ST1300- Michelin Pilot 2 tires

    That is a common noise from the PR2's it is not a problem.
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    Re: Noise in a turn at greater than 50 mph-2006 ST1300- Michelin Pilot 2 tires

    The Michelins are notorious for being noisy especially off center such as leaning in a turn.
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    Re: Noise in a turn at greater than 50 mph-2006 ST1300- Michelin Pilot 2 tires

    Ear plugs solved the same problem with my PR 2's

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    Re: Noise in a turn at greater than 50 mph-2006 ST1300- Michelin Pilot 2 tires

    Quote Originally Posted by Putt-Putt View Post
    Ear plugs solved the same problem with my PR 2's
    Bridgestone BT-023's solved it for me
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    Re: Noise in a turn at greater than 50 mph-2006 ST1300- Michelin Pilot 2 tires

    I have the same problem (no vibration-only noise) with a Metzler ME880 radial. There was never a sound with stock BT020.
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    Re: Noise in a turn at greater than 50 mph-2006 ST1300- Michelin Pilot 2 tires

    Dave, I too suspect the tires. Can you post a pic of the worn tire tread, both front and rear?

    But .... Your point about it happening after the bike is warmed up makes me wonder a little about brake rub (the tires will whine regardless of cold or warm). You should look at your brake pads and rotors to ensure there's no unusual wear (gouges, grooves, or atypical color on rotor, or down to the metal on the pads). Look for any objects trapped in/around the brake pads or pistons. Also make sure the calipers are floating (can be slightly flexed laterally). With someone's help and with bike on centerstand, have someone rotate the rear wheel (in neutral) and then you should pull the left front brake caliper forward by hand to engage the SMC (Secondary Master Cylinder)--doing that should instantly brake the rear wheel. When you let go of the SMC, the rear wheel should free up so that it can be spun normally again (with ever so slight pad dragging sound on the rear disc, of course).

    Let us know what you find.
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    Re: Noise in a turn at greater than 50 mph-2006 ST1300- Michelin Pilot 2 tires

    +1 The PRs don't know the words...
    Just turn up the ear buds.
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    Re: Noise in a turn at greater than 50 mph-2006 ST1300- Michelin Pilot 2 tires

    Yup, tire hum that sounds like a bad bearing. Typical with a number of brands and models of tires with different levels of intensity. Usually starts to occur after you've put a couple of thousand miles on the tires. New tires often of the same brand will correct it temporarily. It's nothing to worry about and, at least in my case is inaudible with ear plugs in.

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    Re: Noise in a turn at greater than 50 mph-2006 ST1300- Michelin Pilot 2 tires

    You're never lonely with the PR2s.
    In the middle of no where they'll hum to you.
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