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post #1 of 11 Old 09-30-2018, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Bad Wheel Bearing?

While riding yesterday I started hearing a knocking sound every so often (can’t pin point where it is coming from while riding) and when it makes the noise the front end shakes/vibrates slightly.

I have new chain and sprockets (within the last couple thousand miles) that I keep clean and lubed. New tires (within the past 1k miles). And have had no issues with either.

Chain tension/slack is fine and is the same as when I installed it.
Also spun the wheels by hand and they spin fine and nothing appears to be rubbing or warped. Also no abnormal noises when spinning them by hand.

Road it around the neighborhood at slow speeds tonight and the noise/shake was definitely there. Sounds almost like a rattling sound.

Any ideas?
I will probably start with the bearings since that will be the cheapest and easiest.

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post #2 of 11 Old 09-30-2018, 07:07 PM
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My rear wheel bearings went bad around 33,000 miles.

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Well my rear wheel bearings had shit themselves at 10,000 miles. They where knackered when I brought the bike. PO had neglected bike. Front wheel bearings, like new.
Your on the right track. Replace your bearings. They are cheap and easy. At least you'll eliminate them as the cause.
Check everything else out while your down there.

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Here was my experience. I think I have replaced the rear bearings a couple of times and the front once.

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If the wheel bearing is bad enough to make noise you should be able to wiggle the wheel side to side slightly when it's off the ground... mine was still not completely gone but I noticed it because I found a little wiggle in the rear wheel side to side .

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My rear wheel bearings went bad around 33,000 miles.
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Well my rear wheel bearings had shit themselves at 10,000 miles. They where knackered when I brought the bike. PO had neglected bike. Front wheel bearings, like new.
Your on the right track. Replace your bearings. They are cheap and easy. At least you'll eliminate them as the cause.
Check everything else out while your down there.
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Here was my experience. I think I have replaced the rear bearings a couple of times and the front once.

https://www.wristtwisters.com/forums...ght-27087.html
Thanks for the insights.

Mine has just over 22k, I’ve owned it since around 18k.

With everything I’ve done to the bike already, this sounds like it is a high likelihood this could be the problem.

Sounds almost like what a rock inside a wheel spoke rattling around would sound like. I even checked to make sure nothing had gotten in there.

I’ll get them ordered for both wheels along with a wheel bearing removal kit.

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If the wheel bearing is bad enough to make noise you should be able to wiggle the wheel side to side slightly when it's off the ground... mine was still not completely gone but I noticed it because I found a little wiggle in the rear wheel side to side .
Thanks, I’ll try that.

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If the wheel bearing is bad enough to make noise you should be able to wiggle the wheel side to side slightly when it's off the ground... mine was still not completely gone but I noticed it because I found a little wiggle in the rear wheel side to side .
That is it.

Didn’t even need to lift it off the ground.

Rear wheel wiggles side to side.

Front feels solid, but I am going to replace them both while I am doing it.
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Got them changed yesterday.
The bad bearing was rough. Completely shredded.

And I made the mistake of destroying it the rest of the way while trying to get it out, leaving the outer race stuck.

I don’t have a welder or a dremmel, which seems to be the two most common suggestions to get it removed.

I ended up getting a 3 jaw puller from autozone for $35 bucks.

To get it started I used two jaws taken off of the tool, they just barely grabbed under the lip. I cable tied them together through the bolt holes in the jaws and used a socket on the inside of the wheel to hammer on to push on the jaws. This worked to push it out a little bit (until the jaws couldn’t hold in place) and give it a bigger gap to grip.

Then used the tool with the 3 jaws and was able to pound it out the rest of the way from the backside, through the wheel.

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I have changed the rear wheel bearings twice in 42k mi.



The last time i was coming back from Croatia and i had to get a ferry in Savona, 500km away. Near Venetia the bike started to do shimmies and i get stuck in what i thought it was the middle of nowhere. I called the tow and after some search there was a Honda dealer 6km away. It was friday and they were closing in 15min, but they waited for me and repaired the bike with the last bearings they had in stock. We were on time to get the ferry.
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I have changed the rear wheel bearings twice in 42k mi.



The last time i was coming back from Croatia and i had to get a ferry in Savona, 500km away. Near Venetia the bike started to do shimmies and i get stuck in what i thought it was the middle of nowhere. I called the tow and after some search there was a Honda dealer 6km away. It was friday and they were closing in 15min, but they waited for me and repaired the bike with the last bearings they had in stock. We were on time to get the ferry.
That is a very memorable story!
You will never forget that trip, including the very special Friday after hours service from the dealer.

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