Pre-trip questions: strange sounds
I'm getting ready to take another four day trip with my father and older brother. We'll probably be hitting up southern Missouri and northern Arkansas again. Some decent twisties in those foothills. The last trip was great - we did 2300 miles over three days, me on the 919 and him on a Goldwing.
I'd say the highlight of the last trip was losing my frogg toggs on highway 69 in Oklahoma - they weren't tied down properly and swung around between the frame and the rear wheel. Luckily, I saw the bag roll around in my mirror and grabbed a handful of clutch. Screeching lockup, lots of smoke, ruined rain gear, the works. It was fun.
Anyway, I have two questions before I stretch my 9er's legs again.
First, I'm hearing an odd swishing sound on my front end. I know a little brake drag is normal (that sssss-ing noise) but it seems to have gotten worse in the past couple weeks. It's especially noticeable when I'm actually braking. The pads are almost brand new as well...maybe a warped rotor? Or just dirty rotors? I also checked the chain being too tight, which has happened to me before. It was normal.
Second, and this is harder to explain, but when I'm braking I hear a soft clicking noise. Even stranger, I can feel the clicking in the clutch lever. It's pretty soft...not a banging, but more like a patting (that is proportional to the speed...it slows as the bike does). It's pretty rapid at any speed. Rotor buttons?
Anyway, ideas? I don't think it would affect it, but I've done the flapper mod and have an F-16 shield. No other mods.