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There's a noise bugging the crap out of me, but nobody else can hear it.

2002 FXSTD with 7500 miles.

After the bike is thoroughly warm and ridden a while, I can hear a whine in the left rear when slowing down to stop. It throbs like a whiney bicycle brake on a warped wheel. It is barely noticeable and only by me. It happens with clutch in or out and rear brake on or off. I can't tell if it is coming from the tranny/chain/belt/wheel or what. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.
 

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Originally posted by sned
There's a noise bugging the crap out of me, but nobody else can hear it.

2002 FXSTD with 7500 miles.

After the bike is thoroughly warm and ridden a while, I can hear a whine in the left rear when slowing down to stop. It throbs like a whiney bicycle brake on a warped wheel. It is barely noticeable and only by me. It happens with clutch in or out and rear brake on or off. I can't tell if it is coming from the tranny/chain/belt/wheel or what. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.
check the rear axle alignment - swing arm to axle both sides, check belt tension, and I'd look at the tread for cupping.
 

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Noise only an owner can hear..i have it too

I have an 05' Softail Standard with 8500 miles. I just picked up the same whine myself. I keep thinking that it is my brake rotor singing, but I can not pin point the source. It travels through the frame. My concern is that it is something that is detrimental to the engine/ primary chain. Has anyone else experienced this?
 

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I think I had this too...

On my 2006 Road King Classic...

I finally put it up on a jack, and noticed that the final drive belt was REALLY REALLY friggin tight!

I loosened the axle and adjusted the belt tensioner cams, and that pretty much solved the problem!

I was getting a noise/whine and a bit of an associated vibration that was felt in the handlebars mostly when heading in and out of "at speed" turns.

Hope this helps!
-JB
 

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The belt on my '02 Dyna also became loud when I tightened it to spec using the tension tool (especially riding 2-up on a hot day). The noise went away when I backed off the adjusters a little.

John
 
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