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Hello everyone, new to Goldwings and this forum - Need help with concerns on extra noise heard while testing used Wing.Test drove 2003 Goldwing today, 44k miles, records relatively well kept, normal maintenance and 32k done, skipped 36k brake & clutch fluid change, last oil change at 41k. Discovered roaring noise (sounds like wheel bearing) when bike put into turns, the more you lean the stronger the noise. Newer front tire, not Dunlop, think it's a Metzler? Elite. Owner says noise is tire but with my automotive background, don't concur. Any Ideas?
 

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I've got Dunlop Elite IIs on my '81, and they(mostly the front) make a sort of "roar/growl" in a semi-hard turn/curve, at speed, depending on the road surface. I thought it was something else, too, until I got used to it. Sounds almost exactly like a wheel bearing, but a wheel bearing would also make the noise if you swerve it a bit going down the road, and mine doesn't. I just accept it as tire noise. You might want to check the air pressure(s), and make sure it is where it should be in the tires, just for kicks.:)
 

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well something i found out about e-3 tires is that they need to have maximum pressure in the tires during breakin. when i got my 1500 the po had put new e-3s on it but didn't ride much afterwards. i rode home without checking the tires, had 22 psi front and 23psi rear. once in a while i hear a howl from the tires ( 38psi front and 40psi rear ) and it comes and goes as it pleases. i had e-3s put on my 1200 back in spring 40psi front and rear. they have never made the noise that the e-3s on the 1500 have
 

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My E-3's once they wear (like almost to replacement time) roar in the twisties. I don't think it's bearings, I think it's the tires. Check them to see if they are worn really bad.
 
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