2003 Harley Road King....Just had the rear tire replaced and now I hear a slight whining noise. Pulled off the interstate for fuel and almost every gear "Jumps" unless I really baby the throttle....
Hmm! This is a difficult one as I can't feel the tension of the belt nor hear the sound for myself. Any time you have anything done to your machine by anyone, ALWAYS CHECK BEHIND THEM. Mechanics are only human and as such, we make mistakes just like everyone else. There is nothing different in a Harley-Davidson mechanic than any other mechanic. And, since it's you riding the bike, you have a vested interest in making sure that your bike has been repaired correctly and is safe to ride. Always go behind the mechanics and check for loose bolts and things that are not done correctly within the scope of your knowledge of your machine. If you don't know anything about your bike, at least look for obvious things that were overlooked. It's for your own safety.
As for the noise. Check the alignment of the rear wheel in the swingarm. Make sure the inside edge of the final drive belt is not rubbing the edge of the tire. Check the tension of the drive belt. Most drive belts feet "too tight" to the average person in that they don't feel like they've got any slack at all when you check them. It should have something like a 1/2" deviation with a 10 pound force applied to the belt. Usually, a loose belt will "chirp" when you change gears. Sight along the top of belt looking toward the engine and see if it looks straight. Check the adjuster screws to see if they're the same length. Basically, look for obvious things wrong. If you're still in doubt, take it to a shop and have them look at it. On several occasions, I've seen people load their bikes too heavily and the bike sits down in the rear end. This caused the top of the final drive belt to rub the underside of the inner primary just below the starter and make a whining noise. All I did was to tighten up the shocks just a bit to stop the problem. You may not can see this as you must be sitting on the bike to check. Get a friend about your same size to sit on the bike or someone else to check it while you sit on the bike.
This is about all the advice that I can give you without actually putting my hands on the bike which I can't do. I wished I could have helped more. Always remember, it's your fanny riding that bike and if something isn't done correctly, it's your fanny that may get skinned up. You don't have to be a high-dollar mechanic to notice things that just don't look right on your bike but if you don't look, you won't see them. NEVER trust any mechanic to not make a mistake. I've been doing this for years and I still make mistakes from time to time but usually I catch them before the owner gets the machine back. See, I learned to check behind myself years ago.
May 03, 2011 |
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