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    Rattling noise from front of bike

    Hello everyone. I'm hoping someone can help me diagnose a strange noise from the front of my 2013 K1600GTL. It is a metallic "rattling" sound that is driving me crazy. It handles and brakes just fine, and a casual inspection has revealed no obvious damage. I've put it up on the centre stand and had a buddy spin the front wheel which turns fine with no obvious resistance. Pushing down on the handlebars when the bike is stopped SOMETIMES replicates the sound, but not always. It generally occurs while riding.

    Any ideas? I'd be greatful for any suggestions. I've ridden 1,000 miles to get to the rally in Salt Lake CIty and am planning to ride twice that distance to get home, so I want to make sure the bike is safe.

    (PS. I'm wondering if it could be front spring-related???)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcgregor.family View Post
    (PS. I'm wondering if it could be front spring-related???)
    I've seen posts about a squeak in the front suspension of the K1600.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    I've seen posts about a squeak in the front suspension of the K1600.
    Thanks. I'm a newbie on this forum. I tried searching for similar posts but couldn't find anything like you suggested :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcgregor.family View Post
    Thanks. I'm a newbie on this forum. I tried searching for similar posts but couldn't find anything like you suggested :-(
    The search function does not work well here.
    If nobody replies here with a solution, there's a K1600 forum that may be able to help.
    If you spot someone at the rally with a K1600, ask them if they are familiar with the noise.

    Have fun at the rally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    The search function does not work well here.
    If nobody replies here with a solution, there's a K1600 forum that may be able to help.
    If you spot someone at the rally with a K1600, ask them if they are familiar with the noise.

    Have fun at the rally.
    Thanks again, Lee. Funny you should suggest asking someone else ... I bumped into a pair of guys already (but no luck yet haha).

    Cheers!

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    Hey Mac, I have squeaks in front end of my 1600. Doesn't drive me crazy because I'm already there . Sounds like others have had the same. I am not a forum junkie so if this has been addressed b4, so sorry, , Maybe a update?? Thx

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    Mine noise sounds like the ferring underneath the motor in coming loose. It is driving me crazy!,

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    There is a known issue with a squeaking front end on some bikes. Solution is to spray some lubricant up around the front shock area. Check out the k1600 forum and search for a lot of details about it.

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    Ken?

    Did you get your shock replaced yet?

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