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Cordero2010-05-31 02:25:07 +0000 #1
2009 Kawasaki Ninja 250.

Just got it a week ago, 1400 miles. Just today on the way from home I heard a noise coming from the front wheel (I think). It;s a weird noise, almost like a chirp or a beep. It only happens over about 30km and goes faster as I pick up speed. Also it continues with the clutch in which is why I figure it has to be the wheel (it seems to be coming from the front).

I am know to be over paranoid over small noises that quite often only I can hear... or simply don't exist.

But I'm quite positive this one isn't just nothing... any ideas? Should I not be riding it to work tomorrow? I had planned on trying to take it to EMS after work tomorrow if they can fit me in...

Just wondering if this is another case of being a noob. Like a few days ago when I was wondering why my gas tank was whistling...
kelaog2010-05-31 02:34:07 +0000 #2
does it get worse with braking?

could be that the wheel was over tightened and the bearing is failing preamturely as well. If you just got it take it back to the dealership and inquire. They shouldn't be charging you for that.

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Originally Posted by Cordero

2009 Kawasaki Ninja 250.

Just got it a week ago, 1400 miles. Just today on the way from home I heard a noise coming from the front wheel (I think). It;s a weird noise, almost like a chirp or a beep. It only happens over about 30km and goes faster as I pick up speed. Also it continues with the clutch in which is why I figure it has to be the wheel (it seems to be coming from the front).

I am know to be over paranoid over small noises that quite often only I can hear... or simply don't exist.

But I'm quite positive this one isn't just nothing... any ideas? Should I not be riding it to work tomorrow? I had planned on trying to take it to EMS after work tomorrow if they can fit me in...

Just wondering if this is another case of being a noob. Like a few days ago when I was wondering why my gas tank was whistling...
KawiGirl2010-05-31 02:54:40 +0000 #3
Get the front end looked at by the dealership where you bought the bike. It should be covered under warranty. As for the noise coming from the gas tank - my Kawi does it too. Don't worry it's normal. That's the vacuum being released, so I've been told by another long-time Kawi owner, whose bike did it, too.
Cordero2010-05-31 02:56:42 +0000 #4
This is where I sigh sheepishly for buying from the states...

I guess I could take a weekend ride down there and see if they'll do anything for me... but I highly doubt it.

It doesn't seem to change with the brakes, that was the first thing I checked.

At first I thought it had disappeared while braking, but later on I could still hear it while braking. So either the sound of the brake fooled me the first time and the brakes don't make any difference OR the problem got worse as I rode, and the brakes do quiet the problem but the problem got bad enough to still be heard through the brakes...

As you can see I'm not much of a mechanic...
kelaog2010-05-31 03:36:24 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by Cordero

This is where I sigh sheepishly for buying from the states...

I guess I could take a weekend ride down there and see if they'll do anything for me... but I highly doubt it.

It doesn't seem to change with the brakes, that was the first thing I checked.

At first I thought it had disappeared while braking, but later on I could still hear it while braking. So either the sound of the brake fooled me the first time and the brakes don't make any difference OR the problem got worse as I rode, and the brakes do quiet the problem but the problem got bad enough to still be heard through the brakes...

As you can see I'm not much of a mechanic...

Sounds like a wheel bearing to me. I'm not much of a mechanic either. Has anyone seen blinker fluid on special lately?

But it could also be that your bike is equipped with 'squeeler' pads and they are vibrating enough to emit a frequency, the piston puts pressure on this pad and it stops. Your best bet would be to lift the front tire up on a stand and see if you can isolate where the noise is coming from by spinning the wheel and listening.
125cbr rider2010-05-31 03:59:46 +0000 #6
if you want. PM me, i have a triple tree stand which lifts the front end up and unloads the front suspension. (hope you have spools in the rear) we can lift it up. and try to pin point where its coming from.

i live in coquitlam too.
bandito2010-05-31 05:02:36 +0000 #7
I'm in Pitt Meadows... if you ride it over, I'd gladly have a look at it for

you.

PM for my cell # if that would help you out.
silverfox2010-05-31 04:35:07 +0000 #8
I owned an '08. it's your speedometer cable gear. It's a well known "problem'

within the Ninjette community. it's not going to explode or come apart. If you are mechanically inclined, remove the left hand nut that holds the wheel shaft and re-lub the gear assy and the lower portion of the cable.

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