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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 19-Jun-2019, 06:47 AM (491) Thread Starter
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Front wheel bearing

Hi Guys,
I an quite new to BMW so i ask quite a lot of questions.

I have a 2018 GSA Rally te at a speed of between 50 and 60 i have sound like a worn front wheel bearing.
is this a normal BMW sound of should i be getting it checked?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 19-Jun-2019, 07:10 AM (507)
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Probably just tire noise. If you raise the front wheel off the ground and turn the wheel you would feel bad bearings.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 19-Jun-2019, 07:34 AM (523)
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Right.. especially when your GS is shod with the OE MICHELIN ANAKEE 3 rubbish tires you're bound to hear this kind of noise...
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I thought the same thing, my 18GSA Rallye gets very noisy from the front wheel around 60-70 km/hr but the volume varies considerably depending on the road surface so not wheel bearing related.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 21-Jun-2019, 06:16 PM (969)
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Every time I go on a long multi day ride I hear impending doom noises from the bike, then I forget them and they go away!
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 22-Jun-2019, 04:59 PM (916)
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I can second the motion for tires being the source. I changed from stock to E07s and noise is much better! And I love the tires, so far.

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I had the Anakee 3`s taken off at the 600 mile service at the dealers expense fortunately.
I now have Tourance next on and they are much better.
I will pop into the dealer tomorrow and let them have a look.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 29-Jun-2019, 12:29 AM (228)
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I find that simply turning the wheel while it is still on the bike does not give you a very good idea of the condition of the bearings. Far better in my view, is to remove the wheel and turn the inner part of the bearing with your finger. A good bearing should feel smooth in operation but one in poor condition will feel "lumpy" and rough as you turn it.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 29-Jun-2019, 03:48 AM (366)
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I agree with Chris. Pop the wheel off and feel it. They should be smooth and a bit difficult to turn because of the grease. The bearings should be inspected at every tire change.
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