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Jul 27th 2019, 10:37 PM   #1
  Sep 2018

Front wheel clicking sound - 2011 Triumph Street Triple R

On a road trip and motorcycle shops closed Sunday/Monday. 2011 Triumph Street Triple R.

I had new tires put on 600 miles ago and was told front brakes should have another couple thousand miles in them no problem. I ride hard and brake hard, but was told this by a reputable race shop.

Iím not sure when it started but I think within the last 100 miles, noticed a clicking sound repeated ever wheel rotation in about the same spot. As if a plastic piece is being flicked over and over as the wheel rolls. I notice it when rolling the bike manually, or up until about 20mph at which point it probably just becomes inaudible.

Quick Visual inspection, I canít see anything obvious. But Iím not mechanic. It seems to be riding and braking just fine.

I am wondering...

Anyone know what this is?
Is this likely a safety issue or relativity common?
After some googling it sounds like it could be a thin washer that cracked somewhere in the brake assembly? Maybe? Iím not clear

Any help appreciated as I have very limited sources right now and just need to be sure Iím safe and the front wheel isnít going to come undone...

Thank you!
Jul 28th 2019, 12:32 AM   #2
 holypiston's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Vancouver, WA

My guess would be wheel bearings gone bad. To be sure, you could prop the front end off the ground / take the front brake calipers off and spin it. You hear that sound, it's the wheel bearings. Don't ride it until you fix the problem. Maybe a badly warped rotor could do this too W / the calipers in place.
Jul 28th 2019, 07:13 AM   #3
 ZXtasy's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
CHeck all fasteners for more than hand tightness. Is this bike ABS equipped? Maybe the pick up ring is the source. Also looks at the rotor 'floater' button on each side, maybe one is stuck at a weird angle, just a tap with something soft like wood or a rubber mallet can free them up.

Other wise I would ride it a few miles and then feel for unusually hot parts. How many miles on it? Usually wheel bearings last a lot longer than that, but it is British. If you were down to metal on the pads you would notice scarring on the rotors, and you can check the remainder by looking down the line of the caliper. Good luck...where are you 'stranded' at?
Jul 28th 2019, 08:44 AM   #4
 unicykle's Avatar
  Sep 2017
  milwaukie oregon

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Plus one on the rotor floating pins had one go bad on my race bike and it would click if you hit the brakes while rolling it around by hand
Jul 28th 2019, 06:09 PM   #5
 MarvTravis's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Kawasaki ZX-14
I'd think that a failing wheel bearing would produce a grinding sound, rather than a click at the same point of the wheel rotation.

It may be that you have a brake rotor that isn't absolutely true, and it's tugging at a brake pad every wheel rotation point. Cleaning the rotors with soapy water and a Scotch-Brite pad may help if there is contamination on one of the rotors.

When you get home, you can clean all the rotor bobbins to assure they're free to let the rotors adjust position. Here's a good Delboy's Garage video that explains how to do that.

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Jul 28th 2019, 11:15 PM   #6
 MarvTravis's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Kawasaki ZX-14
Just watched this second video, and it may be applicable to your situation.
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