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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-05-2009, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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What is it with Kawasaki's

This my forth one. I had a ZR7, a KLR650, a ZRX1200, and now this one. Everyone had this peculiar oddity. When you grab some front brake, it makes a sound, almost like Cicadas. Never could quite figure that out. Anyone know why this is??
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Mine doesn't, at least not one I can hear with a FF helmet.

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Can't say I ever noticed it on my KLX 300, and on the Vulcan, I only noticed slight squeeling on low speed braking when the brakes are cold.

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Yamahas sound like a tin can full of mice.

Suzukis sound like a fat midget wearing cordaroy pants walking.

Hondas sound like sliding loose change across a marble tile.

I think every bike has its own pecular sounds, but I will say right off after owning several Kawasakis that I never heard a damn thing, so I am guessing somehow you are either nuts, have super human hearing, or just have really really weird luck.

Perhaps it is your bionic hand that chirps?



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I am not imagining this, I swear. You have to listen hard. I thought I might catch a ribbing with this post. It is not really a squeal. Just a slight barely noticeable sound. It's not annoying, it is just something I have noticed with Kawasaki's.
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Try a bit more gentle breakin next time, or try riding more often before the rust sets in, and don't pee on the rotors, too much acid and will etch rotors causing a mild squeek...lol...
If thats not it, I have no idea, all 3 of mine have been as quiet as a church mouse...

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I believe it's the cooling holes drilled in the rotor causing the noise, my bike has the sound.


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Mine squeaks sometimes, especially after it's rained and there is a little rust on the rotors. I also noticed the left rotor has few good grooves in it. The right one is ok, but I'm pretty sure it will be time to replace them by the time I do the front brakes which is gonna be a while.

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Trying to formulate in my head the sound of fat midgets walking in cordaroy pants

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the background was digitally blurred to make it look like I'm going really fast.
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Originally Posted by wvshaneb View Post
Trying to formulate in my head the sound of fat midgets walking in cordaroy pants
...and is that different from a fat normal lengthed person walking in them?

I know how to get rid of the sound: get V&H pipes and take the baffles out. That'll do it, guaranteed.
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