Haven't ridden my 2008 mp3 500 for 1.5 years. It's been garaged on the center stand with the tilt lock off.
Testing things out today on the stationary bike and I found there is a groaning noise from the front end when leaning the bike in either direction - but only with the front brake engaged. When the front brake isn't engaged, no noise at all when leaning. The tilt lock appears to be functioning normally.
Front brake doesn't appear to be slipping... The noise seems to be coming from the area of the tilting mechanism (haven't disassembled anything to see if I can tell what is going on), but I don't understand what the application of the front brakes would have to do with it.
Anyone have any tips on where to start looking? Haven't taken it out for a test ride yet... Want to know what the cause of the noise is first. Thanks!