How noisy is your GL 1100?


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How noisy is your GL 1100?

Postby aznyaz » Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:17 pm



I'm starting this thread because I have nothing to compare to. The only other bike I've ever owned was a CB 550 K back in the late 70's. I hadn't ridden for 30 years and got my GL1100 almost 2 years ago.

I ride as much as possible and commute almost every day. I want to hear from anyone with an opinion on this. How noisy are our bikes supposed to be?

With a new (relatively speaking) set of original mufflers installed, my bike quieted down nicely but I'm wondering how much noise the engine should be making. That along with wind and tire noise almost drown out the nice purr of the original mufflers at interstate speeds.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

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Re: How noisy is your GL 1100?

Postby Placerville » Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:25 pm

One of the main selling points of the GL over the years was its quiet ride and operation. Custom pipes can sound nice on a short trip to breakfast with your buddies but, if your into touring or just as a daily commuter, the GL is simply the quietest ride around.

Regarding your question, I'm not sure what your asking. When you say, "How noisy are our bikes supposed to be?", I'm confused. Do you want it louder? For quiet, original operation, your GL should be equipped with original exhausts. Nothing is as quiet as the original exhaust system. The engines on GL's are relatively quiet but, as with all M/C engines, the exhaust system is the source of the noise. Regarding tires, I've never considered the tires on any bike I've owned as noisy. Cars, yes. Bikes, no. After that, I'd say the next source of annoying noise isn't the bike but, the wind. Even though my helmet is a full-face, I wear ear plugs 100% of the time. I find that wearing them removes the 'din' of noise that we're exposed to (especially at highway speeds) and it makes the ride much more comfortable and less tiring over the long term. It's a fact that constant noise is physically draining. Mitigating it will make your ride more desirable.
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Re: How noisy is your GL 1100?

Postby aznyaz » Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:54 pm

I should get back in the habit of wearing my ear plugs. I definitely do not want it louder. I recently replaced the aftermarket pipes that were on the bike when I bought it with a good solid set of used OEM mufflers and it's made a great difference in sound levels.

It's the engine noise that I'm wondering about mostly. What is normal for GL engine noise? I get a kind of howling noise at certain RPM's. I have heard that the timing belt idler pulleys can be noisy with age. I'm curious about other possible engine sounds, if any, that might exist. All of the engine clatter quiets down when I put in the ear plugs just leaving the engine purr.

Any and all opinions are welcome.

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Re: How noisy is your GL 1100?

Postby Placerville » Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:27 pm

You'll have a chain 'rattle' at 1K rpm idle if your carbs aren't sync'd properly. That goes away immediately upon acceleration. Idler pulleys can be noisy when going bad. When were your belts last changed? Experts agree they should be changed every 5 years of 25K miles, whichever comes first. If you don't know for sure, change your belts. Loosing a belt on a GL is the worst case scenario for your engine. When you change your belts, you can inspect your pulleys. They should spin freely, smoothly and without noise. If not, they can be rebuilt or, they are still available from Honda.
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Re: How noisy is your GL 1100?

Postby aznyaz » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:40 pm

Carbs were re-built about 8 to 10K miles ago. Haven't noticed a sound like you describe. The belts were change before I got the bike with 13K on it. I've since riden 17K. Are you saying the idlers need replacement at 5 years or 25K? If that's the case, I should go ahead and change them because of the bike's age, even with low mileage. These were probably not changed before I got the bike. I know about the interference on the engine. Don't want any broken belts.

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Re: How noisy is your GL 1100?

Postby Placerville » Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:07 am

aznyaz wrote:Carbs were re-built about 8 to 10K miles ago. Haven't noticed a sound like you describe. The belts were change before I got the bike with 13K on it. I've since riden 17K. Are you saying the idlers need replacement at 5 years or 25K? If that's the case, I should go ahead and change them because of the bike's age, even with low mileage. These were probably not changed before I got the bike. I know about the interference on the engine. Don't want any broken belts.

No, the idlers get changed when they go bad, not when you change the belts. If they're not making any noise, they're OK.
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Re: How noisy is your GL 1100?

Postby aznyaz » Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:08 am

So, 5 years or 25K, whichever comes first? I have no way of knowing if he idlers have been replaced, and if not they're certainly well over 5 years old and have more than 25k miles on them, OR, are you talking about the belts? I'll see what condition the idlers are in when I do the belts.

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Re: How noisy is your GL 1100?

Postby Placerville » Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:41 am

The belts are changed every 5 years or 25K.
The idlers are only changed when they go bad.
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Re: How noisy is your GL 1100?

Postby aznyaz » Wed Apr 30, 2014 11:10 am

Thanks for the clarification.

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Re: How noisy is your GL 1100?

Postby aznyaz » Fri May 09, 2014 11:27 am

I'm still looking for other opinions on the sound levels our GL 1100's are, or are not supposed to make. Any and all opinions are welcome.
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Re: How noisy is your GL 1100?

Postby dingdong » Sun May 11, 2014 8:11 am

Goldwings have a tranny "whine" when accelerating through the gears. At level highway speeds there shouldn't be any whine. Just during acceleration. All the other sounds, like the wind and the tires singing are a beautiful noise to me. :D Anyway that's just part of riding a bike. ;)
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Re: How noisy is your GL 1100?

Postby aznyaz » Mon May 12, 2014 7:38 am

Thanks, just wanna know what everyone is experiencing so I have something to compare to.

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Re: How noisy is your GL 1100?

Postby Fred Camper » Mon May 12, 2014 8:36 pm

At highway speed even with Sportster muffs it is wind noise that dominates. Earplugs make Riding better.

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Re: How noisy is your GL 1100?

Postby aznyaz » Tue May 13, 2014 8:59 am

Yeah, wind noise at highway speeds tends to drown out the stock muffler purr. On top of that, the other cars and trucks just make it bad. I rode in to work today mostly on 2 lanes at no more than 50 and it was very comfortable. Still wondering though about engine noise. I want to know what "normal" racket is supposed to be in a GL 1100 engine. Not too many around to compare to. I need to find a vintage group around here.

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Re: How noisy is your GL 1100?

Postby patbrandon1 » Tue May 13, 2014 2:05 pm

I wish you well in finding someone in your area to compare to. I just had a hip replaced 4 weeks ago, or I would take a ride and record it so you could hear mine. Maybe youtube would have some bikes of your style that were videoed to get you an idea.

When I'm riding with friends, some of whom ride louder style bikes like Harleys, they say that mine sounds like a sewing machine. I like being able to start mine up for a midnight ride and not anger the neighbors.

But it can't hurt to look at the idlers and make sure they are up to the task, because if you lose one of those, chances are you ruin your engine. But maybe you could video a ride you take to post here (via a youtube link) and we could give you a better yeah or nay.

Keep us posted.

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Re: How noisy is your GL 1100?

Postby aznyaz » Tue May 13, 2014 2:55 pm

Good idea, I'll try doing a video post. Good luck with the new hip!

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Re: How noisy is your GL 1100?

Postby aznyaz » Tue May 13, 2014 4:07 pm

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




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