1988 goldwing noise!


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1988 goldwing noise!

Postby tyrevere » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:29 pm



Hi everyone, I need a little advice for a noise that I am hearing. I am hearing a wining noise between 55 and 65 MPH; it seams to be coming from the front of the bike. At first I thought the radio was getting interference so I shut it off. But I could still hear it. The wining will stop when I drop down to 35 MPH but then starts back up at 55 MPH. It doesn’t do it all the time but most of the time it does. Could it be the alternator bearings? At idle there is no noise and the bike runs smooth. Any help would be great. Thanks guys.



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Re: 1988 goldwing noise!

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:56 am

The alternator is on the left rear of the engine behind your leg.
A whine can be as simple as tire tread noise or as complex as a dry spedo cable,wheel bearings,timing belt ilders/and belts.
I'd guess that if you can't simulate the noise on the center stand at 2-3k rpm, you might look at the front wheel turning parts.unhook the spedo at the wheel and go again.Obviously of the noise is gone,fix the cable.Eliminate one thing at a time.

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Re: 1988 goldwing noise!

Postby tyrevere » Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:03 am

It only happens at 65 mph and above. I can't duplicate it on center stand or at high rpm. Only happens when in motion . It's seems to be coming from the front by the handle bar section because that's where it is the loudest. It sounds like a "buzzer" sound mostly .

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Re: 1988 goldwing noise!

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:42 am

This may sound odd,but look or feel the bottom side of the ball on the end of the clutch and brake lever.Mine had a 1/2"hole in there about a 1/2" deep.They would make the oddest noises above 55 mph,like blowing across a coke bottle.I filled them with silicone.

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Re: 1988 goldwing noise!

Postby tyrevere » Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:52 am

I'll check but that's exactly what it sounds like

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Re: 1988 goldwing noise!

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:07 pm

Here's something else to try: Get the bike up to speed so that you hear that whine, then pull the clutch in and let the engine drop to idle. See if the whine continues, or if it disappears.

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Re: 1988 goldwing noise!

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:22 pm

Thats kinda how I found mine...except it was gone before I got to squeeze the lever...My pinkie covered up the hole. :D

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Re: 1988 goldwing noise!

Postby tyrevere » Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:26 pm

The noise stays there with the clutch in. Until it drops down to about 45 mph.

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Re: 1988 goldwing noise!

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:17 am

tyrevere wrote:The noise stays there with the clutch in. Until it drops down to about 45 mph.


Is that after plugging the hole in the lever or before.?
Does the pitch of the noise change with the speed.?
What's happened...??????.....inquiring minds wanna know :)

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Re: 1988 goldwing noise!

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:36 am

If it's not virgil's suggestion of the lever hole, my next guess would be the speedometer cable and/or speedometer drive.

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Re: 1988 goldwing noise!

Postby tyrevere » Thu Oct 11, 2012 6:54 am

Well still looking for the problem.... Narrowed it down to either the speedometer cable or the dash itself. Will post more when I find the little gremlin.

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Re: 1988 goldwing noise!

Postby tyrevere » Thu Oct 11, 2012 6:55 am

Well still looking for the problem.... Narrowed it down to either the speedometer cable or the dash itself. Will post more when I find the little gremlin.

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Re: 1988 goldwing noise!

Postby rrruuunnn » Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:01 pm

If you have a Dunlop Elite 3 tire on the front that is probably where your noise is, mine does the same noise. If you lean to the side while running at speed does the noise change?

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Re: 1988 goldwing noise!

Postby tyrevere » Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:01 am

No the noise doesn't change.

The speedometer needle is bouncing back and forth when the noise happens. So I'm leaning more towards the speedo

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Re: 1988 goldwing noise!

Postby tyrevere » Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:54 am

This morning it was 27 degrees and the noise was doing it at all speeds. Quick question when does the cooling fans come on? While in motion or at a certain temp? Also it's a hard starting at times

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Re: 1988 goldwing noise!

Postby tyrevere » Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:29 am

Update. Found very very little coolant in the tank. Filled it up and the noise is gone. Now to find out why the bike won't start at times even with new battery, start mod, and tight connections.

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Re: 1988 goldwing noise!

Postby tyrevere » Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:02 am

Ahhh damn noise is back!

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Re: 1988 goldwing noise!

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:49 am

tyrevere wrote:Ahhh damn noise is back!


Disconnect the speedometer cable from the drive at the wheel - remove the left wheel cover, remove the screw, and pull the cable free:

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Tie the cable off to the cover bracket using a couple nylon wire ties, then go ride the bike and see if the noise disappears. If the noise is gone, you know it's either the speedometer cable or the speedometer. If the noise is still there, you can rule out the cable and speedometer as the source of the noise.

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Re: 1988 goldwing noise!

Postby tyrevere » Fri Oct 26, 2012 4:33 pm

Will try this and update very soon

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Re: 1988 goldwing noise!

Postby tyrevere » Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:44 pm

Thanks wing admin! I disconnected it and the noise is gone! Need a new cable or speedometer ... Gonna replace both . Thanks again!




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