Apparent alternator drive gear whine?


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Apparent alternator drive gear whine?

Postby Bshef » Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:50 pm



I have a 2006 GL1800 with about 12000 miles on it. There seems to be a loud whining noise coming from the alternator area. I have unplugged the wires to the alternator but that did not change the whine. I have read a couple of articles about the drive gears for the alternator making noise. Has anyone else out there experienced this same noise? Is there a better drive gear or damper available on the newer bikes that could be retrofit to an older bike? Thanks for any info, Bob Shefelbine



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Re: Apparent alternator drive gear whine?

Postby gareva1 » Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:59 am

The 06 would have the newest alternator style and gear assembly...no chance you have the extended warranty huh? As the noise gets worse (more like someone dropped a bag of rocks into the engine), the engine has to come out to replace the parts that will go bad eventually, but is usually covered under warranty...

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Re: Apparent alternator drive gear whine?

Postby gareva1 » Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:01 pm

Now just a whine may not necessarily end up with a blown alt drive...some bikes whine their entire lives, some don't, it seems to just be luck of the draw....most do it more in 4th than any other gear...I'd start to be concerned if the noise gets more abrasive sounding...

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Re: Apparent alternator drive gear whine?

Postby myYellowbird » Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:43 am

I have 2010 1400 miles on it has a loud whine thought it was coming out of the speakers. Seems to quiet down some after warming. After reading some post hoping this is normal. Also hear a transmission whine hoping this is normal, gas mileage seems be anywhere from 36 to 40 miles per gallon depending on how i ride.
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jerryd15
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Re: Apparent alternator drive gear whine?

Postby jerryd15 » Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:16 am

So thats what that is. Mine does it in the higher gears at slower speeds. (40). It has always done it and I hope it is not a problem. I have and 05 with 15k miles.

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Re: Apparent alternator drive gear whine?

Postby Bouvier1 » Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:51 pm

I only seem to get a whine when the wifes on the back. :lol: :lol:

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Re: Apparent alternator drive gear whine?

Postby GreenDragon » Wed Dec 01, 2010 3:56 pm

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Re: Apparent alternator drive gear whine?

Postby JerriEric » Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:04 pm

My '06 has developed the whine for the past 10k or so. I don't wear a helmet so it is very noticeable. I rented a Wing in FL that had a loud whine. It was really irritating. Bike runs perfect but I am wondering if it is the alternator. I am heading on 94,000 miles now. It's actually to the point where I hope Honda comes out with a Wing I like or go to HD so the loud pipes will drown out any extraneous noises. But that may not solve the issue. Never had the whine before. Thinking a new alternator may be in store. All suggestions will be appreciated.




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