Road Noise


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ggrider
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Road Noise

Postby ggrider » Thu Nov 12, 2009 10:01 am



I am new to a Goldwing this year. My wing is new and I must admit I have not put many miles on it yet. One thing I noticed right away, and this may be just because the bike itself is relatively quiet, is that I notice a lot of road noise. The tires are the stock Dunlops, and my question is have others noticed a difference in road noise when they changed to other brands of tires.

If I wear earplugs the road noise becomes imperceptible. Anyways I would appreciate your thoughts. I really do enjoy this site.



ltcwm
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Re: Road Noise

Postby ltcwm » Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:02 am

Check your tire pressures.
I always go above the recommended pressures.
46+ front.
45 in rear.

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rob97989
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Re: Road Noise

Postby rob97989 » Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:34 am

ggrider -A number of folks have complaints about the Dunlops noise. I took of the factory Dunlops and replaced with Metzlers at 7,000 miles. I prefer the "stick" and rain handling of the Metzlers.
You will get a lot of opinions on tires. Good luck.
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ggrider
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Re: Road Noise

Postby ggrider » Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:32 am

Thanks for your thoughts and ideas I will keep those in mind. I ride lots without earplugs around town, and have done so on the hwy too. This bike is quieter than the ST1100. You would think an old guy like me should be happy he still has his hearing and leave it at that, but always looking for perfection. Anyways there are lots of miles to cover yet and things to try out. One thing I found so interesting though was that the radio sounds much clearer when wearing earplugs, and that is likely just because those low frequencies (road/tire noise) are muted with the earplugs in place. Thanks again.

troaf76
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Re: Road Noise

Postby troaf76 » Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:29 pm

Iv'e had my '08, with comfort, navi, abs since mid March '10. It was a brand new leftover model. I now have right at 5000 miles on it, and have just started noticing tire noise when executing turns on the highway. It has stock Dunlop D250's front and rear. I figure it's something I'll have to live with until these wear enough to replace them.

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gogs11uk
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Re: Road Noise

Postby gogs11uk » Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:31 am

I'm running Brigestones and you can hear a difference in the tyre noise from running down a straight road to the corners. Turning right is noisier that left or maybe I'm jsut a bit deafer in my left ear........

Don't know what tyres to try next. I used Avon Cobras on my 1500 last and even they started getting noisy, a bit more than the 1800 with the stones on.

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Re: Road Noise

Postby flash2002 » Sat Sep 25, 2010 5:54 am

I think it's normal for some tires, my valkyrie and new gold wing are noisy on leaning . When turning the treads on the side are not as worn as the center, so more tread more noise, plus leaning causes more friction.

snackpak
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Re: Road Noise

Postby snackpak » Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:03 pm

Put the foam inserts in the fork area and that will cut down on the road noise.

Bouvier1
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Re: Road Noise

Postby Bouvier1 » Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:51 am

About 5yrs ago I did test riding for Avon Cooper tyres on an 1800 wing (theirs I might add) due to people complaining about road noise. It was done over a 24hr period and for seven days with the bike only stopping to fuel up and to change tyres (for checking wear etc) four of us shared the riding. During the time I was on the bike I did not notice anything different in the road noise until the tyres warmed (if new) or I was travelling at less then 30mph. Also the noise changed over differing tarmac/concrete. As this was done on a dissused airfield, which had been coated in tarmac for general road testing, the change only appeared when leaving the test track. Daytime riding was done at various speeds between 20 and 50 mph and the night time was up to the rideer - generally 80+. The conclusion was that the tyre will make some noise (only normal as there is contact between two surfaces) but any excessive is generally to low tyre pressure or road type. On Avons the pressures are 36/41 and this seemed to be fine. I run my 2001 on Avons but have just purchased a 2007 which has standard tyres but again I don't hear to much road noise from either type.

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joshellison
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Re: Road Noise

Postby joshellison » Tue Oct 19, 2010 3:09 am

Interesting posts. I am due for some new tires this year and undecided on what I am going to throw on the GW. I guess there is time to research but my biggest concern is something that sticks well in the rain. I live in Hawaii and get a good bit of wet weather that does not stop the riding so I need good wheels.

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Re: Road Noise

Postby Bouvier1 » Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:09 am

I will be changing to Avon Cobras' once the life has run out of the 2007 tyres. I have found they stick well in the wet and dry but do kick out slightly if you catch a white line while cornering ( there is no bother over lines when travelling in a straight line). You may not have that trouble as in the UK it is generally narrow roads (in comparison) and a lot of winding roads - which are great for biking.

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Re: Road Noise

Postby detdrbuzzard » Thu Oct 21, 2010 6:49 am

i have dunlop e3 tires on both wings. the ones on the 1200 never get loud and the ones on the 1500, sometimes they make noise sometimes the tires are quiet as the ones on the 1200
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Re: Road Noise

Postby tfdeputydawg » Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:14 am

ltcwm wrote:Check your tire pressures.
I always go above the recommended pressures.
46+ front.
45 in rear.

Sorry to dispute you here but, pray tell where did you get "recommended pressures" that high :?:
IMHO opinion, your bike should feel like you're riding a hard tail chopper :!: and should wear the centers out pretty quick.
Again, IMHO, frt 41psi, rear 42psi

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Re: Road Noise

Postby gareva1 » Sun Oct 31, 2010 1:19 pm

I think those are probably his "above" rates, not actual posted rates...46+ in the front may be at the posted limit of the tire, can't remember...either way, I agree those pressures are a little too high for my tastes. Different strokes I guess...

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Re: Road Noise

Postby frostypop » Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:03 pm

i have an 06 GW with the dunlop d250 on it. i have noticed more tire noise when first starting out but once warmed up the noise goes down. on the 1500 i used to have, i had the dunlop e3 on it and never noticed the noise. i plan on putting the e3 or i am going to try the bridgestones out. my brother road behind me on his to loud of a hog and said he could hear my tires, but i never noticed it. the foam fork plugs sounds like a good try...

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Re: Road Noise

Postby spiritsong » Tue Nov 16, 2010 5:33 pm

I've found that it is the front mag that is making the noise on the highway in lane changes and swerves.I have a Yamaha 1300 Royal Star also with a front mag that does the same thing. I think it's the change in air flow across the mag openings that causes the vibe/noise .

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Re: Road Noise

Postby frostypop » Tue Nov 16, 2010 6:10 pm

i really think we just need the music louder so you don't notice :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Road Noise

Postby cdpjmp » Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:23 pm

ggrider wrote:I am new to a Goldwing this year. My wing is new and I must admit I have not put many miles on it yet. One thing I noticed right away, and this may be just because the bike itself is relatively quiet, is that I notice a lot of road noise. The tires are the stock Dunlops, and my question is have others noticed a difference in road noise when they changed to other brands of tires.

If I wear earplugs the road noise becomes imperceptible. Anyways I would appreciate your thoughts. I really do enjoy this site.

Always run recomended air pressure in the tires. They are sensitive and wear differently with too much or too little air. I have had several come in with too little ( as low as 5 psi in front and back not regester ) after haveing it serviced at the local dealer. Too much will reduce the handeling makeing it want to slip in curves or chater on interstate ramps. Too little will make it fell heavy and slogish, like one owner said handels like a Pig. There is a lot of tires out there that may start off quite but get loader with wear. Welcome to the life of Motorcycleing.

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Re: Road Noise

Postby snackpak » Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:50 pm

To cut down on the noise put the foam inserts around the forks and that will cut down on the noise.




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