Is it normal for drive system to sound different under a load?


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Jeff in Pa
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Is it normal for drive system to sound different under a load?

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When I am in a high gear going up a hill and the engine is working harder than normal I hear a louder than normal sound coming from the drive train. This is my first Wing and being an '86 I wonder if it's just normal for this?

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Sounds like you maybe doing what is called " lugging the engine". Going up a hill in the wrong gear. What happens when you downshift to another gear? These bikes are old school. 700 lbs of metal with 4 carbs and 1200cc. They are a road bike, where they shine, is going 70-80mph on flat open Interstate. And yes you can hear loader drivetrain noises.

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Re: Is it normal for drive system to sound different under a load?

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twocams wrote:Sounds like you maybe doing what is called " lugging the engine". Going up a hill in the wrong gear. What happens when you downshift to another gear? These bikes are old school. 700 lbs of metal with 4 carbs and 1200cc. They are a road bike, where they shine, is going 70-80mph on flat open Interstate. And yes you can hear loader drivetrain noises.

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Thanks twocams,

I was hoping that " lugging the engine" is all it is but like I said this is my first Wing. I think you are right on though. My last Honda was a Magna and they have loads of torque so I never really had that happen plus it was an '01

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Re: Is it normal for drive system to sound different under a load?

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The 1200s need to be operated in the mid to high rpm range, unless you are travelling on a flat stretch you will lug the engine and hear all sorts of weird sounds. My son-in-law gives me a hard time when I ride as I do ride in the wrong gear a lot. He is a proponent of keeping in the power band regardless of the gear. The 1800 is even worse for this as you can ride it around town in 3rd/4th all day long regardless of the road terrain - lots of torque. I was on an advanced riding course and this was one of the topics that came up - the instructors were adamant that we who ride larger bikes with lots of torque should quit riding in a gear not appropriate for the terrain or situation. Even though there is lots of torque the ability to have the bike react favourably to an unexpected situation may/will not be there. Long and the short is stay near or in the power band and the bike will be happier, and you will be safer as well.

Just a few thoughts.

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Re: Is it normal for drive system to sound different under a load?

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Rednaxs60 wrote:The 1200s need to be operated in the mid to high rpm range, unless you are travelling on a flat stretch you will lug the engine and hear all sorts of weird sounds. My son-in-law gives me a hard time when I ride as I do ride in the wrong gear a lot. He is a proponent of keeping in the power band regardless of the gear. The 1800 is even worse for this as you can ride it around town in 3rd/4th all day long regardless of the road terrain - lots of torque. I was on an advanced riding course and this was one of the topics that came up - the instructors were adamant that we who ride larger bikes with lots of torque should quit riding in a gear not appropriate for the terrain or situation. Even though there is lots of torque the ability to have the bike react favourably to an unexpected situation may/will not be there. Long and the short is stay near or in the power band and the bike will be happier, and you will be safer as well.

Just a few thoughts.

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