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Offline Alberta Bill

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Loud whine/howl
« on: October 19, 2013, 11:09:53 pm »
Just got a 2009 Connie last week. I'm loving it. One thing I noticed is that the bike is the loudest at about 75 or 80 mph. If I speed up or slow down it is quieter. I'm used to riding a cruiser (honda vtx) it may be just as loud but it's a low rumble rather than a whine or howl. Is this typical?  It is running great, but I'm curious bout the volume at this speed
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Re: Loud whine/howl
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2013, 08:03:19 am »
  Just to clarify, are you speaking of engine noise, wind noise or both? I'm guessing your speaking of engine noise with the shield all the way up. In which I normally only heard minor engine sound like the valve train running or such. All in all the engine's run pretty quiet. Myself, I pretty much only hear wind noise at that speed. Although I tend to have the windshield down unless its real cool or raining. And then todays motorcycles run pretty quiet, IMO. (in stock form)
 

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Re: Loud whine/howl
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2013, 10:13:24 am »
No noise on my 2010 at any speed, except the normal exhaust howl in upper rpm range when getting on the throttle. No wheel or drivetrain noise at any speed. At steady cruise, mine is almost like an electric motor, it is so smooth and quiet. Maybe a slight gear whine at certain rpm ranges, but nothing very pronounced anywhere.

Best keep an eye (ear) on it.
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Re: Loud whine/howl
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2013, 01:22:39 pm »
Hey Bill, What tires are on the bike? I noticed the Bridgestones were very loud. It almost sounded like a wheel bearing going bad. I just changed to a set of PR3's & all is quiet. I've had Dunlop Roadsmarts & Pirelli Angel st's on my old 09 C14 & no tire has been as loud as the Bridgestones that came on the 2012 I have now. Hope this helps.

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Re: Loud whine/howl
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2013, 01:42:48 pm »
I did this video for a guy a while back that had noise issues with his bike.  AFAIC, mine's normal.

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Re: Loud whine/howl
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2013, 05:15:55 pm »
Thanks for the video Dave. That is actually how my bike sounds. So...must be normal. I guess as a new owner I may by hyper sensitive to anything that may indicate a problem.
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Re: Loud whine/howl
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2013, 07:09:57 pm »
Prepare your system for the first 50° morning when you get the TPMS Battery Low warning that eats up the whole dash, and the magician's puff of white smoke in your face after startup that says "Surprise! You have a valve cover leak!"
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Re: Loud whine/howl
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2013, 07:25:13 pm »
Prepare your system for the first 50° morning when you get the TPMS Battery Low warning that eats up the whole dash, and the magician's puff of white smoke in your face after startup that says "Surprise! You have a valve cover leak!"

Sorry to hijack, but I recently did a trip and temps were on the 40's. On first startup of each day, plenty of white smoke, and smelled awful too. Is that definitely a valve cover leak? Never have seen evidence of leaking anywhere. And I get the TPMS thing too. Very annoying till I cancel it out. Sounds like I may have a trip to the dealer coming my way.

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Re: Loud whine/howl
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2013, 10:34:26 pm »
mine is the vc. some it is the can sensor o ring.
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Re: Loud whine/howl
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2013, 01:01:47 am »
mine is the vc. some it is the can sensor o ring.

Is it usually pretty obvious once the plastic is pulled off?

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Re: Loud whine/howl
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2013, 01:30:08 am »
The whine/howl are perfectly normal. I gotta say, having a garage just for your bikes is pretty sweet.
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Re: Loud whine/howl
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2013, 07:40:33 pm »
mine is the vc. some it is the can sensor o ring.

Is it usually pretty obvious once the plastic is pulled off?

I actually haven't pulled mine off to look yet, but it's obvious on mine that it's the vc. could be both on mine for all I know really. :o
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Re: Loud whine/howl
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2013, 03:33:55 am »
Rode about 500 miles today, from Calgary to Jasper, and on to Edmonton. The first morning hours were cold, sub freezing in some places. Bike ran great, with no indication of any problem except the rather shrill whine/howl between 120 and 140 kmph.  I think I'm going to have the valve covers checked out.
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Re: Loud whine/howl
« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2013, 11:44:56 am »
Hey Bill, Before you get too deep into this I would contact some local C14 riders and compare notes. I know members Gsun and Don Carruthers are in your neck of the woods, well sort of anyways. Send them a PM. I can vouch for both as being great people to know. TimR
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Re: Loud whine/howl
« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2013, 02:50:52 am »
A little more reading, a little more talking to Connie owners and I'm satisfied that the whistling sound is normal. Man I love this bike. In the past 7 years I put 180k km on a vtx 1300. I thought I'd be riding honda cruisers for the rest of my life. I still love that bike, but the Concours is in a different ballpark. On a cruiser you sit there, on this machine you are totally engaged. Thanks for all the comments. This is a great resource for information and camaraderie.
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Re: Loud whine/howl
« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2013, 09:40:55 am »
A little more reading, a little more talking to Connie owners and I'm satisfied that the whistling sound is normal. Man I love this bike. In the past 7 years I put 180k km on a vtx 1300. I thought I'd be riding honda cruisers for the rest of my life. I still love that bike, but the Concours is in a different ballpark. On a cruiser you sit there, on this machine you are totally engaged. Thanks for all the comments. This is a great resource for information and camaraderie.

With the all the normal running noises the VTX1300 had I'm surprised you were even able to notice any whistling on the Connie
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