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GL1200 Whining noise at speed

My 1200 just recently started making a strange whining noise when riding at speed. If I slow down to like 10mph it stops and doesn't start up again when I speed up, but after a few minutes of riding it just starts all of a sudden. It's fairly loud and seems to be coming from somewhere in the motor. As I slow you can really hear it as the motor quiets down, but then it just stops as I get really slow. What could be causing this?


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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-22-2019, 12:56 AM
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Anymore info that would help identify the issue? What type of noise is it?
The first thing that comes to my mind is a dry speedo cable even though that is not typical symptoms.

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Lube the speedometer cable.

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Lube the speedometer cable.
And probably the speedometer shaft too.

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And probably the speedometer shaft too.
Yeah, maybe. Lubing the cable is a quick and easy job, so I thought I'd be optimistic.

Lubing the speedo requires mega disassembly to get the unit out.
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Thanks for the quick responses. I'll start with the speedo cable and see if that helps.
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+1 on lubing the cable. Had the same problem twice.

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Thanks for the quick responses. I'll start with the speedo cable and see if that helps.
Disconnect the speedo cable and take it for a ride with no speedo. That will narrow it down a little.
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I get quite a bit of whining at speed too, but its coming from the passenger seat.

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Also check the speedometer drive gear on the front wheel. If it's dry on grease it will make a whining sound. The noise may be transmitting up the cable. It's really hard to tell where the sound is actually coming from when riding.
Another remote possibility is the timing belts or belt tensioner.
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