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I am looking at buying a 2008 stage 4 Goldwing. When we started it up in his garage, the engine made a high pitched whine(whistle). He said that this is normal for a Goldwing at idle. I had started another one prior to this one & don't remember the same noise. Any advise?
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Very likely it's an alternator whine. Some 1800's are more noticeable than others, mine's actually fairly quiet.
 

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hello slorunnernc, welcome to GWOF and good luck finding a goldwing
 

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That is the alternator whine for sure. I have an 08' and I can tell you that there is almost no way you can damage the GL1800 engine!
If you could go into the bikes CPU and harvest the data from mine, you would see most of my highway miles are in the 4000rpm range. Average commute speed is around 90-100:D

I ride it HARD a lot, probably too hard but it doesn't seem to mind the abuse and sounds/runs today, 10k miles later like it did the day I rode it off the showroom floor!

Matter of fact, I am on the forums a lot, here and elsewhere, and I do not recall a single thread where someone blew an engine. Well except for the guy who turned his wing into a GL1800 Turbo, that one did not last long from what I heard.

I would not be scared to buy any GL1800 that ran smooth, shifts thru the gears fine and looks taken care of.

Buy one and ride the crap out of it!
 

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Could be the alternator or could be the FI system (both can be loud) But it's not uncommon and unless you think it's excessive, I would not worry about it. If you are not comfortable with it, then walk away from the deal...
 

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if this is the first GL1800 you have looked at, might be a good idea to go see and hear a few of them.
You will get a good idea of what it is suppose to sound like.
If I had to describe it, I would compare the sound of a wing to the "Jetsons" family hover car as it speeds off.......LOL
 

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There is no such thing as a " used " 08. There are previously " owned " 08's. Have one myself and I still have the whistle that was sold with the bike. "Buzzy " is dead on with the Jetson's analogy.
 

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My '08 has the same noise you described, its noticeable the first few times you fire it up, then it just becomes part of the experience/bike. If you like it otherwise, buy it and get on down the road.
 

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Probably nothing to worry about. Is the bike still under factory warranty? If it is you can get a 4 year extended warranty fron Honda direct line for $499.00.
 

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if this is the first gl1800 you have looked at, might be a good idea to go see and hear a few of them.
You will get a good idea of what it is suppose to sound like.
If i had to describe it, i would compare the sound of a wing to the "jetsons" family hover car as it speeds off.......lol
perfect analogy!! Thanks :d
 

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Wine...er...Whine?

Drill a couple of holes in the back of the mufflers and that will cover it... ;)
 

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Probably nothing to worry about. Is the bike still under factory warranty? If it is you can get a 4 year extended warranty fron Honda direct line for $499.00.

$499? I just purchased an '08 and the warranty expires mid June. Previous owner gave me the letter from Honda for the extended warranty and it's $880 +tax for the 4yr. Where can I get it for $499?
 

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I have an 08 and have the whine, too. Try hanging out at your Honda dealer and listen to some of their showroom Wings. They all have something similar. Some are a little more pronounced but they all have it. At least the 06 and later models that I've heard at my dealer.
 

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Thanks for that. I will be doing that ASAP. Does anyone know what I would have to do to transfer the original factory warranty? It expires June 11 and I want to get this taken care of PDQ.
Done Deal. Went tho the local dealer and registered my name to the VIN. Came home and spent the $499 on the plan. Great deal IMHO. :)
 

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Sorry for the delay JER878, but I was about to tell you to see a dealer, it's painless. Glad you're sorted now.
 

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Mine expires by the end of March 2012. I know I want it continued, I just haven't told Mz. Vickie yet.
 

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Is there a Honda Dealer in Vegas? "What happens in Vegas..." kinda leaves you off the hook I'd say. Hmmm, aren't you out that way each spring?;)
 
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