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Well known Honda 919 whine...

Has anyone got tired of the whine their 919 makes and attempted to silence it or succeeded? I'm going to give a shot and start at the cct first...

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Lol no. It's a high pitched rubber belt sound (of course there are no rubber belts...) But a lot of 919's on you tube have it. It's easily heard in the back ground. Mine comes from the right side of the bike..

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I had a video of my 919 at idle but phone recorder picked up the whining sound so easily, I just deleted video..wish I had it now.

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Is this at idle? or when traveling in first gear? Lots of Honda's whine in 1st. Known commonality; no harm to tranny though.

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Is this at idle? or when traveling in first gear? Lots of Honda's whine in 1st. Known commonality; no harm to tranny though.
+1. Both the 919 I have and the Shadow 750 I owned had a "sewing machine" type whine at idle/slow engine speeds. No big deal, it seems to stick around even with aftermarket pipes.

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Ok I have a video with the sound, wish I could post it on here but I don't think it'll happen. Even if its mechanicaly safe...I want my 919 sounding like a hummingbird..lol with a pissed off hornet behind it..

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Is this at idle? or when traveling in first gear? Lots of Honda's whine in 1st. Known commonality; no harm to tranny though.
It's the loudest at idle, during drive it is hardly noticable..even at low speeds. Bike runs great and is beautiful but I'm determined to better it any way possible

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if its a "whine" its probably typical.... no way your going to get rid of it.

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I am still trying to get a solid answer about what causes this. I have heard everything from "injectors" to "fuel pump" to " "first gear whine" and "Because it has a turbo in it".

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It is just a combination of the engines componets that produce a relatively muted engine whine - you will not remove it. Personally i like the sound.

Fire up a Triumph Speed Triple - now that is a engine whine.

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If you are speaking of the "turbo" sounding whine at idle, you won't get rid of it. It is part of the engine design and I believe it is caused by gears (not tranny gears). Unless you are going to take the engine apart and totally f**k it up, it's not going to happen. Put down the wrenches and step away from the bike! Personaly I like it and think it sounds badass.

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If you're really worried about it, get a camera with a good mic and record it. post it on Vimeo, youtube, or wherever so we can hear it.

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I used to have an early 70s CB750 as a kid even that had a bit of whine at idle and it was never anything to worry about. Every YouTube video I have seen of a 919 at idle had the whine to some extent. Depending on where you have your idle adjusted you can almost tune the whine in to be more or less noticeable. At least thats been my experience. When I first got my 919 I was concerned about it as well but I suspect many other honda straight 4 street bikes have a bit of a whine. It also may not be very noticeable on bikes with full fairings.

I also love the whine. Just another sound to let you know you're on a 919.

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No bike can whine as bad as a Honda ST1300.

It's nuts, The whine can be heard from 15feet away, it's louder then the exhaust and motor.

You will never get rid of it, just tune it out and live with it.

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No bike can whine as bad as a Honda ST1300.

It's nuts, The whine can be heard from 15feet away, it's louder then the exhaust and motor.

You will never get rid of it, just tune it out and live with it.
I might as well try a few things.. Stubborn maybe?

At least its only at idle and what good is a bike only used during idle.. Boy that's a nice bike, ride it much? Nope, I just idle it.lol

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What kind of oil are you using?

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What kind of oil are you using?
I picked this 919 of Craig's list..Couldn't tell you..Recommendations? <----Not starting a new thread!

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If you're really worried about it, get a camera with a good mic and record it. post it on Vimeo, youtube, or wherever so we can hear it.
Not so worried..919 runs like a champ but i am definetly curious. Will post video

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sounds 100% normal to me!

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sounds 100% normal to me!
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Sounds like a 919.

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Same. Purrrfect.

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Well, ok then..had felt like it may be normal...

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Easy fix. Good ear plugs.
Another fix is put a full faring on the bike and cover up the noise like a sportbike.


If the noise from the 919 bothers you. Do not buy a RC51. It has the very loud gear driven cams.

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Full fairing on a 919 would be a sad thing..

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Yup sounds normal to me. I do have a question tho, how often do you vacuum your 919?

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If you think that's bad NEVER EVER own a SV1000 or a VFR750.

I sold both bikes because the "whine" of the gear driven camshafts drove me crazy.

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[QUOTE="undercover919"]Yup sounds normal to me. I do have a question tho, how often do you vacuum your 919?[/QUOTE

Not very often...lol

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If you think that's bad NEVER EVER own a SV1000 or a VFR750.

I sold both bikes because the "whine" of the gear driven camshafts drove me crazy.
Thanks for the heads up..and really its not as bad as on the video. With or without the whine the 919 is loved.

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Whine? What whine? I think the OP is just whining

Same goes for the rest of you lot that whine about whining bikes. Seems to be a pattern?

My 919 doesn't whine, discuss!

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Whine? What whine? I think the OP is just whining

Same goes for the rest of you lot that whine about whining bikes. Seems to be a pattern?

My 919 doesn't whine, discuss!
For some reason I just don't think you hear it. Maybe your just too zoned out in 9er love

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For some reason I just don't think you hear it. Maybe your just too zoned out in 9er love
You just don't think I hear it? Now that's funny!

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I get in that 919 love zone from time to time...

I did lower the idle some tonight and it helped significantly.

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What you are hearing is the whine of staight cut gears. Depending on what gear you are in including neutral the whine will vary. First gear is the loudest and either 3rd for 4th is the next loudest (not sure would have to go for a ride to be sure) I think there is an idler gear in play there?. Yes there is some at idle in neutral as you are still spinning the clutch drum, oil pump, and water pump. It is all normal...no worries

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What you are hearing is the whine of staight cut gears. Depending on what gear you are in including neutral the whine will vary. First gear is the loudest and either 3rd for 4th is the next loudest (not sure would have to go for a ride to be sure) I think there is an idler gear in play there?. Yes there is some at idle in neutral as you are still spinning the clutch drum, fuel pump, and water pump. It is all normal...no worries
Not to say your wrong but it its only noticable at idle on mine. All other gears its almost unheard. I did drop the idle tonight. Much better. Thanks for mentioning the straight cut gears! Thanks everyone for assuring me its normal as well.

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Not to say your wrong but it its only noticable at idle on mine. All other gears its almost unheard. I did drop the idle tonight. Much better. Thanks for mentioning the straight cut gears! Thanks everyone for assuring me its normal as well.
Not to beat a dead horse but maybe it is that because you are not on the bike and in motion with wind noise/helmet etc, that you can hear the whine more?

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PV saying "You just don't think I hear it? Now that's funny! " - Now that's really, really funny!

So anywho... I like the whine - it is a 919 trademark!



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Not to beat a dead horse but maybe it is that because you are not on the bike and in motion with wind noise/helmet etc, that you can hear the whine more?
Nope. I'm pretty sure its much quiter. I can see what your saying though but it is indeed almost absent in gear. The point made about these bike having straight cut gears is very good, I watched videos on YouTube recently about straight cut gears, and from the Triumph Datona to a Vw beetle and a Nissan skyline..these machines with straight cut gears make the same noise. I came across a paragraph saying theyre stronger and more reliable than ?helical? gears as well. Very interesting.

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Those of you who may check it out on YouTube..I typed in motorcycle straight cut gears..

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