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Old 12-07-2009, 06:42 PM   #46
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klr650's sound pretty crappy when stock.
And not much better with aftermarket, that was my first bike, it had a super trapp. Meh. Then I got Der NassFahrter, a BMW twin. And I also have an FJR 1300.


One day I'll have a bike that sounds good.
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Old 12-07-2009, 06:42 PM   #47
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Am I the only one to think Honda V4s sounded lame?
so far, yes

toss in some cam gear whine and it's heavenly much better than any inline 4



still not as good as a desmo with dry clutch though
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Old 12-07-2009, 07:01 PM   #48
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KLR650 with stock pipes

Yamaha Route 66 with no muffler

Honda Rebel 250 with no muffler

Honda VFR with no muffler.

Any Harley ever made with any "muffler" (including my own, long since sold)

Anything with a shorty cut down stuntaz styled race pipe on an in-line four.
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Old 12-07-2009, 07:03 PM   #49
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The first video reminded me of a little bluegrass song...way back in time in Georgia:
http://videos.sapo.pt/acCP7aQjTG3chRMhnAV0
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Old 12-07-2009, 07:29 PM   #50
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Yeah, what is it with a stock KLR? It sounds like its got some sort anemia going on, poof-poof's interspersed with that squeaky sound. At least its not loud, like modified pipes on V-TWIN cruisers. I used to not like the sound of K75's, sounded like a mini-nuclear power plant, very sterile, but then after owning a few I liked the sound. Now I wear thick silcone ear-plugs so the KLR I now have doesn't grate on me - too much.
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Old 12-07-2009, 07:55 PM   #51
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Am I the only one to think Honda V4s sounded lame?
Hopefully.

The old 360 degree crank motors lacked rhythm, but the 180 degree motors are fantastic:




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Old 12-07-2009, 08:13 PM   #52
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The cruiser in the first vid sounds like this old boat, but with the idle set higher. (Embedding was disabled).
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:47 PM   #53
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Am I the only one to think Honda V4s sounded lame? I loved the early 80s Interceptors looks and performance..... but another example of "better seen than heard".
Well, sort of. I will agree with you that the very early VF750, Sabres and Magna v4's with the 180 degree crank sounded kind of weazy. The secopnd generation gear drive3 top end 360 degeree crank models sounded great, like a little baby V8.

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Old 12-07-2009, 09:03 PM   #54
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I don't like the way rotaries sound, and this Norton is no exception.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V2wZ2KMvtU
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:14 PM   #55
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Thats an easy one.

A Suzuki Savage 650 with any aftermarket exhaust on it.


My mother used to have one and one day my brother decided to surprise her and put on a slip on muffelr to that thing. God did it ever sound bad and since he had the dealer mess with the carb i never could get it set up right after with the stocker back on.
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:19 AM   #56
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Pretty much any unbaffled bike sounds like doo-doo. At anything other than WFO, they all have a horrible plopping sound. The PO of one of my bikes had punched out the baffles, it sounded like crap. Bike has been since fixed, with a proper baffled aftermarket exhaust system.
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Old 12-08-2009, 10:09 AM   #57
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"Any Japanese v-twin with aftermarket pipes!"

I disagree whole heartedly. My SV650 has a full Yosh setup (previous owner put on) and I think it sounds better than any stock bike.

I also love the sound of the old Interceptor 500 V4, though I'll admit for some reason the 500cc sounded better than the early 90s 750. Maybe the quality of a V4's sound is based on where you are positioned. Behind the bike, not so great; riding the bike, pretty great :)

As for opinions on the worst, that award goes to an '83 Honda CB250 with loose baffles (that thing sounded like a sewing machine with loose bowels!)
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Old 12-08-2009, 12:06 PM   #58
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Ugh...Kawi parallel twins. The 2nd most obnoxious bikes I've ever had the displeasure of being near has been 650's with the stock exhaust gutted. Castrated goat making motor boat sounds while getting punched in the gut.

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Old 12-08-2009, 12:25 PM   #59
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Ugh...Kawi parallel twins. The 2nd most obnoxious bikes I've ever had the displeasure of being near has been 650's with the stock exhaust gutted. Castrated goat making motor boat sounds while getting punched in the gut.






+1000

Versys, Ninja 650, Ninja 500, etc... all sound like ass through aftermarket exhaust systems. Sounds more like a twin running on one cylinder. Yuck.
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Old 12-08-2009, 12:44 PM   #60
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It is a general rule of motorcycling that one thinks other rider's loud bikes are obnoxious, but your loud bike sounds great.

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The BMW R1200 might sound like a sewing machine, but at least it isn't annoyingly loud!

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