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Title: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Jeremy Z on February 18, 2009, 11:32:29 pm
For me, this one was tough, between Option 1, 2, and 6.

I went with Option 1 in the end though. That old Suzuki GS850 was a dog of a bike for me, but the engine sound was just beaitiful. It was much more throaty than today's fours. I could hear the intake growl, and it was just sweet.

The sound of a big sport twin, like a piped SV1000 or Ducati is great too.

Some Honda Valkyries with louder pipes were real head-turners for me as well.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: MuddDawg on February 18, 2009, 11:51:25 pm
I voted V-4 because my 5th Gen VFR with the Gear Driven Cams and Staintunes is pure music to my ears.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: jsanford on February 19, 2009, 12:44:11 am
There's no desmo-valve V-twin option, so I can't vote.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: atypical1 on February 19, 2009, 01:42:01 am
V-four. But not the VFR. I'm talking Desmosedici.  :inlove:

james


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: kevin_stevens on February 19, 2009, 02:05:45 am
Triumph 675

KeS


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Magnarider on February 19, 2009, 03:00:20 am

V-four. But not the VFR. I'm talking Desmosedici.  :inlove:

james


+1!


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Orson on February 19, 2009, 07:35:14 am
I'm torn between by big Guzzi lump and my Thruxton  :(

as much as I hate to admit it, the Thruxton with Triumph accessory peashooters sounds a bit more melodious while the Guzzi is more mechanical.

both are gorgeous, but the Triumph might have an edge for being more musical sounding...old school

wait...let me think about this some more.  :D


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Bjorn Toulouse on February 19, 2009, 08:54:54 am
Because the bestest motorcycles have an odd number of cylinders...............

































...everything else sounds, well, mundane.  :p

You should have allowed 2 picks from the list.


Rex


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Bad Dad on February 19, 2009, 09:05:25 am
I voted for the boxer six, the Valky with the six pipes and no baffles just has this certain awesome sound around 4500 rpm and up  :inlove:   The RC 51 has a sound all it's own too  


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Jeremy Z on February 19, 2009, 03:28:30 pm

There's no desmo-valve V-twin option, so I can't vote.


That would be under the big sport twin option. The poll results would mean nothing if we start putting specific engines in.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: CoolWhip on February 19, 2009, 05:03:41 pm

Some Honda Valkyries with louder pipes were real head-turners for me as well.


Ahhh yes, now this is the way to do up the big Valk (gone street fighter):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqgrBnrm4Ak

That said…too dam hard to vote on just one,  so I voted “other“ as in diversity is best. :lol:  I dig twins, triples, screaming inline 4s, V-4s, opposed 6 packs…and let’s not forget those beautiful exotic Italian V-8s etc.   Ah yes, like the MG V-8 a blast from the past:  :inlove:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O_7zwGFGwI


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Canuck on February 19, 2009, 08:15:08 pm
I think the voters so far must be too young to remember the sound of a British vertical twin like a Triumph or Norton. Motorcycling's greatest symphony.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: DrMikey on February 19, 2009, 08:25:28 pm
Nothing sounds better than a Ducati with an aftermarket exhaust.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Galo on February 19, 2009, 08:34:24 pm

I think the voters so far must be too young to remember the sound of a British vertical twin like a Triumph or Norton. Motorcycling's greatest symphony.


Not moi...I remember   :(
But, my Sprint ST with the TOR sounds even more glorious.... :inlove:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: mxvet57 on February 19, 2009, 08:43:33 pm
i had to vote other b/c there was no box for 2 strokes.

nothing never sounded better than Steve Lamson's 82 CR125 2stroke at the red bud national just holding it wide open and shifting through the gears.
that was one sweet sound. :inlove:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: forester on February 19, 2009, 10:01:16 pm
I'm glad to see at this time, the numbers have it right: There is nothing that tops the V-4 when "volume" is the value.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: R Doug on February 19, 2009, 10:12:00 pm
I very much like the sound of a V4, but sporty twins have a deeper more sinister sound.   :inlove:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Rustydust on February 19, 2009, 10:33:27 pm
Oh man, this one is SO easy! A RC166 Honda 250cc six (with Mike Hailwood aboard, natch) winding through the gears is the most glorious sound of any mechanical thing EVER!


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: keppyou812 on February 20, 2009, 12:00:45 am
Well, having been around bikes since the 70's, and working on race cars of all venues, and an aircraft mechanic. I have to say, there is one bike that gets my heart pumping, and the drool flowing!
 The new Aprilia RSV4.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzse-bvS55Q&feature=related

Nothing on the street, and very few on the track, get me like this does.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Orson on February 20, 2009, 07:52:24 am

 The new Aprilia RSV4.  


ok...that was pretty nice  :)

but it's a little too complex sounding for my tastes.

for me, the parallel twin offers a purer, unadultered sound of internal combustion music.

I sound like a poofter wine connossieur  :D


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Global Rider on February 20, 2009, 11:04:14 pm

Oh man, this one is SO easy! A RC166 Honda 250cc six (with Mike Hailwood aboard, natch) winding through the gears is the most glorious sound of any mechanical thing EVER!


Well we have at least one person that got it right.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Yakima9 on February 20, 2009, 11:51:18 pm

I voted V-4 because my 5th Gen VFR with the Gear Driven Cams and Staintunes is pure music to my ears.


For sure...V-4 gets my vote!


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Blunder on February 21, 2009, 12:01:06 am



Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Orson on February 21, 2009, 07:58:01 am
http://www.vintagebike.co.uk/Sounds.htm (http://www.vintagebike.co.uk/Sounds.htm)

motorcycle sound wavs

while the Honda 6 is nice in a technological marvel sort of way, it's just too high strung for a purist and comes across as a shriek.

get a load of the 3 cylinder MV Agusta  :drool:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Global Rider on February 21, 2009, 12:04:23 pm
http://www.vintagebike.co.uk/Sounds.htm (http://www.vintagebike.co.uk/Sounds.htm)

motorcycle sound wavs


:thumbsup: Finally, a use for an iPod.  ;)

Actually, my 1975 Honda CB 400F Super Sport with the Yoshima hand bent open pipe at 9500 RPM, sounds best.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Jeremy Z on February 21, 2009, 01:52:24 pm
Great link Orson. I can see what some of the old folks are talking about. The Norton Commando from that site sounds AWESOME.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Orson on February 21, 2009, 02:33:14 pm
yup...them parallel twins are sweet.

my Thruxton isn't quite as deep as the Norton Commando, but you get the idea  :D

you look for any excuse to romp on it  :)


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Jeremy Z on February 21, 2009, 02:50:10 pm
Here's a good one of a CBX: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39JM42N7_cc&feature=related

Here's a good one of a Valkyrie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hewbEGe-p8

Can't seem to find a good one of an air-cooled four that has decent audio. Bunch of shitty vids of parked bikes being revved instead of during the ride.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Busy Little Whiner on February 21, 2009, 03:29:47 pm
There's a reason the V4 wins sound awards... no engine sound is as pleasing on the ear drum as the
distinctive syncopated beat of a race bred V4... it's like an agitated growl... a wonderful angry exhaust
note... when ever I hear Mr.RC45 glorious growl I feel aggressive enough to take on the 1000cc Motors of
Death...



Ducati Desmosedici V4...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDUsbtx8-QY&feature=related#

Mr.RC45...
http://s59.photobucket.com/albums/g298/sgvridgerunner/?action=view¤t=DSCN6568.flv


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: 85V65 on February 21, 2009, 03:57:10 pm



For sure...V-4 gets my vote!


Mine also..... :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: mjrfd99 on February 21, 2009, 04:16:20 pm
Kawasaki 3 cyl 2-stroke at full wail w/loud chambers. Still gives me douch chills


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Orson on February 21, 2009, 06:29:34 pm

There's a reason the V4 wins sound awards... no engine sound is as pleasing on the ear drum as the
distinctive syncopated beat of a race bred V4...


negative.

purists frown on overly-complicated, expensive noise.

gasoline molecules willingly sacrifice themselves on the altar of internal combustion just to be a part of that glorious twin sound.

 :cool:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: kevin_stevens on February 21, 2009, 06:38:41 pm

 Still gives me douch chills


I don't even want to know what you mean by that.   :flush:

KeS


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Busy Little Whiner on February 21, 2009, 08:03:49 pm



negative.

purists frown on overly-complicated, expensive noise.

gasoline molecules willingly sacrifice themselves on the altar of internal combustion just to be a part of that glorious twin sound.

 :cool:


If V2s are glorious then doubling them up must sound even more glorious... after all a V4 is just a couple
melodious sounding V2s singing in concert... so sing along Orson... "oh the hills are alive with V4 moozic"


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Jeremy Z on February 21, 2009, 09:39:48 pm
...and by that rationale, a six is even better.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Busy Little Whiner on February 22, 2009, 12:57:42 am

...and by that rationale, a six is even better.


I don't know about a V6 but Honda's V4 and their V5 sounded about the same...

Rossi testing the RC211V V5 Honda at Phillip Island...
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xwh1s_moto-valentino-rossi-testing-rc211v_auto


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Jeremy Z on February 22, 2009, 11:17:09 am
V4s are nothing special, sound-wise.

I agree that there's a lot to be said for them as far as power delivery, but sound? That link directly above here sounded like a two-stroke. Again, nothing special.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Orson on February 22, 2009, 05:43:31 pm



If V2s are glorious then doubling them up must sound even more glorious... after all a V4 is just a couple
melodious sounding V2s singing in concert... so sing along Orson... "oh the hills are alive with V4 moozic"

unfortunately, and to Soichiro's great sorrow, the formula works exactly opposite to the way you'd think.  :(

adding cylinders only dilutes the dulcimer twin music.  :cool:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: R Doug on February 22, 2009, 05:48:27 pm
I just posted this up under Mods 'n Maintenance, but it's appropriate here too (to persuade votes for big sporty twins, of course).   :D



Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: burnergold2B on February 23, 2009, 03:40:10 pm
Other; Desmo L-Twin attached to a pair of Arrows @ about 7500rpm+


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Dr Gil on February 23, 2009, 03:50:28 pm
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Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: jfurf on February 23, 2009, 04:23:53 pm
What about 45 deg v-twins?

Doesn't Harley have some kind of fancy acoustic chamber thing where their engineers spend all their time trying to get the right sound out the pipes? Are you saying that was all a waste of vital R&D money that could have been better spent developing the technology to bring the bikes into the 1950s?   :twofinger:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Jeremy Z on February 23, 2009, 08:45:31 pm

Other; Desmo L-Twin attached to a pair of Arrows @ about 7500rpm+


Again, this would fit under "Big sport twin."

Ducati fans apparently cannot read, or do not realize that Ducati V-twins are big sport twins.  :rolleyes:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Busy Little Whiner on February 24, 2009, 02:12:31 am


unfortunately, and to Soichiro's great sorrow, the formula works exactly opposite to the way you'd think.  :(

adding cylinders only dilutes the dulcimer twin music.  :cool:


Soichiro didn't waste time on sorrow... he was too busy building a better Guzzi...

(http://www.albatrosmt.narod.ru/temi/oboi/Honda/Honda-CX650-Turbo-1983.jpg)


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Orson on February 24, 2009, 08:00:12 am


Soichiro didn't waste time on sorrow... he was too busy building a better Guzzi...


3 out of 4 Guzzi pilots date Brazilian supermodels.  :cool:

Honda riders are lacking in that department.

That fact has always eluded Honda...that you can't engineer sex appeal with a slide ruler  :D


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: R Doug on February 24, 2009, 09:12:39 am


3 out of 4 Guzzi pilots date Brazilian supermodels.  :cool:




Do you fall under the 3 of 4 or 1 of 4 category?    :D


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: wolf46 on February 24, 2009, 09:25:09 am

What about 45 deg v-twins?

Doesn't Harley have some kind of fancy acoustic chamber thing where their engineers spend all their time trying to get the right sound out the pipes? Are you saying that was all a waste of vital R&D money that could have been better spent developing the technology to bring the bikes into the 1950s?   :twofinger:


Hd's is because of the timing, it's purposely kind of off. I remember years ago they tried to sue Honda for copying thier "sound" on the Shadow's.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Orson on February 24, 2009, 09:37:23 am



Do you fall under the 3 of 4 or 1 of 4 category?    :D

I'm 1 of 4  :o

that doesn't disprove my contention though  :D


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Busy Little Whiner on February 24, 2009, 02:22:52 pm


3 out of 4 Guzzi pilots date Brazilian supermodels.  :cool:

Honda riders are lacking in that department.

That fact has always eluded Honda...that you can't engineer sex appeal with a slide ruler  :D


You think of Guzzi pilots... you think of guys sitting quietly at a table blowing on their soup... you think of
Honda pilots you think of guys like Hailwood and Redman or Spencer and Doohan...


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Orson on February 24, 2009, 05:53:35 pm
Negative.

Guzzi pilots drove the team truck, spooned tires, changed gear ratios and still had time to cook home made soup for the team.  :hail:

meanwhile Honda teamsters threw a hissy fit if the champagne wasn't chilled  :rolleyes:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Jeremy Z on February 24, 2009, 09:31:35 pm
Good God. Give it a break Orson.  :crazy:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Playinthestreet on February 24, 2009, 10:36:20 pm
Orson, what about the Guzzi V-8?  

Start at about 2 min.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBdaBMmk6w8


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Motogeezer on February 24, 2009, 10:58:46 pm
In 50 ++ years of riding, the song of my 1969 BSA Rocket III in-line triple was the sweetest of all.

Here we are, 40 years ago: http://www.dansher.com/images/mywheels/mybeezerR3.jpg

'Geezer


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: JamieK on February 24, 2009, 11:42:02 pm
Although the VFR sounds amazing...especially the gear drive cam Viffers (of which I have had one)...I had to go with the air cooled inline 4 as it was the wail of the old Zuki GSs and the Kawi Z-1s that drew me into motorcyling back in the 70s...and it's what keeps me smiling on my B12  :D


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Jeremy Z on February 25, 2009, 08:24:47 pm
Great first post JamieK!

Welcome to STn!  :bigok:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: JamieK on February 25, 2009, 11:24:12 pm
Thanks Jeremy!!


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: sammyseaman on February 26, 2009, 03:33:14 pm

Great first post JamieK!

Welcome to STn!  :bigok:

Thanks Jeremy!!


How did this thread get so ghey?????  :crazy:

Oh and anything besides an I4. Just sayin'


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: bubba zanetti on February 28, 2009, 09:46:13 am
MV ... with Ago on board ... from 2005 no less .....  :inlove:




Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Bjorn Toulouse on February 28, 2009, 12:21:43 pm


In 50 ++ years of riding, the song of my 1969 BSA Rocket III in-line triple was the sweetest of all.

Here we are, 40 years ago: http://www.dansher.com/images/mywheels/mybeezerR3.jpg

'Geezer



A most excellent Beezer, Geezer!! Izzat a Wixom fairing?


Rex


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Desmo Duc on March 01, 2009, 09:10:20 am
Had to vote Big Bore Sporting Twin, but it needs something other than stock exhaust!! :inlove: :inlove:

I will say, a V4 is probably the next best thing!!


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: artyboy on March 01, 2009, 09:58:41 pm
I like inline fours.  When you're just putting around you can barely hear them but when you want to open them up they just scream.  


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: falconati on March 04, 2009, 05:12:23 pm
had to vote for the big sporty twin.  Maybe that's because what I'm currently riding, but god damn it sounds great.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: hig4s on March 04, 2009, 06:14:13 pm
Too generic with some of those choices. With 70s/80s inline air cooled, big twins, and even modern inline water cooled, there are tons of different sounds..

Personally the best sounding bike ever was the late 70s Yamaha XS1100..


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Hotbrakes on March 04, 2009, 06:19:42 pm
I voted sporting twin, but after hearing a day old Desmo at a trackday last year, I was trembling in my boots.  Just idling through the pits it sounded as if it was going to eat anything in front of it.  Anything sounds better than an I-4, except the new R1.  Can't wait to hear one with pipes.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Coho911 on March 05, 2009, 01:12:03 pm
The only bike engine sounds that REALLY make my heart thump faster (no really, can make my heartrate go up !) are the V-Twins **NOT HARLEY'S) I am talking Suzuki V-Twins, Ducatti ( I hate the snobbish feeling of alot of Pseudo Ducatti 'Riders' -the poseurs-) and the Moto Guzzi's.  

Here's my additions :

1. Affordable :
Suzuki 650cc ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4fvqPfayHM
Suzuki 650cc ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylGzw6VHFfE

2. Beautiful:
1098cc ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blaJ56_IrOg&hl
998 cc...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etvr2avev4k&hl

3.  Reasons to tell her 'No, I have to get to the track' - for this experience...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzyoLb6F4-U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSHToyGIxWE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nA6zoK5luE



Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Busy Little Whiner on March 05, 2009, 02:51:52 pm



2. Beautiful:
1098cc ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blaJ56_IrOg&hl
998 cc...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etvr2avev4k&hl




Beautiful but it makes me think of something big and slow... like the fist of Muhammad Ali whereas the V4
sounds small and quick like the fist of Bruce Lee...


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Orson on March 06, 2009, 08:05:27 am



Beautiful but it makes me think of something big and slow... like the fist of Muhammad Ali whereas the V4
sounds small and quick like the fist of Bruce Lee...

mercy...I think he gets it.   :bigok:

we all know that Ali would wait for Lee to finish all his yellin' and posin' before popping him with a right jab  :D

game over.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: maddjack on March 06, 2009, 08:09:52 am
The best sounding engine to my ears? The one under me running ,on a nice long ride


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: jdaniels on March 11, 2009, 11:27:31 am
I've owned many bikes.I had an '86 vmax and still think it had the best sound.For car engines I think the flathead ford v8's were the best sounding.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: hig4s on March 11, 2009, 06:55:31 pm

I've owned many bikes.I had an '86 vmax and still think it had the best sound.For car engines I think the flathead ford v8's were the best sounding.


Yamaha V4s all sound pretty sweet!!! Honda V4s not bad either...


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: steve.ski on March 11, 2009, 07:18:11 pm
I loves my V4, but for me when it comes to a purely melodious exhaust note, it's a choice of three:

Late 80s & early 90s vintage Suzuki RG500 square four 2 strokes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pexdIc_wrKc&feature=related

Honda NR 750:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNFmCnlXhPk&feature=related

Kenny Roberts' TZ Dirt Tracker:

http://www.superbikeplanet.com/dontpaymeenuff.htm


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: schoon on March 11, 2009, 08:09:16 pm
Inline 4, except stipulation is 600 vs. 1000. 600's at higher rev's have a F-1ish song :inlove:, where the 1000 just doesn't have that sound.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: fcnorton on March 18, 2009, 05:11:23 pm

V-four. But not the VFR. I'm talking Desmosedici.  :inlove:

james


+1 on that!


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: rockstar on March 20, 2009, 04:11:34 pm
When it comes to sound I have to say 250cc 2stroke  =  reminds me of my youth


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: rgbeard on March 22, 2009, 01:08:56 am
I like the sound of the Trophy (liquid-cooled inline 4), but I heard my GL-1200 without pipes one time, and DAMN that was nice.  You don't have a category for Boxer-4.

Overall - I like radial engines.  


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: duceduceexplorer on March 22, 2009, 12:25:39 pm
rc51 with a full sato exhust....i don't think i can ride anything but a big twin anymore


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: R Doug on March 22, 2009, 10:31:48 pm
Well, I finally heard a V4 VFR today with a sweet sato exhaust system on it today.  I won't change my vote from sporty twin, but I can certainly see where the V4 votes are coming from.  

And just to let you know I'm not biased w/ the sporty twin vote just because that's what I ride...  I'm now a proud owner of a V4 VFR.  Unfortunately, it does not have a sweet aftermarket exhaust on it.... YET.   :bigok:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: MilleArp on March 24, 2009, 12:33:56 pm
2003 Aprilia RSV-R.  Full Akro Ti dualies.

Nuff sed.

 :cool:

.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Paul Barnard on March 31, 2009, 03:39:15 pm
Big Ducati V-Twin with open pipes and a dry clutch.

A V-max with performance pipes is sweet in its own right.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Blunder on March 31, 2009, 03:45:41 pm


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: arktazz on March 31, 2009, 05:13:22 pm
I voted other because there was no all of the above  :headscratch:. Any motorcycle engine sound is music to my ears


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Kramer on March 31, 2009, 05:50:49 pm
duh...


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: burnergold2B on March 31, 2009, 05:56:13 pm
 Ducati 900 with Feracci pipes, RC51 with Sato pipes?

Elefant 900 with Ducati pipes.

Any Harley with open pipes in the burnout pit.  :sleepy:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: duceduceexplorer on March 31, 2009, 10:13:45 pm

 Ducati 900 with Feracci pipes, RC51 with Sato pipes?

Elefant 900 with Ducati pipes.

Any Harley with open pipes in the burnout pit.  :sleepy:
was that a ? for me or were u deciding between the two?


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Commando850 on April 03, 2009, 05:00:04 pm
My 1974 Norton Commando 850... :inlove:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Westy on May 01, 2009, 03:26:33 pm
the one running properly.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Thunderbox on May 05, 2009, 10:05:57 am
Moto Guzzi V8.  No doubt about it.  http://www.tremek.com/forum/bike-videos/12155-moto-guzzi-v8-pics-sound.html or try this one  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBdaBMmk6w8


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: chornbe on May 05, 2009, 03:10:34 pm
I gotta say... my old ZG1000 Connie sounded f'ing awesome wrung out in 2nd and 3rd gear in the mountains. That's about the only thing I miss from that bike; sounded great.

I think my Harleys sound like crap.

The FZ6 sounds OK wound out.

The Duc 1000 sounds nice when you rev it up so the engine is louder than the clutch  :rolleyes:

The XR1200 sound freaking awesome.  :inlove:

Meh... I don't think I care so much about the sound.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Tar Snake on May 07, 2009, 07:44:56 pm
As much as I like triples I have to go with Ducati or other 90 degree V twins.

The vast majority of my bikes I leave the exhaust stock, with a Ducati I'd make an exception. ;)


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Emmanuel on May 20, 2009, 04:21:05 am
that gixxer does sound very nice!

and like you say it sounds just like a race bike!

but... it is a shame it isnt legal to run them like that!


I wonder how my zzr sounds w/o the muffler..
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Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Busy Little Whiner on May 20, 2009, 05:01:03 pm

Moto Guzzi V8.  No doubt about it.  http://www.tremek.com/forum/bike-videos/12155-moto-guzzi-v8-pics-sound.html or try this one  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBdaBMmk6w8


MG's V8 sounds a lot like my V4...


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Orson on May 21, 2009, 03:42:45 am



MG's V8 sounds a lot like my V4...

negative sake breath.

the Guzzi V8 came first. Honda aspires to one day sound like a Moto Guzzi  :cool:



Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Busy Little Whiner on May 21, 2009, 04:15:38 am


negative sake breath.

the Guzzi V8 came first. Honda aspires to one day sound like a Moto Guzzi  :cool:




Technically speaking Orson that Guzzi V8 in the video is a hand made replica built after Mr.RC45...


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Orson on May 21, 2009, 06:08:54 am



Technically speaking Orson that Guzzi V8 in the video is a hand made replica built after Mr.RC45...

overruled.

inserting technical details into ST.N discourse would be like Fox News using facts. :D

artificial Guzzi rumblings still trump.



Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Big Bo on May 21, 2009, 07:03:02 am
This Ducati.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sp9xPyI8mCY


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: turboderek on May 21, 2009, 10:46:06 am


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Busy Little Whiner on May 21, 2009, 04:42:46 pm


overruled.

inserting technical details into ST.N discourse would be like Fox News using facts. :D

artificial Guzzi rumblings still trump.




Artificial V8 still trumps but it's 2000 Birthday still stands...

MotoGuzzi V8 replica on display in Solvang California... let's go together Orson and make the pilgrimage...
http://www.motosolvang.com/bike_pages/Moto_Guzzi_500cc_DOHC_V8.htm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O_7zwGFGwI
(http://www.motosolvang.com/images_new/large/1955_Moto-Guzzi-V8.jpg)


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: rodm850g on May 23, 2009, 09:58:33 pm
Guys,
My 97 TL1000S had a hi-fit pipe with carbon cans blowin straight back....a very baritone rumble that sounded something like a V8 ford.......
Rod


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Busy Little Whiner on May 24, 2009, 04:33:42 am

Guys,
My 97 TL1000S had a hi-fit pipe with carbon cans blowin straight back....a very baritone rumble that sounded something like a V8 ford.......
Rod


Mercy... I hear a Ford I think agricultural and no motorcycle should sound like that...


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: veefer800canuck on May 24, 2009, 08:07:40 am

rc51 with a full sato exhust....i don't think i can ride anything but a big twin anymore


Haven't heard the Satos, but I rode a '51 with a full Moriwaki Ti system on it.  :bigok:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: HKB3 on June 16, 2009, 08:16:31 pm
1) 09 Yamaha R1 with aftermarket exhaust(leovince)
2) 2 stroke.....ahh the smell of a 2smoker


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Busy Little Whiner on June 17, 2009, 01:45:33 pm


A vote for the V2 is also a vote for the V4... after all a V4 is just a pair of V2 working in concert...


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Goose on June 17, 2009, 09:10:00 pm
V4 with aftermarket exhaust. V twin is my next choice


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Orson on June 18, 2009, 03:12:03 am
The voters have spoken.

Twins win  :thumbsup:

Everything else are just soggy farts.

 :pokestick:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Croak on June 18, 2009, 11:21:06 am

The voters have spoken.

Twins win  :thumbsup:

Everything else are just soggy farts.

 :pokestick:


Triple farts have a little meat in them.  :lol:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Monk42 on July 11, 2009, 09:33:59 pm
My Buell  Lightning 1200 with a Drummond exhaust sounded awesome, I grinned every time I cranked it.   The VFR is sweet at higher revs too.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Baz on July 11, 2009, 09:52:31 pm

V4 with aftermarket exhaust. V twin is my next choice



(http://www.afforums.com/ppost/data/662/awjeez.jpg)

 :lol:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Thunderbox on July 15, 2009, 09:19:33 am



Technically speaking Orson that Guzzi V8 in the video is a hand made replica built after Mr.RC45...


I don't think that is correct, except the handbuilt part.  


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: greywolf on July 30, 2009, 12:19:15 pm
I've always been partial to twins ... be it Parallel, Flat , Desmo , or  V


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Harpo on August 06, 2009, 12:05:17 am
1925 Megola. Superb sound. Five cylinder radial four stroke 650cc aircraft engine mounted inside the
front wheel. http://www.vintagebike.co.uk/Bike%20Directories/OthersItoM/pages/Megola-1922-25.htm


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Lakeguy556 on August 06, 2009, 03:22:40 pm
I voted Triple. I am biased though.

Second fav. would be the new big bang R1 with aftermarket cans :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: SpitfireTriple on December 30, 2009, 09:42:41 am
Have a listen to this:



and tell me the rotary should not have been an option

(dig the way the exhaust glows red in time with the throttle blips at 1:05)


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Chef675 on January 05, 2010, 08:23:40 pm
Really no right or wrong answer here.
It's a tie for me
RC51 w Sato & Daytona 675


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: tomek on January 05, 2010, 08:56:29 pm
Twin rotor Wankel sounds just like screamer I4,identical firing order,,,,,,,,

Exhaust temps are much higher due to inefficient "combustion chamber". ( Combustion happens on the rotor`s face,it actually circulates)



Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: SpitfireTriple on January 13, 2010, 06:24:06 am
Does this sound like an I-4?





Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Orson on January 13, 2010, 06:16:50 pm
puh-leez

As far as I know, ST.N polls are conclusively "the final word" on anything.

The voters have spoken, and the V twin rules supreme over all pretenders  :p  :gdog:

Moderators...time to lock this poll, before the VFR and FJR forums begin their usual ballot box stuffing  :rave:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Croak on January 13, 2010, 06:30:42 pm
Moar tirples!  


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: delta one on January 16, 2010, 08:24:59 pm
I love the sound of my Buell



but next and very close favorite would be a big bore inline 4. 1100 or more cc's I really like the ZX-14 and the super blackbird




Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: SpitfireTriple on January 17, 2010, 05:15:17 am
Delta One: 48 seconds of tick-over doth not a great video make.
Go out and make a proper vid of your Buell.  Get a friend to film you roaring past at speed. Otherwise, you open yourself to unkind jibes of the kind that suggest Harley/Buell owners never actually go anywhere.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Squareman357 on January 17, 2010, 07:18:31 am
...but next and very close favorite would be a big bore inline 4. 1100 or more cc's I really like the ZX-14 and the super blackbird


That would be my favorite. I like the deep rumble of a big bore piped I-4 both at idle and getting it in.  My second fave would be a piped big bore V-Twin, there've been a few that I heard that I really like, like a piped 1098, a piped SV1000, and a few other big bore V-twins


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: delta one on January 17, 2010, 09:55:44 am

Delta One: 48 seconds of tick-over doth not a great video make.
Go out and make a proper vid of your Buell.  Get a friend to film you roaring past at speed. Otherwise, you open yourself to unkind jibes of the kind that suggest Harley/Buell owners never actually go anywhere.


I shot that for an old military buddy that hadn't seen my bike yet.  shot to show it off cosmetically more than the sound of it.  If I could have gone out and shot a video riding I would have but its cold and snowy and I'm just not that gutsy.  

22 degrees doth not a riding day make.




and I may tend to agree with you. I only get maybe two chances a year to go long distance on my bike. between my 2 and 4 year old kids, going back to college and juggling homework to maintain Deans list I don't get to ride a lot.  I commute on my bike in the summer months and the rain doesn't stop me, but I don't get to log the 20k a season that a lot of you guys do. there is no such thing as vacation time as a student like me, I go three semesters a year minimum 12 credits a semester.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: SpitfireTriple on January 17, 2010, 02:17:02 pm
Okay okay.
I must admit, I talk the talk and type the type more than I ride these days.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: motrhead on January 21, 2010, 03:57:23 pm
 I don't see my favorites in this poll. Where are the two strokes? :headscratch:
  I had to vote for the CBX six as the best option available, but a two stroke triple with a 3 into 1 gives me goosebumps like nothing else...except for maybe the Norton Rotary 588.
 I have to admit a Ducati or Guzzi with loud pipes will make the hair stand up on the back on my neck, and so does a TDM850 with pipes on it (which is weird because the Nortons and Triumphs don't do anything for me), but a two stroke twin always sounds better!
 What about the flat fours? A GL1000 with a header sounds way cooler than a v4...
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftDmqzpyDXk

 Dean
 
 


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: sammyseaman on January 21, 2010, 04:06:26 pm

 I don't see my favorites in this poll. Where are the two strokes? :headscratch:
  I had to vote for the CBX six as the best option available, but a two stroke triple with a 3 into 1 gives me goosebumps like nothing else...except for maybe the Norton Rotary 588.
 I have to admit a Ducati or Guzzi with loud pipes will make the hair stand up on the back on my neck, and so does a TDM850 with pipes on it (which is weird because the Nortons and Triumphs don't do anything for me), but a two stroke twin always sounds better!
 What about the flat fours? A GL1000 with a header sounds way cooler than a v4...
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftDmqzpyDXk

 Dean
 
 


You have one post and are Canadian therefore you're input doesn't count.  :bigok:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: motrhead on January 21, 2010, 06:08:48 pm
 Hey, I've been (lurking) here for almost two years...that should count for something.:fitz:  :D  I have too much time on my hands right now, so I'm speaking up on all the forums I belong to. This won't be the last you hear from me!
 Canadians get most of the cool bikes that the Americans want but can't have, and we don't get stuck with any of the restricted models  either...so maybe we should get two votes for having a more expert opinion?


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: sammyseaman on January 22, 2010, 08:28:11 am

 Hey, I've been (lurking) here for almost two years...that should count for something.:fitz:  :D  I have too much time on my hands right now, so I'm speaking up on all the forums I belong to. This won't be the last you hear from me!
 Canadians get most of the cool bikes that the Americans want but can't have, and we don't get stuck with any of the restricted models  either...so maybe we should get two votes for having a more expert opinion?


Okay, you get a pass. But it's only because you own a Bultaco  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: tthompsr on January 25, 2010, 12:47:34 pm

Kawasaki 3 cyl 2-stroke at full wail w/loud chambers. Still gives me douch chills

 +1 Nothing like a 3 cyl. 2-stroke wailing away!


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: motrhead on January 29, 2010, 12:30:48 pm


 +1 Nothing like a 3 cyl. 2-stroke wailing away!


  :thumbsup:  I'll have mine in Suzuki flavor thanks. I'm looking for a GT380.   :)


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: canyonchaser on February 04, 2010, 02:23:23 pm
Its hard to beat a 90-degree V-twin with the right pipes.  But I don't think anything can compare to a V-Four.  Its magical. V-Four Victory!

dp


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Busy Little Whiner on February 04, 2010, 04:54:04 pm

Its hard to beat a 90-degree V-twin with the right pipes.  But I don't think anything can compare to a V-Four.  Its magical. V-Four Victory!

dp


True... V4s sound so good that even Orson will stop blowing on his soup to listen...







Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: canyonchaser on February 05, 2010, 09:55:13 am
To further the superioirty of the sound of the V4....

Have you had the chance to hear a Desmosedici or the new Aprilia?  OMG!  Spectacular!

dp


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Busy Little Whiner on February 05, 2010, 02:53:54 pm

To further the superioirty of the sound of the V4....

Have you had the chance to hear a Desmosedici or the new Aprilia?  OMG!  Spectacular!

dp



 The tracks are alive with V4 music... Desmosedici 990...



Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: tomek on February 05, 2010, 05:54:46 pm

To further the superioirty of the sound of the V4....

Have you had the chance to hear a Desmosedici or the new Aprilia?  OMG!  Spectacular!

dp


I had a chance to hear DR16 for couple of seconds before I passed him ( track day).Totally unimpressive,dull drone.They use 0-90-360-450-720,etc "symmetrical" firing order.I prefer asymmetrically   firing   V4s like VFR, no clue about Aprilla, but since they have narrow angle V4 it is gonna sound like nothing else .

Not all V4s sound the same.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: 85V65 on February 05, 2010, 07:00:29 pm





Not all V4s sound the same.


Very true. My V65 Magna..meh..  My 97 VFR...pure sexy!


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Mookie on February 05, 2010, 07:02:32 pm
RC-51 has to be up there


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Big D on February 06, 2010, 02:27:19 am
No potato option? :headscratch:

I voted V-four for Vmax.

YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-r2eF1uw9M&feature=related)


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: JamieK on February 06, 2010, 11:09:00 am

No potato option? :headscratch:

I voted V-four for Vmax.

YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-r2eF1uw9M&feature=related)


Check out the exhaust tips on this Max...it was the next vid after the one you posted

Guns (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pA1cszovllQ&NR=1)


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: motrhead on February 06, 2010, 01:25:57 pm

Its hard to beat a 90-degree V-twin with the right pipes.  But I don't think anything can compare to a V-Four.  Its magical. V-Four Victory!

dp


 Meh. V-4s always sound like  a real 4 cylinder with a  miss  :lol:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Justmike on February 07, 2010, 02:46:52 am
All twins! ok that was easy....


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: duceduceexplorer on February 20, 2010, 02:22:34 pm

RC-51 has to be up there
thats why i bought mine..but with stock pipes its defintally tame, need some aftermarket full kit to make it come alive :bigok: :inlove: got my 51 running yesterday and it was like being alive for the first time in awhile


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: hazra on February 21, 2010, 10:34:30 am
I would have said sport v-twin, until I heard the crossplane crank in the R1 at Millville last year.  I guess that counts as a modern liquid cooled inline 4, but it's different enough that I had to pick "other".

The best sounding I-C engine of all time has never been in a motorcycle as far as I know...


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: motrhead on February 21, 2010, 05:31:37 pm


The best sounding I-C engine of all time has never been in a motorcycle as far as I know...


 Well, if it's a V12 or V-16 you were thinking of, there has been at least one V12...check this out CBX -which may be the best sounding bike of all time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEe6c3KIUB4

 Sorry, not sure how to embed the video on this forum. If someone wants to fix it or explain...


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: RF900Flyer on March 08, 2010, 08:54:35 pm
                 I do like the sound of Buells.....its kind of weird looking @ whats ounds like a HD but is essentially a Ducati Wannabee.

               My Vic has off road pipes & sounds like an old impala hot rod when it has a fast idle.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: QBTO on June 27, 2010, 06:11:50 pm
Benelli six cylinder, ugly bike sweet sound

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJjGM5r40sc


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: bonnieboomer on July 01, 2010, 12:49:40 pm
That Benelli sounds just like the Nissan L24/6/8 inline six in racing trim! Very nice!

Best-sounding V12's were the various Ferrari 250's [racing. of course] and the F1 Ferrari and Matra.

But for street bikes, there's nothing sweeter than an inline triple. Sound so pure that very little muffling is needed. From the old Kawasaki H1/H2 and the original Triumph Trident, right up to today's 1050 Sprint etc.

bonnieboomer


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: sammyseaman on September 24, 2010, 05:32:29 pm
The Street Triple I demo'd recently had the Arrow slip-ons and it was  :inlove: :drool: :leghump: I truly don't know if there's a better sounding motor than an uncorked triple. Twas nearly enough to make me buy it. If only it came in roulette green.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: duceduceexplorer on September 24, 2010, 05:37:30 pm

The Street Triple I demo'd recently had the Arrow slip-ons and it was  :inlove: :drool: :leghump: I truly don't know if there's a better sounding motor than an uncorked triple. Twas nearly enough to make me buy it. If only it came in roulette green.
if u think the slip ons are great u should hear one with the full arrow kit on it header and all


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Busy Little Whiner on September 25, 2010, 01:20:53 am

Since Ducat pulled out of WSBK they only place you can hear a V2 is at Dennys... when the old guys get done
blowing on their soup and saddle up to ride home for a nap...


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Mac on September 25, 2010, 07:51:53 am
For me hands down is the 302 V-8 of the boss hoss. It may be cheating, though, because it is a car crate engine in a motorcycle frame.

However the next best I've ever heard was a V-4 in a 99 VFR with vance and hines pipes. It sounded like a frekkin hot rod! :drool:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: UrbanHermit on June 13, 2013, 08:22:03 pm
Ever hear someone get down hard on a Moto Guzzi Daytona?


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: coho on June 14, 2013, 05:11:33 am

Ever hear someone get down hard on a Moto Guzzi Daytona?


That. Very much that.


A non-potato Vtwin given the berries in anger is  :drool: :leghump: :drool: :leghump: :drool: any day of the week.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Papa Lazarou on June 14, 2013, 03:38:30 pm
Nothing like a Panther on full chat.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Dan K on June 14, 2013, 04:17:23 pm
My buddy has a Bimota DB6 Delerio and while running a modified Ducati L Twin, it is easily the most amazing sounding engine.  V-Twin gruntiness with a burble on decel like a Triumph triple....wow.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Pat S. on July 18, 2013, 04:20:11 pm
2 stroke triples by Suzuki or Kawasaki or a TZ750. The worst: straight piped or loud v-twins who think that others around them enjoy their noise as much as they do.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: melville on July 19, 2013, 09:56:39 am
Mine, when I first fired it up after the resto (still waiting for mufflers).  Click for vid, turn the sound UP:





(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/melvillelgz868/th_DSCN6048.jpg) (http://s276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/melvillelgz868/?action=view¤t=DSCN6048.mp4)

Sorry folks, link may be busted.  Trust me, it was EPIC!


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: FJRider on July 19, 2013, 11:28:14 am
It's hard to imagine anything sounding better than the Honda R166 (six inline 250)



Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: UrbanHermit on July 23, 2013, 12:20:02 am

Ahhh yes, now this is the way to do up the big Valk (gone street fighter):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqgrBnrm4Ak


Um, yes . . . well . . . we all gotta be somewhere . . . but that reminds me of making a ballerina do a pole dance.  I've got an unmolested 98 Tourer, and while I wouldn't vote for it as having an attractive exhaust note, it's a helluva beautiful, well-balanced cruiser/tourer.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: da28 on August 11, 2013, 04:38:44 pm
um....... 2 stroke twin triple or 4 cylinder
any of the above wins

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZBxVrqDwlw


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: bikerfish1100 on August 12, 2013, 09:43:04 am
Ducati 2 valve L-twin running Termis.

everyone else can just STFU.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: black hills on August 12, 2013, 11:39:25 am
I must say the best bikes I ever heard were the late 80's Ducati's down the long straight at BIR :inlove:

modern GP bikes are probably the most hideous things to listen to :D


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: james_g on August 12, 2013, 12:32:59 pm

Ducati 2 valve L-twin running Termis.

everyone else can just STFU.


Well, that's the end of this thread then  :lol:

james


Title: Re:
Post by: mikeyman on December 28, 2013, 02:48:22 pm
I'm partial to Triumph triples.

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Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: tbzep on December 28, 2013, 03:30:08 pm
1. V-4 (Aprilia, Honda VF/VFR 180 and 360 crank versions, and Desmosedici....but not the VFR1200F)
2. Triumph triple
3. Old air cooled I-4's
3. (tie) air cooled 6 (CBX)


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: metlchip on January 02, 2014, 08:59:32 pm
By FAR and away the gear driven cams of the 98-01 VFR with slip-ons, absolute music!!!


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: DosEquis00 on January 04, 2014, 02:36:08 pm

By FAR and away the gear driven cams of the 98-01 VFR with slip-ons, absolute music!!!


That other gear driven cam beauty the RC 51 is also absolute music.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: GRN on January 13, 2014, 07:07:28 pm
Straight out of the crate stock, the Triumph 1050 Sprint is the best sounding I have owned. Otherwise, it was my 748.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Stripes on January 13, 2014, 07:10:12 pm
My vote is also for Triumph's 1050 inline triple.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Acadian Rider on January 13, 2014, 07:36:21 pm
I wonder if the 24.3% that voted "V-four" were thinking of the Honda ST1300 sewing machine.   :lol:



Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: GRN on January 13, 2014, 07:40:31 pm

I wonder if the 24.3% that voted "V-four" were thinking of the Honda ST1300 sewing machine.   :lol:




In town it was Jetson like, out of town it has a pretty sweet note when railing on it over 4K rpm.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: kneedrag05 on February 03, 2014, 01:47:33 pm
The RSV-4 is in my opinion, the absolute best sounding piece of motorcycle.....with the crossplane R-1 as a VERY close second.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: gradus on February 13, 2014, 01:34:24 pm

I wonder if the 24.3% that voted "V-four" were thinking of the Honda ST1300 sewing machine.   :lol:


Blame the exhaust.  I removed the baffles from my '05 VFR and it sounds great.  Sounds better than my Street Tripple with 3-1 Arrow exhaust.  

I've never really understood the appeal of the gear driven cam whine.  Reminds me too much of my old K75.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Chuck 500 on February 13, 2014, 03:17:31 pm
I voted big sport twin but was really thinking Harley.  I love the soft rumble of a big v-twin.  That said, I'll likely never have one.  For riding I like my honda NT700V (Deauville).


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: tbzep on February 13, 2014, 06:48:15 pm



Blame the exhaust.  I removed the baffles from my '05 VFR and it sounds great.  Sounds better than my Street Tripple with 3-1 Arrow exhaust.  

I've never really understood the appeal of the gear driven cam whine.  Reminds me too much of my old K75.

Gear whine sounds a lot better than the clatter of a bad cam chain tensioner.  :crazy:
2nd, 3rd, and 4th gen bikes had their gears in the middle of the engine rather than stuck out on the end like the 5th gen and RC45.  That made the whine a little quieter and more pleasant to many V4 lovers.  I love them all, as long as the exhaust is allowed to sing.  


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Kneescrubber on February 14, 2014, 07:39:44 pm



That other gear driven cam beauty the RC 51 is also absolute music.



+ a million! One of the sweetest sounding big V-twins ever made.  :thumbsup:


Title: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: MisterSmooth on February 15, 2014, 11:44:55 am

I wonder if the 24.3% that voted "V-four" were thinking of the Honda ST1300 sewing machine.   :lol:



BrianHE on this board had one of those with aftermarket pipes (odd that I've never seen or heard another ST with one).  His sounded fantastic.   :bigok:  Following him, the bike sounded just a little bit angry.   :cool:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Anteraan on March 06, 2014, 07:12:11 pm

http://www.vintagebike.co.uk/Sounds.htm (http://www.vintagebike.co.uk/Sounds.htm)

motorcycle sound wavs

while the Honda 6 is nice in a technological marvel sort of way, it's just too high strung for a purist and comes across as a shriek.

get a load of the 3 cylinder MV Agusta  :drool:


I'll take the 1950 Vincent Rapide (at speed).  It sounds like a WWII era warbird as it goes by.  Me likey!  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Windblown on March 06, 2014, 08:54:37 pm

I wonder if the 24.3% that voted "V-four" were thinking of the Honda ST1300 sewing machine.   :lol:


Damn it. I came in here to suggest that as the winner!  Though I think it's closer to...




Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: stevent on March 07, 2014, 07:19:59 pm
I would say a Meridan Bonnie or Trident was my favorite, but I'm really getting to like the turbine-like whine of my K12GT

Other than that my 380 CZ motocrosser gave me a chubby everytime it hit the pipe.


 :leghump:


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: FJRider on March 10, 2014, 11:09:35 pm
I'm somewhat partial to Yamaha's. But still,  I really like the sound of the two brothers exhaust on the FZ-09. Maybe next year ...




Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Blue is Best on June 06, 2014, 10:02:26 am
So many great sounding motors. The best though is a three cylinder, two stroke Kawasaki 500 or 750 with expansion chambers. The CBX with a 6 into 1 comes close also.


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Dan K on June 06, 2014, 01:08:17 pm
I'll have to record my Tuoldo with it's DanMoto GP Extreme exhaust without the baffle (how I'm running it now) - to quote my son, "It is beast."

Too loud, but has this very cool burble and pop on decel. It's a Rotax 990 V-Twin, but it doesn't sound like any Tuono/Futura/Falco I've ever heard...

- Dan


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Blue is Best on June 07, 2014, 12:52:13 pm
Still waiting for the recording! C'mon, it's Saturday.  :)


Title: Re: Best-sounding motorcycle engine?
Post by: Migs on June 10, 2014, 11:08:39 am
One that's running!

(compared to one that won't)!


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