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Question: What is the best-sounding motorcycle engine to your ears?
70s-80s Japanese air-cooled inline four - 32 (4.4%)
A big sport twin - 206 (28.2%)
A modern, liquid-cooled inline four - 62 (8.5%)
Inline triple - 120 (16.4%)
Boxer twin - 14 (1.9%)
Boxer six - 7 (1%)
V-four - 182 (24.9%)
Inline six, air-cooled - 18 (2.5%)
Thumpers - 13 (1.8%)
Parallel twin, air-cooled - 19 (2.6%)
Parallel twin, liquid-cooled - 5 (0.7%)
Other - 53 (7.3%)
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« Reply #20 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.
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« Reply #21 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!
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« Reply #22 on: February 21, 2009, 12:01:06 am »


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« Reply #23 on: February 21, 2009, 07:58:01 am »

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
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« Reply #24 on: February 21, 2009, 12:04:23 pm »



Thumbsup Finally, a use for an iPod.  Wink

Actually, my 1975 Honda CB 400F Super Sport with the Yoshima hand bent open pipe at 9500 RPM, sounds best.
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« Reply #25 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.
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« Reply #26 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  Bigsmile

you look for any excuse to romp on it  Smile
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« Reply #27 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.
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« Reply #28 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
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« Reply #29 on: February 21, 2009, 03:57:10 pm »




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


Mine also..... Thumbsup
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« Reply #30 on: February 21, 2009, 04:16:20 pm »

Kawasaki 3 cyl 2-stroke at full wail w/loud chambers. Still gives me douch chills
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« Reply #31 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.

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« Reply #32 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.  

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« Reply #33 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"
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« Reply #34 on: February 21, 2009, 09:39:48 pm »

...and by that rationale, a six is even better.
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« Reply #35 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
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« Reply #36 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.
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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.  Sad

adding cylinders only dilutes the dulcimer twin music.  Cool
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« Reply #38 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).   Bigsmile

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« Reply #39 on: February 23, 2009, 03:40:10 pm »

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