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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 #40 on: February 23, 2009, 03:50:28 pm »



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« Reply #41 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
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« Reply #42 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
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« Reply #43 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.  Sad

adding cylinders only dilutes the dulcimer twin music.  Cool


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

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« Reply #44 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  Bigsmile
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« Reply #45 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?    Bigsmile
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« Reply #46 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.
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« Reply #47 on: February 24, 2009, 09:37:23 am »




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

I'm 1 of 4  Embarassment

that doesn't disprove my contention though  Bigsmile
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« Reply #48 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  Bigsmile


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...
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« Reply #49 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
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« Reply #50 on: February 24, 2009, 09:31:35 pm »

Good God. Give it a break Orson.  Crazy
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« Reply #51 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
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« Reply #52 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

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« Reply #53 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  Bigsmile
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« Reply #54 on: February 25, 2009, 08:24:47 pm »

Great first post JamieK!

Welcome to STn!  Bigok
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« Reply #55 on: February 25, 2009, 11:24:12 pm »

Thanks Jeremy!!
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« Reply #56 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'
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« Reply #57 on: February 28, 2009, 09:46:13 am »

MV ... with Ago on board ... from 2005 no less .....  Inlove


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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

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« Reply #59 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!!
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