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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 #60 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.  
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« Reply #61 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.
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« Reply #62 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..
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« Reply #63 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.
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« Reply #64 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.  

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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

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« Reply #65 on: March 05, 2009, 02:51:52 pm »



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...
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« Reply #66 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  Bigsmile

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« Reply #67 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
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« Reply #68 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.
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« Reply #69 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...
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« Reply #70 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

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« Reply #71 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.
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« Reply #72 on: March 18, 2009, 05:11:23 pm »


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

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« Reply #73 on: March 20, 2009, 04:11:34 pm »

When it comes to sound I have to say 250cc 2stroke  =  reminds me of my youth
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« Reply #74 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.  
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« Reply #75 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
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« Reply #76 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
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« Reply #77 on: March 24, 2009, 12:33:56 pm »

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« Reply #78 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.
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