What's your fav bike engine sound?

What's your fav bike engine sound?

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CousinDupree

687 posts

33 months

Monday 6th July 2020
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BugLebowski said:
It's lovely around town and on the stock exhaust, otherwise hard to hear the lovely whirling sounds.

thetoxicnerve

24,303 posts

143 months

Monday 6th July 2020
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Aprillia V4 for me. Still miss that V4 bark my Tuono used to make with the Akra and remap.

Speed Triple isn't bad but the V4 definitely sounds better to my ear.

Steve Bass said:
A LOUD one!!! hehe
With a decat and an Austin Racing baked bean can pipe.

Edited by thetoxicnerve on Monday 6th July 23:21

CypSIdders

513 posts

120 months

Tuesday 7th July 2020
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Walter Sobchak said:
A Honda V4 with gear driven cams for me, nothing sounds better than an RC40/45 or NC30/35 at full throttle.
The Aprilia V4 and cross plane R1s are a close second.
Yep, a race prepared Honda V4, with gear driven cams, would come a close second to the crackle of a rfully prepped TZ250/350.
Fortunately. in normal times, you can still hear both of these at the Classic TT, at full chat.

Steve Bass

9,605 posts

199 months

Tuesday 7th July 2020
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thetoxicnerve said:
Aprillia V4 for me. Still miss that V4 bark my Tuono used to make with the Akra and remap.

Speed Triple isn't bad but the V4 definitely sounds better to my ear.

Steve Bass said:
A LOUD one!!! hehe
With a decat and an Austin Racing baked bean can pipe.
The Winningest one here..... thumbup

tommy1973s

Original Poster:

779 posts

137 months

Tuesday 7th July 2020
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I've now to do a helluva a lot of googling this evening to listen to all of these ... my wife thinks I'm deranged: "So, you're just listening to engine noises?!" ...

tommy1973s

Original Poster:

779 posts

137 months

Tuesday 7th July 2020
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Pothole said:
tommy1973s said:
...as I keep left to allow them to overtake...
There's really no need. We can judge gaps and have the acceleration to do what we like without you pulling over into the roadside crap and showering us with it. No, I'm not ungrateful, it's just not something you need to bother with.
I'm neither pulling over nor slowing down, and certainly not going off clean tarmac; just subtly altering road position out of courtesy - and because, tbh, I perhaps want to encourage a joyful overtake even when the rider initially may not have been all that bothered about getting past : ) Having owned several mid-sized bikes in the past, I'm aware of the acceleration potential. Any 500 will see off most standard cars in a straight line.

I do however think road positioning can indicate a lot. On motorways for instance, whether on a bike or in a car, when in the fast lane, you can always tell the muppet car driver that's likely to do a lurch out in front of you without checking their blind spot; their road positioning, even in their own lane, often reveals ther intentions, long before the front wheels turn right.

Similarly, on a road with lots of minor roads to the right, you sometimes see a biker (who could of course evaporate you for acceleration at any point) weighing you up and wondering is this eejit going to pull out in front of me? So just the subtlest indication, very slightly repositioning the car a little bit to the left and a little bit further away from the middle white line, without slowing down or pulling in, lets the biker know he's been seen. Of course it's not needed; it's just a small courtesy like holding the door open for someone. And perhaps a small way of signalling solidarity and that not all car drivers are s. I'm primarily a car driver, but have owned several bikes in the past and tbh just like anything with an engine.

LimSlip

694 posts

20 months

Tuesday 7th July 2020
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A triple is one of the best sounding common engine configurations for me, with sporty V twins a close second (i.e. not HD cement mixer engines).

Never really understood the love for V4s, they sound a bit st IMO.

NorthernSky

666 posts

83 months

Tuesday 7th July 2020
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tommy1973s said:
I've now to do a helluva a lot of googling this evening to listen to all of these ... my wife thinks I'm deranged: "So, you're just listening to engine noises?!" ...
WHOA!

That 5th gen with the MIVV did sound great, I do get it when people love the 5th for those gear driven cams and the whirling sound they make. Lush.

This audio clip convinced me to get a delkevic system on my 6th gen, just listen and admire, Tommy1973. Encourage your wife to admire the sound this bike makes too, for surely nobody can dislike it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCm4gWmrmXc



srob

11,127 posts

204 months

Tuesday 7th July 2020
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These DKWs were allegedly so loud when racing that when on full chat on the Isle of Man, you could hear them in Liverpool.

They're a weird split-single/supercharged two stroke. Can't work out if it's a nice noise or not!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?edufilter=NULL&v...

roboxm3

2,308 posts

161 months

Tuesday 7th July 2020
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LimSlip said:
A triple is one of the best sounding common engine configurations for me, with sporty V twins a close second (i.e. not HD cement mixer engines).

Never really understood the love for V4s, they sound a bit st IMO.
Really??

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPbODEUl7Vs

NGRhodes

1,224 posts

38 months

Tuesday 7th July 2020
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Never forget the sound of a Tuono with Akrapovic exhaust in the Trossachs.

GYTRDave

60 posts

17 months

Tuesday 7th July 2020
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Ape V4 with Austin, SC, Akra cans and the 2015 onwards R1 with the same.

Steve Bass

9,605 posts

199 months

Tuesday 7th July 2020
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GYTRDave said:
Ape V4 with Austin, SC, Akra cans and the 2015 onwards R1 with the same.
^^^^^

This.

The Ape being a 765 degree motor gives it a unique auditory pulse that 90 degree V's/L's can't achieve

along with the later R1, probably the best sound of any bikes.

irocfan

27,059 posts

156 months

Tuesday 7th July 2020
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Steve Bass said:
A LOUD one!!! hehe
rofl

I'm not a biker - which probably explains why I like Harleys hehe (in the interests of fairness, there are likely others I do like - just don't know enough about bikes!)

CousinDupree

687 posts

33 months

Tuesday 7th July 2020
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roboxm3 said:
LimSlip said:
A triple is one of the best sounding common engine configurations for me, with sporty V twins a close second (i.e. not HD cement mixer engines).

Never really understood the love for V4s, they sound a bit st IMO.
Really??

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPbODEUl7Vs
An RC45 drone, through Eau Rouge at 3am is still etched on my mind. Happy days smile

LimSlip

694 posts

20 months

Tuesday 7th July 2020
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roboxm3 said:
Yes really. That clip reminds me of my GPZ500, it's not awful but a slightly unpleasant farty noise. Also never understood the love for the Subaru boxer, sounds almost exactly like an IL4 with a bad misfire.

This is music to my ears:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwJYqAmybLg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNAfSWHOa8w

RemaL

24,888 posts

200 months

Tuesday 7th July 2020
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Currently the whine of a supercharged Bike

Krikkit

21,431 posts

147 months

Tuesday 7th July 2020
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LimSlip said:
roboxm3 said:
Yes really. That clip reminds me of my GPZ500, it's not awful but a slightly unpleasant farty noise. Also never understood the love for the Subaru boxer, sounds almost exactly like an IL4 with a bad misfire.

This is music to my ears:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwJYqAmybLg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNAfSWHOa8w
They do sound really good, but not up to a V4 imo - it's the depth and quality of the noise that wins it for me, so much tone change over the RPM range.


pmr01

264 posts

116 months

Wednesday 8th July 2020
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The Tuono (or rsv4) with the akra and map do sound good

smithyithy

5,344 posts

84 months

Thursday 9th July 2020
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Too many to choose from really, though can only really base it on what I've heard properly IRL rather than just on YouTube but...

Triumph Daytona / Striple with a full system - great sounding mid-size engine, I might be biased but I love my 675R with Arrow pipe..

Aprilia V4 with something like an Austrin Racing system, just sounds brutal.

Norton V4 - heard that thing from miles away at the TT, very special.

The Big Bang R1s - friend had one with an Akra system, unreal.

Loads of 2-strokes sound fantastic - tuned Lambrettas and Vespas with good pipes; RS/NSR/RGV 250 etc race bikes; even something daft like a tuned Banshee quad. Can't really go wrong with a proper smoker.