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Old 03-22-2011, 03:45 PM   #1
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best sounding motor of all time?

after hearing the motus v4 on the dyno I think it sounds like one mean mother and I want them to succeed based on that sound alone.

but it got me thinking about how much sound matters for a motorcycle. it's crazy to say but if I am honest, i would not buy a bike that sounded bad. Why does sound matter that much? I remember being so disappointed as a kid at how the early 80's honda v4's sounded before Honda switched the crank. And my earliest motorcycle memories are about sound, from howling inline 4's, to the braapp of a two stroke, that the sound is something basic to the experience. Again, why does it matter and what motor gets you going?
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Old 03-22-2011, 03:53 PM   #2
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In no particular order...

V4

Aircooled flat six (Porsche)

Ducati L-twin

Small block Ford V8

New crossplane R1 I4

Straight 6

EDIT forgot to add that a big parallel twin like a Triumph sounds pretty damn good with a freer flowing pipe on it. Actually, the only motorcycle sound I DON"T like are I4s (except the crossplane R1) and Harleys. Unfortunately that's most of what is on the road
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Old 03-22-2011, 03:54 PM   #3
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Old 03-22-2011, 03:56 PM   #4
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I'm fairly well convinced that if riding was only about sound we'd all be on sporting v-twins.
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:34 PM   #5
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I'd have to say either a Honda v4 with the right exhaust or a buell v-twin are tied for best sound.
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:39 PM   #6
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:40 PM   #7
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Although I've yet to hear it in person, the Motus sounds incredible.

Ducati Superbikes.. amazing.

Honda 180 crank degree v-4's with pipes sound really cool
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:46 PM   #8
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:46 PM   #9
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:50 PM   #10
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:51 PM   #11
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Someone has to say it... The World famous Harley-Davidson V-Twin in any of its forms.

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Old 03-22-2011, 05:17 PM   #12
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Old 03-22-2011, 05:23 PM   #13
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What, no sound bite nor video for example?

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Old 03-22-2011, 05:23 PM   #14
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In no particular order...

V4

Aircooled flat six (Porsche)

Ducati L-twin

Small block Ford V8

New crossplane R1 I4

Straight 6

EDIT forgot to add that a big parallel twin like a Triumph sounds pretty damn good with a freer flowing pipe on it. Actually, the only motorcycle sound I DON"T like are I4s (except the crossplane R1) and Harleys. Unfortunately that's most of what is on the road
You forgot Triumph Triple i.e. Speed Triple, that is an awesome and distinct sounding engine and don't leave out the mighty LC8 with some free flowing pipes!!
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Old 03-22-2011, 05:26 PM   #15
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Almost any twin/triple sounds great.


R1 was changed to sound like a twin because inline 4s sound souless.
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