Super Quiet Bikes for RTW?

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  1. fuzzybabybunny

    fuzzybabybunny Adventurer

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    Another random question.

    I often wish that motorcycles were quieter. If I'm riding through a really scenic area, for example, I don't want to hear anything but the wind. I want to hear the surroundings, not the machine I just happen to be riding on. I love riding a bicycle through places like these and lament when I ride through them on a motorcycle.

    The whole point of riding a bike for me is to be as exposed to the surroundings as possible, rather than be isolated in a cage. But you're never fully exposed to the natural surroundings if you're adding your own artificial noise to the area.

    Thoughts? Quiet bikes?

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  2. dirtbikeslob

    dirtbikeslob Been here awhile

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    stick to your bycyce then
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  3. YZEtc

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    Lament?
    For real? :huh

    I don't like or give a thumbs-up to outragously loud bikes, but making some noise is part of riding a machine that does the work for you.
    To me, that is the whole reason for getting out there in the wilderness and enjoying it:
    Putting the bike through it's paces and enjoying doing it.
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  4. Krono

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    joexr Banned

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    My thoughts exactly!:fyyff
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  6. Max Kool

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    Most bikes are relatively quiet with the stock exhaust. That ain't enough?
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  7. Skidmarkart

    Skidmarkart Dirty Middle Age Man

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    I get it, sometimes quiet is the right way to experience things. Jeez, cut the guy some slack.

    I like to backpack alone for this reason.

    If you really want just wind, definitely try electric. Brammo Engage, or Zero Dirt or DS. Expensive, untested, but really quiet.

    My DR650 is pretty quiet with the stock pipe. You could probably add some baffling or some sort and get it a little quieter, but if you have ever run with an open pipe, you'll realize, these bike are pretty damn muffled already with he stock pipe on.
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    Do you work for the EPA? :rofl
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  9. bigdon

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    When you get to a really scenic area turn the bike off. Push it uphill and coast down. Problem solved! :freaky
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  10. WindPipe

    WindPipe Been here awhile

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    You can hear something other than Wind? I have to wear earplugs because the wind is too loud!
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  11. UtahFox

    UtahFox Been here awhile

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    Being quiet also means being stealthy, a valuable quality IMO. If you're trying to sleep out and about, often you don't want that fact to be known by the locals.
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  12. G Goat

    G Goat Been here awhile

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    +1 This

    Get some "in ear" plugs wired to a mike at the front of the bike but behind a wind screen.
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  13. eakins

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    dr650 w/ stock muffler is super quiet.
    key w/ any bike is to stay of the gas and just ride easy.
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  14. eakins

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    bike visuals/colors/labeling is also important.
    my DR looks like this to blend in...in the end you're still a foreigner.

    [​IMG]
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    Go faster. The noise will be behind you and it will not be heard.:deal
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    I've never been RTW, but like being as quiet/stealthy as possible off road.
    On road too... except for in the fall then I switch to a loud exhaust.
    Ride a lot at night on an old bike with poor lighting & I'm hoping the deer will hear me coming 2-3 miles away & not try & kill me.
    So far so good.:dunno
    Had a few close calls with the quiet exhaust & am scared to death of deer.
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    The quietest you'll get would be DR650 stock, i found that whisper quiet and havent found many others as quiet.
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  18. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    I like quiet bikes too.:thumbup...My DR is kinda quiet and my Pacific Coast is super quiet. Back in the day I had a Bultaco Alpina that was so quiet you could sneak up on deer and lasso them.:eek1
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  19. fuzzybabybunny

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    Are there any bikes in the 250cc range that are just as quiet?

    I'm trying to hit as high of a gas mileage as possible.
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  20. fuzzybabybunny

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    When I'm cruising through a scenic valley at 25mph I'd like to appreciate the environment without any added artificial noise.

    I was cruising past some amazing rice terraces and through some small villages in China on a small 50cc scooter and I just couldn't help noticing that the sound of the motor destroyed the ambiance of the village and terrace.

    Sometimes the noise is simply out of place. Small village, no one with any motor vehicles except for you, chickens running around, people walking their water buffalo to the next field, etc. Just... incongruent. I remember passing through a string of these little quiet perfect little villages and my motor noise just caused everyone to raise their heads and look at me.

    Bicycle is not an option for a RTW motorcycle trip.
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