What are some "throaty", audible motorcycles in current production?

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  1. tessalino

    tessalino Long timer

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    Harley is loud.

    My old Triumph Scrambler had an Arrow pipe installed with the baffle removed. It was loud.

    The Ducati Monster with aftermarket pipes is also audible. Yet with a deeper throaty sound.

    Any other makes that sound more like these?

    A lot of bikes are loud but have a very high pitched sound. I'm mostly curious about Ducati-ish loud.
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  2. SRTie4k

    SRTie4k Northeast Explorer

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    Anything with a v-twin.
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  3. T-34

    T-34 Been here awhile Supporter

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    This. Or a thumper. Or maybe a boxer.

    Anything else will be smoother, and not give you the sound you want.
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  4. Gone in 60

    Gone in 60 Been here awhile

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    Gotta say, one of the most intoxicating sounds I have ever heard is a newer Yamaha R1 with flat plane crank and the right exhaust. It's not high-pitched and whiny. Sounds more like a V8 at high RPM.

    There's a guy in my office complex with one, and he rides past my office window to go to lunch almost every day. It sounds so bitchen to me that one day I followed him to a Subway shop and asked him what he'd done to it. He had a Two Brothers exhaust, no other mods.

    My last BMW had a Leo Vince exhaust, which made it sound sort of like an angry tractor. I liked it.
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  5. HuntWhenever

    HuntWhenever Motorcicle Commuter

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    To me, the stock 2-into-1 on my Harley Sport Glide has a great sound without being loud.
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    Depends what you mean by "throaty" and what sort of sound pleases you. If you simply mean loud, You can make any bike louder with a suitable exhaust.

    My 100% stock KTM 1290 set off a few car alarms the one time I gave the throttle a good hard blip in a covered parking garage.
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  7. Pantah

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    Probably my favorites are an old Ducati 748, my 1998 Ducati 900SS and my 2007 Duc Monster S2r1000. All had or have Termi exhaust sytems. The 748 was the most thrilling because it had such a quick rev. The 900SS is pretty good but doesn't have any fierceness to it. The Monster must have a light flywheel because it revs fast like a dragster. I ran it without the db killers in it and that was spectacular, but it was just too loud so I put them back in and am very happy. It has a toned down sensation but still gives a hint of a race motor. Also most of the very latest inline twins that have a 270 degree crank firing order sound a lot like a V-twin. Even stock they sound great!
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  8. st3ryder

    st3ryder Long timer

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    Guzzis too.
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    EDIT : I just noticed you said "current production". So the KTM 1290 with an Akra system would take the place of a 990, which is no longer in production.

    I've got a KTM 990 SMT which has a full Akrapovič Evo system ( $3,000 worth, includes titanium headers ). With the dB killers removed it sounds pretty sweet, though it is loud enough to offend some folks if you get on the throttle hard. I keep the dB killers installed out of respect for my neighbors, but if I ever move to an isolated location the dB killers are going to be removed, in part because I have seen deer stop in their tracks when I approach on the bike with the dB killers removed ( Perhaps the deer says to itself : "WTF is THAT ?!?" )

    Ducatis have a "hard edge" to their exhaust note I think may be unique to Ducati, and they are one of the best sounding bikes I've ever heard. But a KTM V-twin with a full Akra system is a close second.
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  10. rd400racer

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    Here's my brothers Chromo (sorry, crappy pic). You can see the exhaust under the bike...sounds like a 427 Cobra Jet. My Duc with Termi's is more 327 small block. Both sound glorious.

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  11. CharlesLathe

    CharlesLathe Been here awhile

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    Someone with a Honda CB 1000 passes by here sometimes. It sounds very nice to me.

    rd400racer, your brother's chromo duc looks good. I like to see bikes that are kept immaculate.
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    Thanks, but it's definitely not a garage queen. He's put over 30K miles on it and it isn't his primary ride. But it always draws a crowd wherever he rides.

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    The induction sound and even with the stock exhaust my Z900RS has a very deep sound, and it crackles and pops on decell.
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  14. Big John Sny

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    My Ducati twin, was still the best sounding bike I have ever had.
    I have always found twins to sound better than inline 4's.
    I rode a Daytona with a nice exhaust I found pleasant with the triple also.
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  15. Tenacious B

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    Aprilia V4 with a pipe can't be beat imho. When I'm at the track those are the bikes who's sound turns my head.
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    I live a couple miles from a Ducati dealership and I can always tell when one is rolling past the house. Especially the Panigales. Even stock those things are so loud your ears ring after a short ride!
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  17. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    All of Triumph's current modern classic bikes sound amazing right from the factory. Nice tone, not too loud, with deep, "feel it in your chest" notes. This includes everything from the Street Twin (which might actually be the best sounding of the bunch) to the Thruxton R to the Speedmaster to the Speed Twin. All of their current P-twin engines sound great and they put nice exhausts on them.
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  18. haystack

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  19. Mr. B

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    My Stelvio 1200 had a very ominous rumble at low revs, but sounded more like a Ferrari when you wound it up.
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  20. redneckK20

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    *Crossplane. Flat plane is was most I4's have giving them their high pitched shriek.

    Oddly enough my Super Tenere 1200 with the cat removed and a Two Brothers slip on minus the baffle was my favorite sounding bike that I've owned.
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