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post #21 of 56 Old 09-24-2017, 03:06 PM
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Yep, I like 'em quiet. The Lexx sounds nice, but I still prefer a quieter bike.
My way of treading lightly.
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post #22 of 56 Old 09-24-2017, 04:10 PM
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I like quieter exhaust than any aftermarket manufacturer currently produces.

If the US EPA and other international regulatory agencies would allow the OEMs to build to about the 1982 USA noise limit of I believe 84dba fewer owners would feel the desire to open up the volume.
The current requirement is 80dba on the EPA drive by test course.

Do I understand correctly that each +1dba is twice as loud? Most 1980-1985 bikes sounded pretty reasonable to my ears.

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post #23 of 56 Old 09-24-2017, 10:05 PM
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I like them quiet.
If you're relying on being loud enough to get the attention of the distracted driver looking at their phone, drinking their starbucks, and with a couple screaming kids, while caged away in their luxury SUV, you're in for trouble. Nothing can get these idiots to pay attention.

I hear bikes from my bedroom all the time, but especially Friday and Saturday night around the time the bars close. Sucks living in the city, where I can here the obnoxiously loud harleys over a mile away. And I hear them all the time from the 12th floor of my office at work behind 1" thick glass.

There is a difference between a nice sounding exhaust, and an exhaust so loud that it's only purpose is to say: "Look at me."
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post #24 of 56 Old 10-22-2017, 10:28 AM
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Related side note: I wanna print up a bunch of stickers that say " Loud COLORS save lives" in various Hi-Viz shades


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post #25 of 56 Old 10-22-2017, 11:54 AM
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I pulled up to a stop light a while back on my KLR (I've done the 2" mod to the end of it after I took off the Jardine can), and I folded my hands on my tank bag while waiting. I listened to my "pup,pup,pup,pup,pup,pup as I looked around and watched the cars go by.
Up pulls the Harley with straights on it. He nods at me, I acknowledge him, and then he starts in with the BRAAM, BRAAM, BRAAAAAAAAM! while he's sitting there.

Really? Save lives?

It's more like "LOOK AT ME!

I vote no for the loud pipes.

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I pulled up to a stop light a while back on my KLR (I've done the 2" mod to the end of it after I took off the Jardine can), and I folded my hands on my tank bag while waiting. I listened to my "pup,pup,pup,pup,pup,pup as I looked around and watched the cars go by.

Up pulls the Harley with straights on it. He nods at me, I acknowledge him, and then he starts in with the BRAAM, BRAAM, BRAAAAAAAAM! while he's sitting there.



Really? Save lives?



It's more like "LOOK AT ME!



I vote no for the loud pipes.


Sounds like that South Park episode


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post #27 of 56 Old 10-23-2017, 11:20 AM
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I don't mine someone adding a little extra sound. When it gets annoying that's over the line IMO...
I don't mind the stock KLR.

BTW: I'm told by some Harley riders at work, yes they talk to me, the reason some guys rev the engines at stop lights is to ensure the oil pressure stays up...Could be BS, but it is a story.
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BTW: I'm told by some Harley riders at work, yes they talk to me, the reason some guys rev the engines at stop lights is to ensure the oil pressure stays up...Could be BS, but it is a story.
Maybe HD riders could use some of my PDW oil mods on their engines oil flow system?
So the general public wouldn't have to listen to them.

The HD engine is a rolling element crankshaft, similar to the KLR. A rolling element crankshaft really doesn't need pressure, just a continuous flow. But the HD hydraulic valve tappets need more pressure than any portion of a KLR engine.
Could be plausible or not.
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post #29 of 56 Old 10-23-2017, 04:39 PM
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All my Harley's have remained with a stock exhaust, except my 87 Sporty, (30 yrs ago).

You never hear a cager saying I never heard him coming, it's always I never saw him.

I ride with a white helmet as they stand out, and my 14 Limited looks like a lit up Xmas tree (all stock). Not crazy on HiViz, doesn't go well with the leathers, but my rain suit is HiViz.

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I pulled up to a stop light a while back on my KLR (I've done the 2" mod to the end of it after I took off the Jardine can), and I folded my hands on my tank bag while waiting. I listened to my "pup,pup,pup,pup,pup,pup as I looked around and watched the cars go by.

Up pulls the Harley with straights on it. He nods at me, I acknowledge him, and then he starts in with the BRAAM, BRAAM, BRAAAAAAAAM! while he's sitting there.



Really? Save lives?



It's more like "LOOK AT ME!



I vote no for the loud pipes.


"Harley Davidson : Converting Gasoline to Noise without the unwanted side effect of SPEED since 1903"
I kid! I Kid! But seriously, my KLR was bought used with a pretty loud exhaust. Not straight pipe loud, but not quite put-put-put stock quiet. Actually when idling, it can sometimes be mistaken for the UH-1 Huey's we have stationed on base up here. My KLX 250 and VTR250 Chickenhawk (my other 250) are both sewing machine smooth and quiet with stock exhaust.
All things considered, I wouldn't mind a set of Supertrapp slip-ons on my Yamaha V-Max. They look and sound pretty good with the Supertrapps and it saves a lot of weight over stock.



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