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Am I in a minority hating 'loud' exhaust

  • Yes you old git get over it

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Controversial? I dunno :)

Maybe I'm getting old...

I did use to have crazy loud pipes on a 748 and never really thought much about how loud it was - I was wearing ear plugs after all! :oops: So maybe I just have more empathy...

I'm not saying I don't like a 'nice sounding' exhaust and I guess that may mean this post is on very subjective grounds but I think it's really annoying sitting outside a cafe having to pause conversations while a bike goes past with a very loud pipe.

I want to upgrade mine from stock eventually but will be keen to listen to whatever I decide to stick on before I do.

Am I on my own with this train of thought. Should I be banished from the forum :p?
 

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I have the same thoughts and have the feeling that some 2 wheeled riders are compensating for a certain part of their bodies with the sound of their exhaust.

I´m all for a nice sound but not at the cost of volume.
 

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I'll stay out of this one until someone quantifies "loud" with a dBa figure.
Sweet sound ? - not with that stock pipe you won't.
 

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Good question, I subscribe to it being important to be heard but not to cause pain! I have a Remus that sounds great but I keep the baffles in so I dont make children cry. If you have a 'big' noise potential, it's often down to excessive use of the throttle that ruins the party.
 

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I'm with you on this one.

Nice sound - all good.

Loud - no thanks.

Mind you, I'm officially old (according to my daughter), so I'm probably hoping for a nice quiet rest in my coffin :/

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I used to love the sound of my SV650 with an exhaust that had the db killer out. Kept it that way the whole 6 years I had it. However now I am far happier running an SC Project Conic with db killer along with a race air filter and this combo gives the scrambler a very nice sound that is neither too loud or quiet. Others who have heard it agree with me so I wont be riding the bike without the db killer and scaring some poor old lady or kid as I ride by...
 

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Loud pipes, loud, blasting, head jarring radios, diesel pickups that roll big clouds of black smoke.....these things provoke bad thoughts in me.

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I'll stay out of this one until someone quantifies "loud" with a dBa figure.
Sweet sound ? - not with that stock pipe you won't.
I think all after market exhausts should come with a card that states it is homologated certified for the country in which it is to be used. I have one for my SC Projects but it would be void if you ran the exhaust on the street sans db killer.

 

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I can't read Europeanish but I don't see any mention of a dB killer or a dBa figure. Any card or plate in Australia requires a manufacturer id and a dBa figure so such an item is useless here. I know we are a backard colony but we like it.
This still might not protect you from the constabulary though . ...but will make you heard by the great unwashed as they navigate the Queen's highways whilst reading newspaper's, drinking latte's, listening to those oh so funny guys on commercial FM and driving 2 tonnes of metal and plastic at 60 kmh +.
So I guess I ask what good your card is?

Also I will offer to those seeing an inverse correlation between manhood size and loud exhausts the following. ...
In my experience, small penises are held by those who like to tell others what to do. I know this as my ex Mother in law did in fact have a small penis.
Motorcyclists - real ones - live and let live.
 

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I can't read Europeanish but I don't see any mention of a dB killer or a dBa figure. Any card or plate in Australia requires a manufacturer id and a dBa figure so such an item is useless here. I know we are a backard colony but we like it.
This still might not protect you from the constabulary though . ...but will make you heard by the great unwashed as they navigate the Queen's highways whilst reading newspaper's, drinking latte's, listening to those oh so funny guys on commercial FM and driving 2 tonnes of metal and plastic at 60 kmh +.
So I guess I ask what good your card is?

Also I will offer to those seeing an inverse correlation between manhood size and loud exhausts the following. ...
In my experience, small penises are held by those who like to tell others what to do. I know this as my ex Mother in law did in fact have a small penis.
Motorcyclists - real ones - live and let live.
No mention of the db killer as you say but it does show what it confirms to at the bottom on reverse of card which I was told is bit about sound level....

 

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I got mixed feelings about this.
On the Scrambler I must have the db killer out on the high rise Termi but I'm happy with the more muted sound on my MV Agusta Stradale when I ride that.(sounds lovely when you open her up though).
 

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I think a little common sense goes a long way here. I see the problem as less about a loud exhaust and more about someone trying to say "look at me". If cruising by a roadside cafe (where the speed limit is usually greatly reduced) why goose the throttle to "cause" everyone to pause their conversations? I believe that is where the "compensation" factor lies. "Look at me and my loud motorcycle". Big deal, anyone can buy a big loud motorcycle. I realize that some people are trying to establish an identity as an ***hole, so I won't address those...
That being said, for the most part I enjoy a freer flowing exhaust because it really allows you to "hear" and "feel" the engine in a way that stock rarely provides. If I'm sitting at a roadside cafe (or a stoplight), I enjoy hearing the engines as they approach so I can try and guess what it is before visual confirmation.
Basically, I think you can have a loud exhaust and not be an ***hole. And conversely you can have a quiet exhaust and still be an ***hole.
 

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Sc project with or without DB sounds great and not overly loud, now Danmoto xg-1 OMG without baffles I thought the world had imploded! It can only be described as mental! I rode 1 mile and returned home to take it back off until I get some universal baffles fitted (great looking exhaust though).
 

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I like a little louder than stock if possible. . as long as t is a good sound.

There is definitely such a thing as too loud though.
 

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No mention of the db killer as you say but it does show what it confirms to at the bottom on reverse of card which I was told is bit about sound level....

Well, that does look like it might give some weight to a roadside discussion with the coppers. I wish I had one with my Termi.
I take it back (The bit about the card being useless, not the bit about the ex mother in law's penis)
 

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I asked the accessories desk at the dealer if they had an exhaust quieter than stock. She looked at me with a blank stare for several seconds.
 

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Well, that does look like it might give some weight to a roadside discussion with the coppers. I wish I had one with my Termi.
I take it back (The bit about the card being useless, not the bit about the ex mother in law's penis)
The 97/24/EU means that the Exhaust conforms to a max. of 80db, the removal of the DB-Eater renders the Bike unroadworthy no matter what.

For 2017 all Exhaust Manufacturers will only be able to produce exhausts for the European Market if the DB-Eater is welded in, making removal impossible. 2017 also sees the introduction of EURO4 in Europe which then only allows a max. of 72db.

In Germany they go one step further, by fitting an Exhaust even conform to 97/24EU but removing the Catalyser renders the Bike unroadworthy and you lose all Insurance cover. Similarily changes to the ECU will also result in loss of Insurance Cover.
 
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