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Old 08-13-2008, 09:13 AM   #11
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they really do. I don't think I've ever heard one that sounded good, just tinny and loud.
That offset crankpin does the sound no favors. Great for balance.. rotten for that cruiser stacatto pulse.
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Old 08-13-2008, 12:28 PM   #12
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They always make me think of a lawnmower with no muffler...
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Old 08-13-2008, 12:43 PM   #13
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They always make me think of a lawnmower with no muffler...
The offset-crankpin 52-degree V-twin configuration that Honda primarily uses DOES sound better with a 2-into-1 exhaust (i.e. on a HawkGT - but then the Hawk can rev to 9500rpm, so the "rumpeta-rumpeta" sound is a moot point). Not FANTASTIC, but Better. However, as the individual twin pipes are what's "cool" ('cuz that thang needs 'a BRETHE y'all! - or sumptin') on a Cruiser, typically the Shadow and VTX sound like a big Briggs and Stratton.

Or hammered catshyte.

You're better off just letting them be "quiet" and stock.

That, or trade it in on a Harley if you want "that sound", 'cuz you'll never get it with those bikes, no matter WHAT you do to the pipes.
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:03 AM   #14
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I remember someone older (hard to do) and wiser (easier) than I telling me that if I want my bike louder I'd screw with the airbox since that's closer to my ears. I think his point was that it's a waste of time, though it makes some sense. If you've ever removed the airbox lid on a bike you know what he meant.
If you're going to bolt a less restricted exhaust on your bike, which we aren't recommending for a number of reasons, you'll need to invest some money in a power commander or the like to get the most performance out of it. Otherwise you just tend to lean things out, and typically bikes start out lean for environmental reasons.
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:44 AM   #15
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I remember someone older (hard to do) and wiser (easier) than I telling me that if I want my bike louder I'd screw with the airbox since that's closer to my ears. I think his point was that it's a waste of time, though it makes some sense. If you've ever removed the airbox lid on a bike you know what he meant.
If you're going to bolt a less restricted exhaust on your bike, which we aren't recommending for a number of reasons, you'll need to invest some money in a power commander or the like to get the most performance out of it. Otherwise you just tend to lean things out, and typically bikes start out lean for environmental reasons.
You do realize you used the word "performance" in a Spirit thread?
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:29 AM   #16
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Hey ! it's a Honda, performance is their middle name !
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Old 08-14-2008, 12:29 PM   #17
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Hey ! it's a Honda, performance is their middle name !
I thought "Milquetoast" was their Middle Name?
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Old 08-14-2008, 01:28 PM   #18
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No need to buy a new exhaust, AJ. You can drill or hammer out the baffles in the stock pipes. Just pull the mufflers off and go in from both ends. I use a 5' length of all-thread with a hole saw bolted on the end. Just find one that fits inside the muffler and drill. The baffles can also be hammered out, but drilling is a little more managable.

Your kidding right?
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Old 08-14-2008, 02:07 PM   #19
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Their are many exhaust that you can get to make your bike sound better.(V&H / Hard Crome /Cobra) Now Iam not going to argue what sounds better online becuase thats just stupid. What sounds good to one may sound like crap to another. Personally I was very surprised when I installed a jetkit and a set of V&H full exhaust on a VT750. It was so dam loud I couldnt believe it. It sounded like a totally different bike.

Always install a jetkit with a slip on but its mandatory when installing a full exhaust. Never ever think your going to gain any performance from drilling or pulling your baffles out. I'll agree you gain sound but thats it! You will also lose power and the bike will not run as efficiently.

If the exhasut and jetkit is installed properly it will give you a more reponsive throttle and typiclly more hp and in my book that equals performance yes I said performance and spirit in the same sentance.
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Old 08-14-2008, 02:45 PM   #20
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Your kidding right?
Yes, I'm kidding. Stick around, after the 256th post from somebody trying to make their bike louder, you'll jump in too. Or there's this old MO favorite:

"Drain all the fluids from the motorcycle and remove the battery. Submerge the motorcycle in salt water (preferably warm) for 3 to 5 days, depending on the salinity levels. Remove the motorcycle from the water and dry it thoroughly. Discard the motorcycle."
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