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May 5th 2019, 08:27 AM   #1
 TimberMoto's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Salem, Oregon

  Supermoto Dreaming...
Oh the sounds these bikes make!

I happened upon this gem on accident, but holy crap this bike sounds amazing! I especially like the look of the one at EDIT: 3:59.

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Edited by TimberMoto on May 6th 2019 at 12:03 PM
May 5th 2019, 09:51 AM   #2
HTS
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  Jan 2016
  Bellingham

  CBR600RRRC51DRZ400SM
"Honda Music"... the CBX was certainly a bike that sounded ahead of its time. The sound alone sold an RC51 to yours truly. Honda seems to have a way with great sounding machinery.
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May 5th 2019, 11:18 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Emmett Idaho

  2010 Honda Goldwing, 2007 Suzuki Burgman 650, 2005 Kawasaki KLR 650, 1995 Honda PC800
If you think that sounds good you should hear the sound of Mike Hailwood running through the gears of his 18,000 RPM Honda RC166.

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May 5th 2019, 12:24 PM   #4
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  Mar 2016
  Maple Falls

  '02 ZX6R
Quote:
Originally Posted by HTS
"Honda Music"... the CBX was certainly a bike that sounded ahead of its time. The sound alone sold an RC51 to yours truly. Honda seems to have a way with great sounding machinery.
everyone knows a kawi 750 H2 is the best sounding bike!
May 5th 2019, 09:24 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Ducati Diavel, Aprilia Scarabeo
The best sounding bike is Panigale.
May 6th 2019, 12:10 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Emmett Idaho

  2010 Honda Goldwing, 2007 Suzuki Burgman 650, 2005 Kawasaki KLR 650, 1995 Honda PC800
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Originally Posted by DarthVader
everyone knows a kawi 750 H2 is the best sounding bike!
Oh yeah. Helen Keller said that that the H2 was the best sounding bike she ever heard and the best looking bike she ever saw.
May 6th 2019, 02:22 PM   #7
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  Sep 2016
  Salem, OR

  2008 CBR1000RR
I was just looking at a CBX on Craigslist and convinced myself I didnt need it until I heard this.
May 6th 2019, 03:54 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Washington County

  H-D
Pretty near every subject can be weighted with pluses and minuses. Recent posts on this forum have pontificated on both electric motorcycles and "loud pipes." Speaking strictly for myself, the sound of the CBX, the sound of two-strokes, the sounds of the big flat trackers of the 1970's; all of these are music to my ears. Cars too. I witnessed the USRRC and Can-Am championships. Last year's Historic Car Races at PIR featured Formula 1 machines.

So the minuses could be carbon emissions and hearing damage. But the sounds! Oh, the sounds! I love 'em. Thanks for posting that video.
May 6th 2019, 05:08 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  2006 FZ1, 1999 R1
Interesting how technology proceeds but our perception and conception lag behind, even when we experience empirically with our eyes and ears.

Until this, I thought the mighty CBX stood among the gods of the superbike pantheon. The engine’s looks and sound certainly attested to that.

But, in this video, they revealed the middling performance by today’s standards (a 600 supersport would clean up on it in every category). I have to doubt what I believe.

And maybe this takes us to our newest technology: electric. Our entire experience of a motorcycle powerplant has changed.

We have to rejigger our understanding of torque, power, gearing, power-to-weight, emissions, and especially sound. Before, we used sound as the most salient evidence of a machine’s performance. Now maybe we think Watts.

We will soon look at a Panigale and think how crude and what blowhards we were to think it had reached the zenith of two-wheeled excellence.
May 6th 2019, 05:50 PM   #10
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  Sep 2016
  Seabeck

  Africa Twin
May 6th 2019, 05:51 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Washington County

  H-D
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We have to rejigger our understanding of torque, power, gearing, power-to-weight, emissions, and especially sound. Before, we used sound as the most salient evidence of a machine’s performance. Now maybe we think Watts.
Not my point amigo. Ever since I've been riding or driving there have always been folks with faster bikes and faster cars. My comment had to do with the sensory input.
May 6th 2019, 06:19 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  2006 FZ1, 1999 R1
Nostalgia is something different.
May 6th 2019, 06:36 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Washington County

  H-D
... and the older you get, the more important it becomes.
May 6th 2019, 07:35 PM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  2006 FZ1, 1999 R1
I agree, for the most part. We begin to live in the past more than the present or future, probably because we came of age, discovering the world then.

Generally, when I hear an ICE, it makes me think of dead-ends, collossal choices, ignorance.

But if it comes from the sound of a few old timers at a vintage race or show, then I can indulge in my past memories.

My dad loved sports cars and took me from the time I was 6 to watch SCCA races, then CanAm and TransAm races at Mosport, Mid-Ohio, Pocono and Watkins Glen. He had stacks of Autoweek, Road & Track, Car & Driver and we would devour them and argue over the greatest ever this or that.

He longed to buy a Porsche 911, but had to settle for VWs. We had 1965 and ‘66 bugs and I took naps in the scratchy pig hair-lined package space under the back window. That’s how small I was.

Just another way we have to compartmentalize our thinking. That was then and this is now. Perceptions change with new facts.
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May 6th 2019, 11:59 PM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Ducati Diavel, Aprilia Scarabeo
It is hard to pin it on performance or nostalghia. For example, 1970s CB400F is one of the best sounding motorcycles to my years, although it piddling engine would be trounced by most modern scooters, and I have never owned or heard anything like that in my youth.

Some amazing engine sounds are just that. Forever.
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