How Does Your Motorcycle Sound To You And To Others?

What people hear and what you hear from the saddle when you ride are 2 very different sounds. A demo by S&S Cycle with their Race Tour Mufflers for Harley tourers.

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7 Responses to “How Does Your Motorcycle Sound To You And To Others?”


  1. 1 Joe Reyner Sep 25th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Long time I want to tape both sounds on my bike. Will do it this evening.

  2. 2 BobS Sep 25th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    A 3 minute video on a performance pipe. 2:55 dedicated to what they sound like, :05 seconds to mention performance, and zero dyno graphs showing any “proven performance”. A good sounding pipe is all well and good but why don’t they just call them “Deep Throaty Rumble” pipes and quit pretending this is about performance?

  3. 3 Doc Robinson Sep 26th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I had these exact pipes fitted to my 2012 Road Glide last week. They look great, sound awesome and, given my experience with other S&S exhaust systems, I expect the dyno chart will show good numbers as soon as I can book it in for some power runs.

  4. 4 Jusmecuz Sep 26th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Hell, it’s S&S… they don’t have to “prove” anything. They’re the kings of performance in the V-twin industry and have been for MANY years. They’re not pretending, it’s for real. Also, those are mufflers, not pipes.

  5. 5 Doc Robinson Sep 26th, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Of course they are mufflers. That’s what the heading refers to, a “muffler demo”. I used the term ‘pipes’ as a generic reference to the whole system. You can be sure S&S had their own headers on this bike, so strictly speaking, the sound generated is the sound of the header pipes and mufflers combined. Different headers, with the same mufflers can sound somewhat different.

  6. 6 Jusmecuz Sep 27th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Hey doc, my post wasn’t meant for you. I was referring to the post made by BobS.

  7. 7 BobS Sep 27th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Jusmecuz watch the video, they show a complete system, header, muffler, and end cap. Otherwise referred to as “pipes”. I know S&S makes good stuff, I have their intake on my bike. The pretending part is a 3:00 minute video about a muffler called “race tour” with a performance claim…except the entire video is about sound. The video proves the sound, not the performance.

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