Why would you want your metric sound like a Harley? Want the Harley sound buy a Harley..Pay all that big money for a name. or buy a Honda for fraction of the cost and have fun.
Exactly the point. Why bother to try to make it sound like that. But, there are guys who do.
Actually the Honda costs more.
HD Iron 883 starts at $7,999 MSRP
Sportster® Iron 883 XL883N | Custom Motorcycle | Harley-Davidson USA
Honda Shadows start with a base MSRP of $8,240.
After hole saw and some baffle punching, my Shadow sounds louder on the bike than it does off of it. I had a friend run it up the road and back yesterday and even just a few feet away and as he took off up the road I was surprised at the sound. It was a very mellow sound that I liked, but it wasn't as loud in operation off the bike as it seems on it.
Even on the bike it has a pleasant tone to it though. It's not ear splitting and with additional rumble from the desnorkled air intake it just has a clean, warm, and somewhat throaty sound to it.
I too prefer tone in the pipes instead of just loud. If the pipes are just loud, but don't have that sweetness to them, bleh.
Just as in cars, there are certain ones that just sound sweet. The older Fiat Sport Spyders, Ferrari (such a bell like tone at idle then that near orgasmic ripping through the gears), the BMW six cylinder of the 80s.
EJ, loved the "tater-tot"! I'm still chuckling over that.
I too like that special Harley sound. That it takes a Harley to make that sound is why it is a special sound and nothing else is going to sound just like it. Or should.