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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-10-2019, 03:17 AM Thread Starter
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VT800 vs. VT1100 exhaust sound


If we compare the exhaust sounds on a VT800 vs. a VT1100, is there much difference? Both would use custom pipes without baffles....
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If we compare the exhaust sounds on a VT800 vs. a VT1100, is there much difference? Both would use custom pipes without baffles....

Very little difference actually.

A funny thing I've noticed on Youtube videos of custom exhausts without baffles on dual pin crank bikes like our 1100's and 750's is that the videos are often shot with the bike idling really low because the owner turned down the idle speed to as low as possible in order to get the 'sound' of a loping Harley. Sometimes they will be idling so low that you swear they will stall. I always think to myself and wonder if the owner realizes that a bike running at that low an rpm is not getting any oil to the top end of the motor.

Another thing I notice a lot is that the bike is rarely revved up high during the 'demo video'. Probably because they sound worse the higher you rev them.

In other words, they only sound good while the bike is idling at 200 rpm (instead of the correct 1,000 rpm) at the Dairy Queen as the owner slowly puts on his jacket, gloves, etc.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-10-2019, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, it seems that the sound becomes worse when revving in neutral...but when in gear and driving the sound is much better/cooler! =)

Here is a video of a really nice sounding 750cc Shadow:

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That does sound nice but, How is it when you are sitting right on top of those pipes going down the road for an hour? Ear plugs time.

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That is the only Shadow with custom exhaust that I actually like the sound of. Still for me, I prefer quiet over cool. I would be deaf by the time I got to work...

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The ACE Tourer, Sabre, Spirit/VT1100C are twin pin motors.The ACE 1100's are single pin except the last year I believe some are twin pins. All smaller displacement Shadow models are single pin thus sound better than ANY twin pin.

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I like the sound of my twin pin, I don't care for HDs (I live next to a biker bar and I have to listen to the drunk morons flying by at closing time on their HDs) and I don't want my bike to sound like one.

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Those sound like V&H Cruzers with the baffles removed.
I personally don't shift my bike at 2500 rpm, so I'm pretty sure I'd have more than just one dog barking if I tried something like that.

I too prefer relatively quiet to avoid attracting heat.
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