Motorcycles stir the soul in such an elemental way. There’s a level of engagement with a motorcycle thats on another plane versus all but the most special of cars. Riding is, in many ways, an outright assault on the senses. You don’t just use all your limbs riding a motorcycle; you use your whole body, leaning into turns, transferring weight to where it’s needed. In many ways, motorcycles are the two-piece band of motor culture - the stripped down essence of motor culture.
For bikers, the composition of noises from internal combustion motorcycle engines is a concert. It is often the only form of aural entertainment one can have while riding, so it better be desirable.
So we comprised a list of our favorite motorcycle sounds. Sure, the notes may change depending on whether a given bike has OEM or aftermarket manufacturer exhaust. But, subjectively speaking, regardless of muffler configuration, we think these bikes sound good.
As we always say in these pieces, it’s impossible to include everything – and there’s a lot of omissions just for the sake of editorial space. But here’s what we like. Tell us what you think.