Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Marblemount, Washington
The V-twins do have a nice sound, and there's no need to turn the exhaust into a megaphone to appreciate it.
Many well-tuned engines have wonderful sounds. I once read an article that described the big "built" Mopar in a moonshiner's car as "hot black thunder."
I grew up an airport brat. The Harley guys only think they sound cool, because they've never heard a Rolls Merlin V-12. Have a P51D power dive and make a ground level pass in front of you at close to 500 mph, then pull up hard with all 1,650 cubic inches of that mighty Rolls Merlin in full song, firing out of six short curved stacks on each side. God! It will bring tears to your eyes and make the hair on the back of your neck stand up! Maybe we won the war because P51's and Spitfires had the most beautiful engine ever made. The guys with the ugly planes didn't deserve to win.
I've heard it. I know nothing else will ever sound like it (Allisons are similar but not the same), so I'm not going to waste time trying to make my bike "sound cool."
Private vehicles, guns and home schooling make the collectivists uneasy. They grant to the individual a degree of independence of action which terrifies the champions of the super state. They do not wish you freedom to move around, to protect yourself, to decide what your children should be taught. Such things reduce the power of the state over the citizen.