Highway sounds of the V-Strom 650
Bought my '07 650 w/ ABS a couple of weeks ago and been riding it to work every day. It runs great, gas mileage seems good (haven't topped it off yet to get a number), and it's a blast to ride. However, I'm not used to riding this bike, and the engine sounds way different than anything I have ridden...so not sure if it is supposed to sound like this, or if there is a problem. Nobody I know rides a V-Strom that I can swap bikes with for a trip down the interstate, so I'll ask the group here.
Engine, especially at highway or interstate speeds, sounds like a very tinny, metallic marble infested, bad quality chainsaw or weed whacker on high. At slower side-street speeds, it sounds more "firm" and "bass rich" like I would expect a VTwin to sound. Of course it is impossible to describe a sound.
I do have a Staintune exhaust, but I can clearly hear the engine itself, especially when tucking down by the tank and listening to the front of the engine. I'm able to differentiate the sounds from the engine and the exhaust.
I'm used to Harley V-twins...deep, constant cadence of noise from the engine, no matter the speed. This 650 sounds very "treble" like, and really like a low quality gas powered lawn tool at high faster speeds.
So...is this what it is supposed to sound like?
Better yet...anybody in the Indianapolis area willing to swap out bikes for a ride this weekend for a few miles? :mrgreen:
Lighten up, Francis. If you can't take some sarcasm, an Internet forum is the last place you should be.
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