There are many sounds that motorcycles make. These sounds can come from the exhaust, stereo, other additions such as a deer whistler or Gremlin bell. The two main sound you listen for are the rumble of the exhaust or your stereo over powering road noise.
The exhaust enthusiasts listen for that rumble. When you put an exhaust system on your bike there are a few things to consider before replacing/upgrading. Does the bike have an open air cleaner already installed? Does the bike have a fuel programmer? Will the exhaust restrict you from checking your transmission fluid or oil?
Why is it important to have an open air cleaner? When you change the exhaust and/or air cleaner you are allowing the engine to breathe more air in turn making the engine run lean. If you run the engine lean it will run hotter. Running hotter the engine will start making a knocking sound from the spark not igniting the proper fuel amount. This may potentially melt a head or the piston top. All motorcycles come from the factory programmed on the lean side in order to meet EPA standards.
The question that seems to come up most is can you remove the baffles? There are a few reasons we do not prefer to remove the baffles. First of all, according to the department of transportation, you are required to have baffles. Secondly, when you remove your baffles, you cause the bike to run lean. Thirdly you lose performance with the baffles removed. All name brand exhaust have been engineered to be used wht the baffles in them. When you remove the baffles you lose all back pressure and in turn you lose torque and horse power.
The other sound so many love is music. Individuals looking to upgrade their sound system may be looking for clarity, base or just plain loud music. The things you need to consider when adding a new stereo system are where and how many speakers you would like. Are you just wanting the stock system to sound better or do you want to add a shit load of speakers? If you are adding speakers, consider the brand of speakers, what kind of amplifiers are necessary and what amount of power the system will hold. Also, what style of sound are you wanting? Is it clear or is it heavy base or loud? All are achievable the the proper equipment.
As you see, there are several ways to make your bike RUMBLE. Make sure you educate yourself before making that final decision whether it is exhaust or a stereo system. Stop by the shop and our knowledgeable staff will guide you to making the best decision for your specific needs.
Til next time, Sparky