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Default A couple of questions on engine sound...

Ok, I have to admit something.

I hate the sound of my bike's engine. I love the power... the comfort... the look.

Everything about the bike is incredible. Except for that damned engine whine.

I have heard many other XC bikes (both in person and online), and many of them don't have the loud engine whine that mine has.

I thought that I would get used to it. So far, I haven't.

Would installing the PCV/Lloydz intake make any difference? I ask, because there are times when it's much louder than others. I'm not sure if it's becuase the motor is getting more fuel, but it sounds 'throaty' and not quite a whiny.

I don't mean to come off sounding whiny myself. Like I said... I absolutley love the bike. It's just that damned high-pitched whining at anything under 2k RPMs...
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Ok, I have to admit something.

I hate the sound of my bike's engine. I love the power... the comfort... the look.

Everything about the bike is incredible. Except for that damned engine whine.

I have heard many other XC bikes (both in person and online), and many of them don't have the loud engine whine that mine has.

I thought that I would get used to it. So far, I haven't.

Would installing the PCV/Lloydz intake make any difference? I ask, because there are times when it's much louder than others. I'm not sure if it's becuase the motor is getting more fuel, but it sounds 'throaty' and not quite a whiny.

I don't mean to come off sounding whiny myself. Like I said... I absolutley love the bike. It's just that damned high-pitched whining at anything under 2k RPMs...
That whine is the gear driven primary and I quite like it.
However I do have some nice induction noise from Torquetubes as well as the thump thump from my Freedom Performance sharp radius Slash pipes over the top of the whine.

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You can put on louder pipes and you wont notice the whine of the gears in the primary.
It took me some time to get used to the way the motor sounds like a sewing machine but now I kinda like it.
Loydz filter will increase the sucking sound of the air but sounds good.

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I feel the same way love everything about the bike except the engine noise. Most days it don't bother me but sometimes the engine just seems so loud its all i can focus on. Can't say i'll ever get used to the noise but i except its part of the machine. When the noise gets to me i just twist the throttle harder focus on my riding and all else goes away... Best therapy money can buy.

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Ftwflh... I actually do have loud pipes on the bike. Ness Big Honkers. The bike is LOUD. After having people comment on it, I decided to make a video of me driving by. Now I understand what they mean


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When I got my first Vic about 6 yrs ago (04V92TC) I complained about the noises too.Dealer told me it was just the way it was made.After I took the primary cover off I realized he was right.
All bikes make some noises that others dont.
Big Honkers ARE loud

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The sound reminds me of a Ducati.

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Just tossing this out there, but check your belt tension. The dealer adjusted mine (once) and it howled like a banshee. They'd tightened the hell out of it. I loosened it back to spec, and it helped quite a bit.

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The Lloydz timing wheel helps the bike run smoother too so there may be less tension on the primary gears.

In the past people used to complain about the compensator noise. It almost sounds like the bike is getting ready to grenade. There's a fix for that nowadays.

Checking the belt alignment is a good idea too...
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Ok, I have to admit something.



I hate the sound of my bike's engine. I love the power... the comfort... the look.



Everything about the bike is incredible. Except for that damned engine whine.



I have heard many other XC bikes (both in person and online), and many of them don't have the loud engine whine that mine has.



I thought that I would get used to it. So far, I haven't.



Would installing the PCV/Lloydz intake make any difference? I ask, because there are times when it's much louder than others. I'm not sure if it's becuase the motor is getting more fuel, but it sounds 'throaty' and not quite a whiny.



I don't mean to come off sounding whiny myself. Like I said... I absolutley love the bike. It's just that damned high-pitched whining at anything under 2k RPMs...

The PCV, Lloydz timing wheel, Lloydz Air will alleviate the whine a little. I cruise everywhere I go at 3000rpm. Ride at 3000rpm shift at 4500rpm. I haven't noticed the whine since my first Vic in 2012... The first time I rode one that same whine almost turned me around before I made it a mile.
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