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I don't want a loud bike but I'd like to be able to hear the engine some. Anybody had good luck, or bad luck, with any aftermarket exhausts?
 

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Got Motad stainless steel on my 1500 and they sound great. Bit of noise but not too much that makes grannies want to jump with fright. Just fitted the S/S frontpipes as well a few months ago as I blew through the pipes that were fitted. To rusty to weld so bit the bullet. Got them online £50 cheaper than my local dealer could supply the same pipes for.
 

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Thanks for the response. I've got the GL1800. I'm faced with either Cobra, Torq Master or one other brand. They all seem to sound about the same on the internet but would like to hear some in person. Don't know about the quality of each either. I just don't want my motorcycle to be quieter than my car . . .
 

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Exhaust mod

I have a 93 Gl1500 ,love the bike but was wanting a bit more sound.In an experiment I ground off the rivets holding the restrictive stock turndowns in the mufflers and fired the bike.Sounds like a Ferrari.After I decided to keep things that way I trimmed the remaining pipe flush with the muffler end and had 4" chrome dumps bumped up slightly to slip over the weld on the muffler end and welded the with my MIG on the inside so the weld isn't visible.I've had many compliments on the modification and the sound difference.If anyone would like pics of the finished product flip me your email and I'll send them off.
 

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my 1200 makes way more noise than my 1500 and no i don't want more noise it's annoying on long rides
 

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I don't want a loud bike but I'd like to be able to hear the engine some. Anybody had good luck, or bad luck, with any aftermarket exhausts?
I almost got stuck with that one too. Some buddies on another forum made me realize I was listening to my riding pals (mostly HD's) and looking more to their tastes rather than my own. Riding Japanese is never going to win in that circle anyway, no matter what it actually is; some tolerate but most will (not openly usually) ridicule somehow. I can see the allure in making a 'strong silent type' GL shriek like a Porsche 959 with the tap wide open (I had a custom cruiser with :eek: shotguns) under certain conditions. The Torquemaster Exotics with a set of Torque Tuubs would do it but it's not really what a Goldwing is about. But let's see, there are removeable quiet baffles (+2db over stock) for when the Mrs. is aboard....hmmm:rolleyes:
 

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exhaust "noise"

Interesting topic, I have owned my goldwing for a month now. It is a 2006 model year with Torq master exhaust installed by the dealer.
I find at crusing speeds the harmonic resonance is bothersome and gives me a headache on longer rides. I am considering going back to stock. I picked the goldwing for a comfortable cruze. This exhause is just not enjoyable to me. This is my first day on the forum, I came here looking for this topic!
 

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If you still have the stock system the I'd say go back to it. If not, then contact Torquemaster and get a set of the baffles to tone it down a might. I've spoken with them and they're super folks. Still torn with my decision; kinda like the idea of shakin' up my Harley friends a bit. They can't catch me unless I let 'em, but it would be fun to pinch their ears for a change.
 

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Heard What I Want

This past weekend we were taking a break at a local gas station, many bikes were in and out while several of us hung out. I heard something pulling in that caught my attention and behold it was another 08 wing just like the one I own. I have been researching exhausts so I decided to ask this owner what brand did he have, he replied Cobra. When his group pulled off several people still in the parking lot comented on how good that wing sounded. ASAP I will be adding the cobra pipes to mine.
 

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So what DID it sound like? Fuller, deeper, how much louder etc? Part of the allure of the Wing is it's quiet but powerful engine. I've heard Valkrie 1500's with six-pack pipes that wail like a Porsche at full song, and it is pretty cool, but they are loud; not what I would consider tasteful on a big tourer.
 

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I like being a little different.

I'm running a '78 GL1000 with a Weber 28/30 and 36 inch straight pipes 1 3/4 I.D. with out baffles. I enjoy the full chorus when I ride.:p

This combo is giving me better than 40 mpg and will run 0 to 70 in a very respectable time. 70 is 5k on the tach in third, and also 20 over the speed limit for 11 miles from where I am sitting right now. :rolleyes:

I like it this way.:D
 

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Cobra Pipes

I started a thread a month or two back asking this same question. Not much out there in the way of help. I checked all I could online and even ran into a few people with different exhaust out on the road. I found the Cobra to look good and sound decent on anothers GL. I went ahead and bought the Cobras and installed on my 08 GL1800 and they sound awesome!! Quite a bit louder than stock. It was hard to tell in my garage when I started it up, but on the road you hear the difference. Going through underpasses or tunnels and you can really hear them. Now, having said that, let me also say that the resonance is quite bothersome. And since I am a little youner than the average GL rider and got off a VTX1800 with loud pipes for me to say this must mean it is worste than it sounds. But I kept the stock exhaust and have no plans on putting it back on. I have only about 300 miles on them since install and once I go on a long trip I might change my mind. So for now I say, If you bought your Wing for a nice quiet long haul cruiser, leave it alone, if you bought it for any other reason, put the aftermarket exhaust on it, just do not get rid of your stock pipes, you may still want them.
 

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Haven't ever been knocked off your machine by a cager yet, have you?:eek:

Loud Pipes DO Save Lives!:D
I have heard that before that loud mufflers save lives, I'm not so sure about that, but do belive the flashing head lites do.Thats just my better choice. Loud mufflers in my younger days I guess, but not any more. I prefer to just cruise in silence now.
 

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I'm almost 60, and I prefer the pipes louder.
The pulsating headlight thing is really not feasable with the early wings minimal electrical systems. They are under enough of a stress as it is.
Plus the pulsing headlight won't do a thing for you if the cagers are trying to switch lanes in to you from behind or the sides.
The loud pipes keep them off your tail.
 

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I'm almost 60, and I prefer the pipes louder.
The pulsating headlight thing is really not feasable with the early wings minimal electrical systems. They are under enough of a stress as it is.
Plus the pulsing headlight won't do a thing for you if the cagers are trying to switch lanes in to you from behind or the sides.
The loud pipes keep them off your tail.
ok, I wasn't thinking about my tail ,good thought. But I don't see any more currant drawn because of the flashing head light that I was aware of.I now for sure will change my 1157s to Leds to help. I agree with the older bikes about lacking decent amperage output. When I first got mine and drove around the city only at very low RPM for a few days, I noticed the newer battery was getting weak to start. I now put a battery tender on all the time. WA9FWT Phil
 
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