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Old 01-23-2011, 11:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sportster too quiet, what can I do?

I took a brand new 2011 Sportster Superlow 883 on a test run, but it's very quiet to what I have heard from other Harley's. Yet on their website they claim it has the classic HD "rumble" sound.

What are my options? Is there anything I can do to make it louder if I buy one? Apparently they have to quieten them down to be allowed to sell them.
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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FatTony2012, lots of stuff can be done to give you that rumble or make it louder. Search on this forum for pipes for your Sportie - you'll get some great ideas. Or even talk with your dealer. Did you get a Parts and Accessories Catalog? That's another great resource.
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Old 01-24-2011, 03:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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FatTony2012, lots of stuff can be done to give you that rumble or make it louder. Search on this forum for pipes for your Sportie - you'll get some great ideas. Or even talk with your dealer. Did you get a Parts and Accessories Catalog? That's another great resource.
I am disappointed because I thought I could buy a brand new 2011 Sporster Superlow and have it come with the rumble sound without having to add new pipes. Disappointing indeed.
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You wouldnt have to buy a new exhaust system, just some slip ons.
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Old 01-24-2011, 04:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You wouldnt have to buy a new exhaust system, just some slip ons.
What do you mean slip ons? Because when I rang the dealer they told me I have to pay an extra $600 so they will then put on new exhaust pipes so it sounds louder and has the rumble sound.
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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What do you mean slip ons? Because when I rang the dealer they told me I have to pay an extra $600 so they will then put on new exhaust pipes so it sounds louder and has the rumble sound.
Slip-On's = Mufflers. You don't need the entire exhaust system for a better sound, just the mufflers which 'slip-on' the exhaust tubes.
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:45 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Ok so, have you BOUGHT this bike yet?
Or is it the bloody sound that has you on the fence about it?
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I have 2009 sportster 1200N. It sounded ok when I bough it but wanted somethig just a lttle louder. Just had V&H short shot staggers put on yesterday. Sounds awesome but maybe just a little too loud..not!! My husband thinks so tho. Was gonna go with the slip-ons but wanted something shorter but louder.
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I have 2009 sportster 1200N. It sounded ok when I bough it but wanted somethig just a lttle louder. Just had V&H short shot staggers put on yesterday. Sounds awesome but maybe just a little too loud..not!! My husband thinks so tho. Was gonna go with the slip-ons but wanted something shorter but louder.
I told you those short pipes would be loud, that's why I recommended the longer V&H pipes. I'm sure you'll wish you listened to me when those pipes are roaring right next to your ear when you're out riding for a few hours straight.
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You can go wrong the cycle shack slipon's. I have had them on my sporty for the past 4 years. Best bang for you buck.
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Get a 2 foot piece of re-bar and sharpen it to a point on one end. Insert it into each muffler and wack it with a hammer until it "punches the baffle". Opens up the mufflers, gives you more sound, costs nothing. This will get you by while you are saving up for future mods.
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Old 01-30-2011, 09:43 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I told you those short pipes would be loud, that's why I recommended the longer V&H pipes. I'm sure you'll wish you listened to me when those pipes are roaring right next to your ear when you're out riding for a few hours straight.
It will be ok, I've already been told I have to ride in the back of the line. Will let ya know as soon as we get rid of all this snow and get some warmer weather here.
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