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Wonder if there will be any aftermarket exhaust companies make any exhaust for these CTX's? I wouldn't mind to have just a little more rumble from mine. :D
 

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I actually like the rumble that's there. Get rid of the sound of George Jetson's car and it would be just right for me.
 

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I actually like the rumble that's there. Get rid of the sound of George Jetson's car and it would be just right for me.
I agree on what we get stock. Especially when decelerating down a hill, it's like a feast for the ears. I love how it has a lot of bass without being necessarily loud volume-wise. Plus I love the fat short cans. I don't see myself ever swapping the exhaust out.

I don't even mind the engine noise at most speeds. The only one that somewhat bugs me is that weird whistle pitch the engine whine gets to when you're traveling at freeway speeds (and which only became audible to me once I added the tall shield).

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I would like to have some Cobra slip on mufflers or maybe some Vance & Hines mufflers. I don't want window shattering pipes, but would like to have a little more rumble under the seat... I guess I just miss the sound of my Fury that I had, it had Cobra exhaust on it.
 

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I mean don't get me wrong I know it won't sound just like my Fury did cause it was a V-TWIN engine and these are V4 engines, but I hope that Cobra or V/H will make some slip on mufflers at least. If so I will more than likely will be investing in a set of them! :D Oh yeah.... I hope that they will have slash tips on the mufflers too! I just think they would give the CTX some attitude.
 

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I wish every vehicle on the road was as quiet as an electric car.

All this noise just irritates the non-riding public.

The CTX1300 is the loudest bike I've ever owned. At times I'm a bit embarrassed to be making all that racket and interrupting the peace for other folks.

The '75-'77 Gold Wings were the quietest bikes I've ever heard. I often wonder why Honda put the noise back in the bikes in '78. I'd love to have all that quiet engineered into the next version of the CTX.
 

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I wish every vehicle on the road was as quiet as an electric car.
I completely understand how important the sound of a motorcycle is to the owner - and just how subjective the whole issue is. And I say "to each his own"... (though I have never understood the "loud pipes save lives" crowd).


At first, I really liked the "little more rumble" of the CTX1300, but as the miles start to pile up I am starting to think a bit more like Ken. I have noticed that the older I get the more I experience a constant noise (doesn't even have to be loud), as pain after awhile. This really came home to me after about 100 miles into a 170 mile trip last weekend, I started feeling the sound of my bike as a minor, but nagging pain. And this made the rest of the trip a bit unpleasant.


It's just my opinion, but I wouldn't mind a way to dial back the rumble to a whisper.
 

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I use earplugs on the highway always. Yet I do still hear enough engine rumble to satisfy. The plugs help with making it not so much to become a bother on longer travels, and keep my ears from ringing when I reach the end. I can still hear the speakers, and I can still hear what I need to around the bike. I agree that "loud pipes saves lives" thing is about like deer whistles. Some say they work great, most say a waste of money. I rode with a Harley rider with loud pipes a few times. When I was behind him I could hear him with a half mile and more between us. When I was in front it was like he wasn't there until he came up almost to my tail... too late to alert me to do anything if I had to watch out for him. Same when I'm in my cage, don't really hear any loud pipes until they pass me. And all that was before I started wearing earplugs. I guess I'm with the group that likes a relatively quiet bike, but want it to have a distinctive sound. Not like a car, but not loud. My 1990 GW was quiet enough to ride up to a pedestrian who wasn't watching and surprise them. That was nice. That was also one reason to have a loud horn to use when needed.
 

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In regards to noisy pipes, I'll start off by saying to each their own.

I am not having a go at riders that prefer a quiet ride but I do hate the idiots with really noisy exhausts, you know the ones, they sit at traffic lights revving the guts out of their bikes, trying to attract attention to themselves. They usually have a thimble on their head for a helmet and wear protective tatoos to stop gravel rash.

For me riding is the whole experience, it's the feel of the wind, it's the vibration of the bike, it's the speed that you are going and it's the nice rumble of the exhaust that I really enjoy. Throw in some twisties and a sunny day and I'm in heaven. I couldn't imagine riding this bike without that distinctive exhaust noise, if I stopped enjoying that I might as well buy myself one of those electric mobility scooters with a canopy over the top and a wire basket on the front for groceries and scoot around the neighbourhood yelling at the kids.
 

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Loud pipes save lives folks have got a clue about science and sound wave progression. That why horn trumpets are pointed forward to get best effect out of them and even then most cagers don't hear them with windows up, A/C cranking, stereo blaring .. They have experimented with so many different sirens on our police cars trying to get the best response from the silly idiots cruising to work on their cells .. The only thing they have found halfway successful is the rumbler and even that requires you to come to an almost complete stop even for a full priority call at every intersection...If I can get my hands on one of the next generation rumblers I will find a way to install it on my bike
 

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I've contacted COBRA to see if they may be coming out with either exhaust systems or slip on mufflers like they have for the Honda F6B's and they told me that as of now they haven't heard of any yet. i'm going to keep bugging them.
 

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I did a cheap mod on my 2014 Yamaha Bolt to the exhaust. There was a "gineapig" who drilled out the baffle area using a longer 3/4 " bit. I purchased one for about $10 and drilled out the baffle without removing anything, and it worked great.

Just a little more noise, but not like a straight pipe as you often find with the Vance & Hines pipes seem to make. I drilled about 3 holes and found the sweet spot by riding the bike, and getting some idea of what I wanted the sound to be regarding loudness.

I was looking at the pipes on the CTX 1300, and it is clearly identical and it would be an easy mod to do. Just drilling one hole in each, I figure I will see if it allows the noise to go straight out instead of having to redirect the shock wave around a plate.

I enjoy the sound of the exhaust...try buying a Harley and keep that exhaust stock!! You CAN'T do it!!!! I tried 3 times with my new Harley's and seriously...they got me every time! I enjoy the distinct sound of the V-4's exhaust...I just want a little more volume!
 

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Let me know how that works out for you. I'm interested in getting just a little bit more of an exhaust rumble from mine. Thanks!
 

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I would like just a little more sound myself. So far very happy with my new ride. My last bike was a Victory Bourdwalk that had a bassani road rage on it, on the pipe it was loud.
 

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I had a VTX 1300C that I did the drilling mod to the stock pipes. I drilled 7 holes in a circular pattern in the end of each pipe, 14 holes total. I listened to the bike after each hole was drilled and 7 became the magic number. It wasn't too loud an obnoxious. It was enough to hear the single pin crank of the V twin which had a similar sound to a Harley, not exactly, but pleasant. I like the idea of at least hearing the exhaust note, most Hondas are too quiet in my opinion.
 

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I agree... I think that the Honda's are on the quiet side. I would like to have more of an exhaust rumble from mine. I don't want it to be screaming loud just little bit more of exhaust note. I hope if anyone tries the drilling of the mufflers they will post on how it turns out.

I had a VTX 1300C that I did the drilling mod to the stock pipes. I drilled 7 holes in a circular pattern in the end of each pipe, 14 holes total. I listened to the bike after each hole was drilled and 7 became the magic number. It wasn't too loud an obnoxious. It was enough to hear the single pin crank of the V twin which had a similar sound to a Harley, not exactly, but pleasant. I like the idea of at least hearing the exhaust note, most Hondas are too quiet in my opinion.
 

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Anybody do any drilling on their exhaust yet?? If so please post details, or the outcome. Thanks!
 

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If the aftermarket comes out with an exhaust system or slip on mufflers then there might be some cheap stock mufflers available to drill some holes and experiment with.
 
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