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on May 4th, 2016

Since the dawn of two-wheeled motoring, manufacturers have constantly been experimenting with the layout of the internal combustion engine in various forms. How the cylinders are arrange is basically what defines the character of the machine, and more so its acoustic capabilities. From the early days of BMW basing their boxer engines based on the engine layout used in their aircrafts, till the modern day where almost every known manufacturer has more of less accepted that the cheapest and most effective (and boring and highly monotonous) engine layout is the in-line layout, there has been a journey in the way motorcycles have aurally appeal to their riders and spectators alike. And as it goes with automotive symphonies, the next one isn’t better or worse than the last… instead they each hold a unique note that entices a particular breed of petrolhead. So here’s our selection of the best sounding motorcycles that have ever graced the planet in no particular order or preference.

Honda RC166

The Honda RC166 was all about a culmination of small numbers coming together to create a deep impact. A total of six cylinders were packed a total cubic capacity of just 250cc, meaning that each cylinder was just 41.6cc. While so, the flat-six layout of the Honda RC166 would cater incredible sounds as it peaked out at an incredible 18,000rpm. The sound music that comes out of the six straigh pipes is just incredible an nothing like any other motorcycle on this planet. Here it yourself.

Aprila RSV4

Currently the only V4 litre-class supersport motorcycle available in the market that hones a four cylinder engine arrange in a V-configuration, one doesn’t need to be explained about the incredible sound it creates. It has a raw, brutal howl that no other modern production motorcycle can match. If anything comes close to the RSV4’s decibel destruction, it has to be the MotoGP motorcycles.

Yamaha R1 Crossplane Engine

When in 2009, Yamaha updated their flagship supersport R1 with a crossplane crank engine, there were doubts about how good it would be. It was a matter of months before everyone who doubted the new R1 went silent and have been so since. The machine is a perfect balance between a smooth surge of power that revs quickly though the range while leaving behind a gorgeous engine note.

Triumph Daytona 675

A three cylinder engine for some is the perfect sort of inline on a two wheeled machine. It’s engine note is the best of both worlds, as it borrows the throaty town from a parallel-twin low down the rev range while climbing towards the high-pitched scream of the inline four towards the top.

Honda CBX1000

Warning! Goosebumps ahead.

If there is any motorcycle that i would purely want to own for its sound, this is it! The CBX1000 was one of the heaviest, gas guzzling, not-so-agile and quite a handful machine the Japanese company ever made. And since it didn’t do quit well, there are very few in the market. But once the six carburettors start to pour fuel into the six transversely mounted cylinders, all logic goes home and is sharply overcome by an ever-increasing mountain of goosebumps and desire.

Laverda V6

For a motorcycling connoisseur, there is nothing more exotic than a six-cylinder machine. And if the cylinder are arranged in a V-formation, things get pant-wetting holy. Its more than just honing a engine with monumental torque between your legs too… it’s the hair-raising sound that would give everyone their own set of ludicrous adjectives.

Ducati 750 Bevel Drive Twin

There is a distinct tone in the sound of an air-cooled Ducati that differentiates itself from the later water-cooled ones. There is a slow, deep and throaty thump that is almost, dare i say… like one another American motorcycle with a similar arrangement of cylinders. But as soon as you start to open the taps, it quickly turns into the raspy mechanical rumble that is so unmistakably Italian.

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