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Ok so this isn't a serious problem by any means, but I was curious if anyone else has experienced it.
I normally ride alone or with my wife as a passenger, but not with other bikers. But recently I went for a few rides with friends and there bikes.
And I tell you what, the exhaust noise(or lack there of) was actually an issue.

With no tach on the bike I can shift by ear/feel or now after riding it for a while I know what speeds I should be shifting this bike at.
But the exhaust is so quiet that when riding with any other bike I can not hear it at all over the other bikers exhausts.
It was quite annoying to have to look down at my speed much more than I normally do just to make sure I am in the right gear.
Keep in mind I already changed my exhaust to an aftermarket one I put together that is already slightly louder than stock.

Has anyone else actually had this issue as well? It is seriously making me considering buying the two brothers exhaust or possibly taking the bike to a muffler shop to see what they would charge for a custom exhaust.

FYI I have a 2017 Rebel. I have had multiple bikes in the past, and this one is by far the quietest thing I have ridden.
 

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Ok so this isn't a serious problem by any means, but I was curious if anyone else has experienced it.
I normally ride alone or with my wife as a passenger, but not with other bikers. But recently I went for a few rides with friends and there bikes.
And I tell you what, the exhaust noise(or lack there of) was actually an issue.

With no tach on the bike I can shift by ear/feel or now after riding it for a while I know what speeds I should be shifting this bike at.
But the exhaust is so quiet that when riding with any other bike I can not hear it at all over the other bikers exhausts.
It was quite annoying to have to look down at my speed much more than I normally do just to make sure I am in the right gear.
Keep in mind I already changed my exhaust to an aftermarket one I put together that is already slightly louder than stock.

Has anyone else actually had this issue as well? It is seriously making me considering buying the two brothers exhaust or possibly taking the bike to a muffler shop to see what they would charge for a custom exhaust.

FYI I have a 2017 Rebel. I have had multiple bikes in the past, and this one is by far the quietest thing I have ridden.
Nope, even with the baffle in my slip on is pretty loud (Coffman).

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Well.. Even me, with my open slip on, some time feel that I'm just not loud enough from time to time.
And I'd say that's mainly due to the fact that this is just a 500. It ain't ever gonna sound like some HD with 1000++ engine..
 

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I had that problem but not on my Rebel, but on my C90. Got stuck behind some knucklehead on a Vulcan 900 with no baffles. Couldn’t hear my bike at all and couldn’t even hear myself think. Wound up with a major headache. There is nothing else you can do but watch your speedo or tach if you have one. The other option is to ride as first bike.
 

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I had that problem but not on my Rebel, but on my C90. Got stuck behind some knucklehead on a Vulcan 900 with no baffles. Couldn’t hear my bike at all and couldn’t even hear myself think. Wound up with a major headache. There is nothing else you can do but watch your speedo or tach if you have one. The other option is to ride as first bike.


I know the feeling. Some jack ass thought it was cool riding next to me on a sportsster 1200 with custom exhaust. After 5 minutes of riding behind this guy I pulled over into the nearest spot until he was at least a mile away. Also the guy rode with just a shirt, flip flops and jean shorts. Talk about stupid...
 

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I know the feeling. Some jack ass thought it was cool riding next to me on a sportsster 1200 with custom exhaust. After 5 minutes of riding behind this guy I pulled over into the nearest spot until he was at least a mile away. Also the guy rode with just a shirt, flip flops and jean shorts. Talk about stupid...
I’m sure those were safety flip-flops with an HD logo.
 

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while we're on the subject, does anyone else notice how HD riders never wave to other bikers (at least in this area) and i'm not trying to single out any particular group of riders but come on.
people on metric cruisers and sport bikes wave to me ...but get a guy or group of riders on their Milwaukee ear-drum bleeders and ...Nothing.
 

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Some have thought it was silly for some of us to like the digital gear indicator we installed on our Rebels.

In a high noise environment or very high winds the gear indicator will tell us visually what our ears can not register, unless we are one of the geniuses that "Are One With Our Bike".

I rest my case.......

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Some have thought it was silly for some of us to like the digital gear indicator we installed on our Rebels.

In a high noise environment or very high winds the gear indicator will tell us visually what our ears can not register, unless we are one of the geniuses that "Are One With Our Bike".

I rest my case.......

Kenny G
It's ridiculous that we're in 2018 and gear indicators/tachometers/fuel gauges aren't standard on all bikes. My buddy and I were talking about this on our ride last weekend because his '15 Scout doesn't have them.
 

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while we're on the subject, does anyone else notice how HD riders never wave to other bikers (at least in this area) and i'm not trying to single out any particular group of riders but come on.
people on metric cruisers and sport bikes wave to me ...but get a guy or group of riders on their Milwaukee ear-drum bleeders and ...Nothing.
Pretty much all riders around me throw a hand down at me, and me them, I like it!
 

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It's ridiculous that we're in 2018 and gear indicators/tachometers/fuel gauges aren't standard on all bikes. My buddy and I were talking about this on our ride last weekend because his '15 Scout doesn't have them.
Well for the Rebel at least, they did it on purpose, with the idea of it making the bike more "bobber" ish.. Semi retro with a modern twist.
 

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It's ridiculous that we're in 2018 and gear indicators/tachometers/fuel gauges aren't standard on all bikes. My buddy and I were talking about this on our ride last weekend because his '15 Scout doesn't have them.
One of my riding buddies has a 2017 Kawasaki Versy 300 CC and it has every bell and whistle on it that you can imagine on the gauge cluster, including a gear indicator & a tachometer....

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Well for the Rebel at least, they did it on purpose, with the idea of it making the bike more "bobber" ish.. Semi retro with a modern twist.
There are still solutions that could integrate pretty seamlessly with the intended look/design. Especially on a bike that is designed to cater to newer riders, these are basic necessities imho.
 

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while we're on the subject, does anyone else notice how HD riders never wave to other bikers (at least in this area) and i'm not trying to single out any particular group of riders but come on.
people on metric cruisers and sport bikes wave to me ...but get a guy or group of riders on their Milwaukee ear-drum bleeders and ...Nothing.
Yes! This!
I'm quite a newbie rider - but I've noticed any time I ride by a HD and throw out a friendly wave - nothing. I ride by anyone else and they have their hand out before I do. I feel less crazy now!
I once rode by a group of HD riders and they just stared at me as I rode by. I wasn't sure if something was wrong - maybe I look like a weirdo riding a little cruiser type wearing very sport-like gear. Full face helmet, a bilt mesh jacket - looking like a fool to those Harleys wearing the brain buckets and leather vests.
Again - I'm a newb who just thought maybe it was me, or it wasn't a common salute.
 

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Must be the areas you live. Haven't been discriminated by any other bikers in my area. In fact, Harley riders are actually the most friendly around here ironically.

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Ditto. Besides, when people don't wave it doesn't bother me in the slightest because there are far more important things to be concerned with in life.
 

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I know the feeling. Some jack ass thought it was cool riding next to me on a sportsster 1200 with custom exhaust. After 5 minutes of riding behind this guy I pulled over into the nearest spot until he was at least a mile away. Also the guy rode with just a shirt, flip flops and jean shorts. Talk about stupid...
I saw this moron down in Costa Mesa the other day!
 

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As my MSF instructor said "All of the gear, All of the time!"

But I live near Kansas which has no helmet law, so I see morons every day with no helmet, sandals/flip flops, t-shirt or no shirt, shorts. I just look at it like this: They are removing themselves from the genepool
 
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