How to… Sound test your Motorcycle

SAE J2825 Sound Test

Do you have an aftermarket exhaust system and or airbox on your motorcycle? Have you ever wondered whether or not your motorcycle is too loud? Testing your decibel limit may not be enough.

Sound expert Chris Real demonstrates how to perform the new SAE J2825 motorcycle sound test. This is the official test procedures for all motorcycles operating in the United States.

The test has a number of interesting procedures and it is not as straight forward as a simply noise level at a certain RPM. How to perform the SAE J2825 motorcycle sound test is explained step-by-step in this video.


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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).