Originally Posted by Paul C
I don't remember them being that loud
I think perceived loudness depends on your point of view so to speak. I hate the 50cc screamers that some yoof use but don't at all mind the equally loud Harley sound.
My new bike has a sort of booming resonance at 5k rpm which is fine to start with but as it translates to about 80mph on the motorway, gets rather boring after a while and I start looking for the mute switch!
It's never too late to have a happy childhood!