So that’s why Harley wanted to trademark its sound…

Renault car uses H-D noise

Posted: 29 March 2013
by Visordown News

IT’S one of the enduring legends of motorcycling that Harley-Davidson has some sort of patent or trademark on its ‘potato-potato’ engine sound. 

Of course, in reality, it doesn’t. Not through lack of trying though; the firm did have a go at getting a trademark on the noise towards the end of the last century, only to give up when it seemed that the effort would be in vain.

Now, however, they might be wishing they stuck with it. Those with a passing interest in four wheels might have noticed that Renault has just launched its new Clio RS, and it (along with various other Renaults) has the option of something the company calls “R-Sound Effect”. Don’t say it too quickly.

In short, it plays ‘broom-broom’ noises through the car’s stereo while you drive along, with various options as to what vehicle you can pretend to be. Along with various Renaults (Clio V6, Alpine 110, R8 Gordini) and Nissan’s GTR, it can also be something the firm calls “Moto GP”.

The picture on the PlayStation-like dash display shows something that looks like a Harley XR750 flat-tracker, and the accompanying sound (heard on a Renault Fluence diesel equipped with the same system here) sounds a bit Harley-ish too. 

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This is why I hate Marketeers! No doubt it was some clever marketing bod's idea to put a picture of a Harley with the sound of a Subaru Impreza and call it MotoGP!!

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 12:42

Yeah, I don't think Visor down has heard a Harley before. I agree it sounds like the boxer motor out of a Subaru.

I think it is pretty silly but if I was driving an econobox around I would imagine I would pretend it was something else. This just helps the fantasy a bit.

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 13:43

Lets all drive along making broom ,broom noisies shall we! bloody idiots, blame the prats who buy it...Get real

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 15:12

No-one heard of soundracer then? Been out for years!

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 16:12

The last sentence I read as 'Renault Flatulence'.

I was thinking - what sort of sound does that make?

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 21:15

Great more crap on a cars dashboard for chavs company with get distracted and give us bikers more SMIDY

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 21:55

Yars ago, Renaults came with two horn sounds, country and city.It was a big advertising thing.Probably the only thing that worked.

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 23:26

What kind of bimbo wants a pretend engine noise out of the car speakers?


Posted: 30/03/2013 at 12:51

Harley are far cleverer than renault,they dont need a stereo they have an exhaust that perfectly mimmcks the sound and aura of a cement mixer.

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 15:58

Why the hell would anyone want their car to sound like a piece-of-shit Harley?

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 02:45

Awesome. I want a soundtrack that makes that noise when I used to peg a piece of card to the forks of my push bike when I was a kid to make my Grifter sound like Evil Kineval

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 22:58

It's a nother way to keep sales, as we known triumph have made some good sales in America and made harly go all weak at the knees lol

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 23:04

Should be re-named as the "R-Sole effect" as an apt description of inventor and user. Total Bollocks Renault, what a waste of effort.

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 17:21

Just love a Harley sound, its that or the bumble bees that drive me mad screeching there heads off

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 12:26

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