Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Mechanicsburg, PA
Air Filter Necessary?
I'm a fan of vintage bikes, and many of them, especially pre-1960 don't have air filters, just a straight "horn" intake... I've watched a few of "Jay Leno's Garage" videos about his vintage bikes, e.g. and he often makes the comment "I guess the air was cleaner back then."
So what's the deal? Are we just smarter/better than 50 years ago? Were they just clueless? Were those no-filter bikes disposable? I've got K&N's on mine that require cleaning very rarely. Is that an illusion? It seems like if you have filters that can go tens-of-thousands of miles/years between cleaning, maybe they're not all THAT critical? Is it REALLY necessary to have air filters, or is it just a paranoid/prophylactic thing?
2007 V-Star 1300