I am an experienced rider, many years and 10 bikes. I love my GS, a huge joy factor over my last Honda ST1300. That said, I thoroughly dislike the annoyingly loud exhaust of my 2005 R1200 GS. This is not a recently noticed annoyance, but since I already have mild Tinnitus, I always wear foam ear protection and had forgotten what a loud bike this is. Today after a ride, I stopped at the local market for some groceries. Packing up and getting ready to ride home I dropped my ear protection and not wanting to risk infection threw them away and on start-up was reminded that my bike sounds like a car with a broken exhaust system. The noise was so loud and unsettling that it affected my 4 mile ride home. My control felt ragged, my shifting unsynchronized and the ride home was an annoying chore. I'm amazed that I haven't been pulled over for an illegal exhaust system. I know people equate loud with performance and my bike preforms well enough, I just want mellow exhaust notes. I don't want to scare wildlife and my neighbors. I am looking for ideas from my fellow riders some of you who may share my complaint.