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Part of the reason I've stuck with stock mufflers is that I do a lot of touring, and loud pipes get really really old after the first three or four hundred miles.
This. The bikes I've met on my cross country rides in the middle of nowhere are rarely running loud pipes. I ride a quiet GSA, but have more in common with a long distance Harley rider met on the open road than I do a rider on an immaculate, heavily farkled BMW that never leaves its county.
 

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Over 35 years, nine bikes and about 450K miles of Harleys and Buells, I've never run loud pipes. Usually stock, occasionally a quiet aftermarket product (like the 50-state-legal "Screamin' Eagle Touring" mufflers that a previous owner installed on my current Road King). I ride too much to put up with noisy mufflers.

It goes without saying that the GS has stock exhaust.

But ya know what's really annoying? When you're composing a comment and a (expletive deleted) auto-play video ad starts in a hidden browser tab... ARRRRGGGHHH!
 

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Now I understand

Before moving to California, I used to balk at loud pipes. Living in TX, I never understood the rationale for blowing other ppl's eardrums out when taking off from a light.

But now that I live here, I get it!!! LOUD PIPES SAVE LIVES!!!

WHen I'm lane splitting, nothing beats loud pipes. Whenever I get the chance, I park myself behind a loud harley and let him "part the waters" so to speak. I'm trying to find a set up for my R1200GSA, something I can enable/disable with the pull of a lever. I'd do it if I had a garage and a welder. Simply rig a lever up so you can disconnect the rear exhaust can at will when lane-splitting, then reconnect it once I'm out of traffic, so as not to annoy the locals.
 

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To each his own...

I don't judge people by what they drive or ride or how they want to ride them. To each his own. I'm just happy to be able to ride and happy for you too.

I know from my own experience that if a driver knows I'm there, they are less likely to try and take my space. If they are annoyed, guess what, that means they hear me. I bet they are annoyed by bikers anyway and I bet the extra bright lights and flashing lights and extra loud horns annoy also. Has nothing to do with how "good" a rider I am.

There is a direct correlation between sound and performance (to an extent). So if you are like me and enjoy muscle cars, performance motors, etc., you enjoy getting the most performance out of your vehicle...my money, my choice...I run Akrapovic on my new BMW.

I know more lawyers and doctors that ride HD than any other brand. It is what HD went after and part of the problem they are facing now. Those people became more experienced and went for better handling and performing bikes.

Tattoos, I have them...and my IQ is 158 and I'm Vice President of my technology company and am in the top 3% of earners in the U.S.

So, don't like loud pipes...good for you. Like loud(er) pipes...good for you. Want to judge...your not the group for me.
 

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You can follow Harleys while splitting lanes. I prefer to follow CHP motor officers. Talk about the parting of the red sea! :grin2:
 

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I met 3 lawyers riding HD's in Idaho last year. I caught up with them just north of Sun Valley and was unable to pass on the corners with oncoming traffic, right at the lookout on Galena Summit one of them dumped his bike in front of me, I stopped to help and after making sure the rider was OK I moved him and his bike off the roadway and noticed it had just 5k miles on the odo, while waiting for emergency equipment (he was not hurt and his bike was ride-able but he was shaken up) I commented to his riding partners about his new bike, they informed me it was a 2005 model.
They were 3 lawyers from Twin Falls out on a weekend ride not far from home.
 

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I met 3 lawyers riding HD's in Idaho last year. I caught up with them just north of Sun Valley and was unable to pass on the corners with oncoming traffic, right at the lookout on Galena Summit one of them dumped his bike in front of me, I stopped to help and after making sure the rider was OK I moved him and his bike off the roadway and noticed it had just 5k miles on the odo, while waiting for emergency equipment (he was not hurt and his bike was ride-able but he was shaken up) I commented to his riding partners about his new bike, they informed me it was a 2005 model.
They were 3 lawyers from Twin Falls out on a weekend ride not far from home.
My personal lawyer owns a Springer CVO. It's a least 5 years old and I bet it doesn't have 4k miles on it.
 

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I don't like to use the word hate as its too strong, but not in this case. I HATE loud pipes.

I even own and ride a Harley which is typically associated with loud pipes and I'm happy with the stock pipe's sound. Now don't confuse loud with a nice exhaust note or sound. But it doesn't have to be loud to sound good.

And as others have said rarely does a loud pipe equate to better performance...
 
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