- American vs. Metric.
- Lid vs. no lid.
- Cruiser vs. sportbike.
- Full gear vs.jacket and boots.
- Squids vs. tourers.
The other side points out that, for the most part, people are completely clueless idiots that routinely ignore police sirens and train crossings. Add to that mix luxury cars that tout noise cancellation as a selling point, and it's doubtful whether anything less than a 747 under full take-off would get their attention.
Obviously, I'm asking for a reason. The Harley's hitting her eleventh season now, and I've replaced the battery twice and she's going to need new tires soon. I'm figuring it's probably time to start thinking about replacing the exhaust, and I'll most likely upgrade at that time. Now, I am *definitely* not going for a bone-shakingly loud set-up - I enjoy riding long distances too much to increase the decibel level that much.
But man, I'd like a little more rumble in my ride...
(Picture courtesy of the lovely Cher)
I'm hoping to get a couple more years out of the factory pipes, then replace them before they start to get too bad. Ideally, I'd love something with just a little more of a growl, but that evens out at mid-range RPMs (like 2500 - 3500, or cruising speed on the highway). I've lost enough hearing to know I don't want anything that loud.
As far as I can tell, VA law requires mufflers, but has no acoustic criteria. Some states, like, oh, Massachusetts, only allow factory exhaust or the equivalent. Anything louder is verboten. I'm also running into a similar conundrum with the Earthf**ker, for what it's worth. I'll most likely find a local shop and see what's recommended.
In any case, it's a good place to be...
That is all.