In my case, the question should be: why didn't I 'upgrade' my exhaust?
My stock 2006 was loud enough for me when I bought it last fall and I felt no need to make it louder. The engine on this thing sounds great even with stock mufflers and fairly roars under acceleration. From the rider's seat I can hear this motor just fine, and I don't care about the guy a block away 'appreciating' my bike's sound, he can buy his own damn motorcycle. I guess I'm just selfish that way. The stock Vulcan 2000's engine sound projects muted power...walks softly, but carry's a big stick, as 'Teddy' once said.
I'm supposed to be at work at 6:00 AM, and if I take a bike I need to leave by at least 5:15 to 5:30 AM at the latest. My neighbors appreciate my V2K's considerate nature in this regard and I'm happy to not wake anyone up when I take a motorcycle to work.
I also don't feel that my V2K needs any more power than it already has, not that a noisier exhaust will always give it substantially more snot anyway. For me, 116hp is plenty for this machine, and if I absolutely have to go faster, I'll take my ZX14 and just get it over with.
I Bought a 2004 Sportster XL1200R about a month ago, it came with a pair of 'Screaming Eagle II' slip-ons on it, I couldn't wait to 'upgrade' it back to stock mufflers, which I did within two weeks of owning it.
Last edited by JBacklund; 06-02-2014 at 12:10 PM.