Ahhh...the oooold "Loud Pipe" debate!
My Harley has gutted pipes, and my VN has stock, so I'm living on both sides of this argument. I'm going to do something like a stage 2 on my 900 (Someday...
) and I wish my VRSC pipes were a little quieter, BUT I do believe that sometimes loud(er) pipes do get you noticed, and that CAN save lives.
I also believe that the loud pipe debate is a lot more about throttle discipline and a little courtesy than it is about how much your pipes are uncorked. I ROUTINELY ask my neighbors to inform me if my pipes disturb them...and I keep my RPMs low on BOTH bikes when I'm in neighborhoods. I've talked to the LEOs in my area to make sure we're square about my noise pollution...I believe that a courteous operator AND loud pipes can coexist...but that's how I roll.
Pistols save lives too. But...if you choose to use yours in a manner that is shall we say....discourteous, then you're going to have problems with the general public about THAT also!!
There's always some low-octane type out there that mucks it up for the rest of us. Always will be, but in my area the LEOs usually deal with those A$$holes on a "one on one" basis, and leave the rest of us alone.
Some states have adopted strict laws about decibel polluters, which is why I keep an unmodified set of pipes for my bikes....and for warranty purposes too. If I get a ticket...I'll pay the man.
I think that LEOs aught to be busting meth labs and locking up rapists, but if enough idiots out there disturb the public with their pipes - then the states can make money on noisy bikes too. Me? I won't blame the PO-PO if that happens....that's on US!