Something to think about before Removing Baffles
Feel free to pile on, but here is something to think about....
I wanted louder pipes. I knocked out the screens, drilled some holes and then completely removed my baffles. I like the sound. I would idle out of the neighborhood in 3rd gear and then open her up. The pipes were loud, but not too loud and I like the sound.
Recently I joined a local riding club. Every Sunday, 15-25 bikes take organized rides between 300-400mi. Being new to group riding, I was put toward the front.... and then it started.
The occasional speach from an older member on how "loud pipes don't really save lives", the passing comment on how loud my pipes are, etc, etc...
Then I realized that in a group of bikes with loud pipes, no one would notice mine, but in a group of bikes with quiet pipes, it sucks to get stuck behind the only guy with loud pipes. I cannot ride in the back because the "tail gunner" has a radio to communicate with the front and must be an experienced group rider.
Soooooo. I found a set of stock pipes on craigs list for $75 and installed them last night. Now my debaffled pipes are sitting in my garage and my bike sounds like a stealth machine. After riding with no baffles, I can hardly hear the bike. I guess I'll keep 'em on as long as I ride with this group. Now I guess I'll have to light my bike up like a UFO so they'll at least they'll see me comming as now the cagers cannot hear me.
There's no place like 127.0.0.1!