My feeling, if you must keep it loud, then do it, within reason. My old bike was loud and I really had to baby it late at night so as not to wake up the dead. :devil2:I'm with @Trapster on mostly all of what he said, except safety. I do believe louder pipes help save lives of bikers, within a reasonable noise level. I've had many times driving my car along the highway, windows up and music playing (not loudly at all, I like my eardrums) and did not notice the motorcycle coming up between lanes. Blame that on my momentary inattentiveness and the fact I had no idea he was coming up since I couldn't hear him. Then I've had times in the same scenario that I notice the bike coming up because I heard his pipes, being a big rumbling Harley or screaming GSXR. That gave me time to notice and react to him sooner.
I run the stock pipes on my Vulcan and while they aren't loud per-say, they have gotten drivers attention, especially while lane splitting. I don't speed between cars, I just go along leisurely maybe 5-6mph faster than they're going and pop the throttle every few cars to announce my arrival I've noticed a lot more people tend to move over a little in their lane as I pass when I do that since they heard me and then checked their mirror. Then there's some that don't care, either on their phone or blasting their annoying music that sounds like screaming goats. So that's my point of view on pipes....Louder is better, but to a point.
Keep it sane.
Complain direct to your Sac-A-Tomatoes representative, the mayors office and the chief of police. The Harley riders are breaking the law and the politicians want your vote, so let that work in your favor.There's some Harley riders around here in Sacramento that are just obnoxious! Stupid loud exhausts, plus stupid loud music playing from their stereos....Even late at night. It's almost 2AM here and I just heard three go by not fifteen minutes ago. Times like that make me wish I were a cop so I could ticket them for SO many things! Maybe they'd learn after a few times.
I'll be flying into WI next month on the 7th, staying for 2 months, going to see my son in Ohio and my brother in Vermont, so I plan on giving the 900 a work out. I can not wait, everyday waiting seems like a year.Yeah, I think I'll do that next time I see them ride by. I'll try and get some plate numbers And Jesus, I haven't met anyone that knew about Sac-A-Tomatoes since I was an OTR trucker!
Oops, forgot. You neck of WI is amazing, BTW