I have V&H Baggers on my 1600 Nomad and yes, it's louder than stock but I don't consider it obnoxious. More of a deep rumble without the annoying tinny "blat" you get with no baffles or other DIY exhaust mods. I can ride all day on the highway and it doesn't bother me, plus I have the added safety of being a little louder so someone is more likely to "notice" me before cutting into my lane. Agree or disagree, sound is another type of high vis riding.
I like the sound deep and throaty but would be fine with keeping the decibels near stock level. I generally don't want to see tighter regulations (European riders might be more sympathetic to that pov); the top-down policing approach isn't for me. All I'd say is that many riders could do with a lot more common sense/consideration, the kind that makes you realize you're a dick for tearing through sleepy neighbourhoods etc.
I like louder than stock pipes, but straight V&H pipes on a 900 are too loud for me at idle. They're at least 95 dB (with baffles) compared to 85 on my prior sportsbike which was about right - big difference.
I dont care for the wisper quiet of most stock pipes, but also dont care for the straight pipe sound either. A nice low rumbling tone at cruise I do like. the higher pitched sound many pipes have just dont do it for me.
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