Louder doesn't mean it has to sound bad plus that is only one aspect. Lots of people here like the looks, the better performance, lighter weight, less heat, and less complication of an aftermarket exhaust.I always wonder why would anyone do anything to make a vehicle louder. The only loud engine sound I have ever liked is the sound of a 12 cilinder ferrari and it was not that loud at all.
Perhaps it is because most people associate "loud" engines with race/high-performance engines? Some people also think it makes them safer: "Loud pipes save lives." To say one did it for "performance gains" doesn't make sense to me.I always wonder why would anyone do anything to make a vehicle louder. The only loud engine sound I have ever liked is the sound of a 12 cilinder ferrari and it was not that loud at all.
Not true, depends how loud they are, most states have a dB requirement and as long as you meet this at idle you are all set. I believe it is usually 1 foot away at idle during the inspection process, never seen a bike shop do the test tho for a sticker.Loud exhausts are illegal except for off road use.
Mostly true and this is why i am not changing my exhaust.After market exhausts also do not usually have a catalyzer which adds to pollution.
Disagree... any weight savings whether it be body weight or bike weight increases performance. it is about a 10 lb savings switching exhausts and on a 450 lb bike that is a significant drop. Think of cars, they advertise 100 lb drops in weight from previous gens pretty close to the same ratio of weight loss. But, unless you ride the streets like you are running from the cops you wont notice the difference except in track times. It is an increase in overall performance potential, only those who have the skill to access it will notice. But then again how many riders out there can access the full potential of a versys anyways?In the case of the Versys any weight savings is so low as to make a negligible impact on handling.
:thumb:Perhaps it is because most people associate "loud" engines with race/high-performance engines? Some people also think it makes them safer: "Loud pipes save lives." To say one did it for "performance gains" doesn't make sense to me.
After listening to everything I could (I think ALL on the market) on Youtube, I am sticking with my OEM "can." I think the V sounds kinda "sleeper-hot-rod-ish" as it comes from the factory. Inline twins. in general, don't sound good to me "unplugged," whereas all inline 4's do. The unplugged American V-twins (you know who you are) are just obnoxious in my eyes. Besides, I leave early every morning for work and I don't want to piss off (create animosity with) the neighborhood.
Having said all that, I think your design looks cool and I admire your ingenuity. You certainly have created "your own" V. From what I see, I don't think you will have any problems with the chain either.
Oh yeah, I am not sure, but I think that is how you do it for sound: upload your video (I am assuming it is a video) to Youtube and then post the link. FWIW