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In NYC traffic, the stock exhaust on the V650 is too quiet to be heard by vehicles when RPMs are under about 8k. Cars merge into my lane 3-5 times during each leg of my commute (about 23 miles each way). I have a friend with a Yamaha R1 and a Toce exhaust that is well into the "annoying" range, but I've never seen a car merge into his lane. He uses it as a weapon to intimidate and push cars out of the way, which I think hurts motorcyclists in the long run and disagree with. I have no doubt that a slightly louder exhaust would reduce the number of cars that SMIDSY me and would make me safer as a result.
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