I almost got stuck with that one too. Some buddies on another forum made me realize I was listening to my riding pals (mostly HD's) and looking more to their tastes rather than my own. Riding Japanese is never going to win in that circle anyway, no matter what it actually is; some tolerate but most will (not openly usually) ridicule somehow. I can see the allure in making a 'strong silent type' GL shriek like a Porsche 959 with the tap wide open (I had a custom cruiser with shotguns) under certain conditions. The Torquemaster Exotics with a set of Torque Tuubs would do it but it's not really what a Goldwing is about. But let's see, there are removeable quiet baffles (+2db over stock) for when the Mrs. is aboard....hmmmI don't want a loud bike but I'd like to be able to hear the engine some. Anybody had good luck, or bad luck, with any aftermarket exhausts?
I have heard that before that loud mufflers save lives, I'm not so sure about that, but do belive the flashing head lites do.Thats just my better choice. Loud mufflers in my younger days I guess, but not any more. I prefer to just cruise in silence now.Haven't ever been knocked off your machine by a cager yet, have you?
Loud Pipes DO Save Lives!
ok, I wasn't thinking about my tail ,good thought. But I don't see any more currant drawn because of the flashing head light that I was aware of.I now for sure will change my 1157s to Leds to help. I agree with the older bikes about lacking decent amperage output. When I first got mine and drove around the city only at very low RPM for a few days, I noticed the newer battery was getting weak to start. I now put a battery tender on all the time. WA9FWT PhilI'm almost 60, and I prefer the pipes louder.
The pulsating headlight thing is really not feasable with the early wings minimal electrical systems. They are under enough of a stress as it is.
Plus the pulsing headlight won't do a thing for you if the cagers are trying to switch lanes in to you from behind or the sides.
The loud pipes keep them off your tail.