Does anyone know if changing out for this exhaust makes the bike considerably louder than it is? I am wondering if it is more of a deeper rumble than it is louder. I don't want a super loud bike, I like how loud it is now but wondering if the sound is noticeably better.
Hey Steve, first of all just general security I would change you username to something that isn't your email, secondly I have the Vance and Hines exhaust, along with an x-pipe and it is a fantastic deep throaty roar when you get on it, otherwise it is fairly tame at idle (although still deeper than stock) and really opens up nicely when you roll on the throttle!!
Tough to justify with the price, I know, but I had issues with the Gasser Customs pipes I ordered, and I knew these would fit perfectly and sound great! If you have the money, I say go for it. It is a great addition of grunt, and has a nice look (IMO).
Otherwise, Gasser Customs are an option for roughly half the price (they sound great, too, but some have finish issues, and might be louder than you want), Zards are another pricey option, i'm not a fan of the Trident (they just don't look 'right' to me), BC has some really nice sounding pipes if you want to keep the cat in place that will make it sound nice and deep too.
Long winded, but basically I think it is worth it if you want to keep that look.
If you want shorter and more affordable pipes - BC and Gasser
If you want a different look and more expensive - Zard
If you want a similar stock look with more grunt - Vance and Hines
If you hung through all that reading, I hope this helps and good luck!
Lastly, if I were to do it again, and money didn't matter, I think the Zards in black (I have a bobber black) look killer and the copper color logo finish goes great with the gas cap and shift peg I have as well.
Happy hunting, and post videos when you make the swap!