LOUD pipes are NOT an "upgrade".Hi all, Dallas, Texas here. I have a 06 V Star and it has the upgraded V&H pipes,
The stock pipes cut performance because of how heavily baffled they are. Even with the stock pipes the bike pops. it just isnt heard because of the baffling. Performance suffers because of it. These bikes can not be heard on the highway with the stock pipes. Which is dangerous. And V & H pipes arent that loud. Unbaffled pipes are loud.LOUD pipes are NOT an "upgrade".
They are obnoxious and illegal.
If there are any add-on real baffles available from V&H for the pipes that might help.
Of course, putting stock pipes back on it will eliminate the "problem" altogether.....which really isn't a problem to start with.
Riding in a fashion so that you don't have to rely on making a lot of noise to keep you safe is a much better plan.These bikes can not be heard on the highway with the stock pipes. Which is dangerous.
Furthermore in 2017 certian pipes are street legal, dot and emissions approved.