Originally Posted by Silverbullet23
As much as I appreciate the advice, to me there is nothing worse than hearing the engine over the exhaust and my love of riding is because it calms me down. Part of what gives me that calm is the drone of the exhaust. With the stock McDonalds straws I don't get that feeling. But I am also not looking to turn it into a race bike or anything silly, thats why I ask about proper setups that work. I understand more air in requires more air out and vice versa and with more air there is more fuel needed. If done properly it should be able to maintain the same ratios as stock with better performance and continue to have similar longevity.
Here's the problem. It is an 800cc engine. There's nothing you can do to make it sound NICE. Every mod and every aftermarket exhaust just makes the bike LOUD and that really isn't very pleasant. I had the V&H Cruzers on my C50. At idle, they sounded fantastic. Deep, booming bass. But at speed, they were high pitched, raspy and ended up giving me a headache after 30 minutes on the freeway. I ended up buying a set of quiet core baffles which made the noise tolerable, but it still sounded like crap.
As much as you want that Harley "potato-potato" throb, you're not going to get it from these bikes.
The other limitation is there's not much you can do to boost the performance either. Even with an ECU, pipes, a hyper charger intake, DJ drive and professional tune, you're going to get 4-5 more hp. That's it. Not only will it never sound like a Harley, it will never be able to keep up with one, either. (Trust me. I spent 5 years with my throttle pegged trying to keep up with the group before I finally learned that lesson)
So you need to approach this with the understanding that it is going to cost a lot of money, for very little gain. When it comes time to trade the bike, none of the upgrades add any value to the bottom line. So whatever you end up doing, save the stock parts for when it comes time to move on, then you can sell the accessories here - this is a very common occurrence.