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When I got my bike I lowered it 2 and 1/2 inches put a cobra exhaust and rode it like that for about a year until I came to my senses and put it back to stock. I now have Memphis Shades fats windshield with Memphis Shades lowers and a sissy bar with some Viking saddlebags and I love riding my bike. No helmet buffeting, no ringing of the ears, nice comfortable ride. Don't get me wrong, the lowering of the bike with the loud pipes was cool but only for a while. Lol. I also dont ride 2 up on this bike. My wife aint dumb! I dont blame her!
 

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i took the OME exhaust off my 2009 C50 and had shortys for a while...could never get the sound that i was looking for....i took the OME exhaust and removed the baffles from each muffler(there are 2 baffles in each muffler)and the sound is perfect...it is a deep rumble that gets a little louder when i get on it....but it is not too loud and retains the deep rumble even at highway speeds...i have speakers on the handlebars and i can hear them well(if the south wind isn't trying to blow me off the bike) i live in Texas with strong south winds most of the spring and early summer...the OME without the baffles is the sound you are looking for
 

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i took the OME exhaust off my 2009 C50 and had shortys for a while...could never get the sound that i was looking for....i took the OME exhaust and removed the baffles from each muffler(there are 2 baffles in each muffler)and the sound is perfect...it is a deep rumble that gets a little louder when i get on it....but it is not too loud and retains the deep rumble even at highway speeds...i have speakers on the handlebars and i can hear them well(if the south wind isn't trying to blow me off the bike) i live in Texas with strong south winds most of the spring and early summer...the OME without the baffles is the sound you are looking for
Very interesting! How did you get the stock baffles out (do you need to punch baffle plates?). Is the process reversible?
Any difference in fuel economy engine performance?
Pictures? Video of how it sounds?

You can probably tell I'm very interested :)
 

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Lol....my son loved it loud.....hes only 18, that explains it!
You should advise your son to wear earplugs :) Partial hearing loss is no fun: I had it fixed when I was a kid, recovered maybe 90-95%. I'm in my mid 30s, and care about both riding in style and mitigating potential health hazards that come with it.

My coworker rides a Yamaha Stratoliner 1900 with Cobra exhaust no windshield, no earplugs and skullcap helmet at 100 MPH. He doesn't seem to have a problem with loud pipes and wind noise at 100 mph, but I attribute that to his many years firing big field artillery guns in the army :wink2:
 

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Since putting the OEM exhaust back on my bike my 18 year old son now likes that better than the Cobra exhaust. I also am curious about how you took out the stock OEM baffles and have the same questions fireman has, reversable.....etc
 

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I'm surprised no ones brought up the honest abe method yet:


So you want a much deeper sound ha?

Start by selling your aftermarket pipes and put the $$$ in your pocket
2) Put your stocks back on
3) Drill 4 holes 1/2" Holes
4) Take a 3/4 inch electrical pipe conduit and ram it thorugh the center about 18" deep until you hit real solid metal. You will know when you are done, because the 1st 2 plates that you will push through will feel bendable or breakable.

5) Enjoy the real nice deep sound, but not loud and high pitched like the aftermarkets.



I've never done it but there are a ton of threads on it in the forum.
 

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I just spent the last 3 days and more than 1000 miles behind a poorly tuned Volusia with the most obnoxious exhaust imaginable. At points during the weekend, I fell back more than 1/4 mile just to get away from the racket and stench of unburned fuel in the exhaust.
 
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Nope, learned my lesson. I'll probably get around to selling my aftermarket pipes but I absolutely refuse to drill holes in my OEM pipes. I love the nice low quiet rumble, wouldnt mind even quieter. That's a sign I'm getting old I guess LOL
 

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Y'all just may have saved me some trouble.
My last bike, a Honda Shadow, had V&H pipes that sounded great.
I was going to have some V&H pipes installed on my C50 this year at Sturgis, but it looks like I might want to do a little more research first.

I want a nice sound, but not an obnoxious one.
 

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I love the low rumble of my stock pipes. ?
I'm getting there myself. The initial adjustment from my Shadow w/V&H pipes to my C50/stock pipes was a bit jarring, but over the last months I've come to appreciate it more. My jury is still out, but I'm not chomping at the "gotta get new pipes" bit as hard as I was last fall.
 

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I absolutely understand what you're saying. Every day when I start my bike now and hear that nice low Rumble I love it more and more. Funny how things work out sometimes
 

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I rode the bike stock for the first two years. Then I did the Honest Abe and Stage 1 debaffle. The stock pipes sound amazing like this! I think muffler sound (the non-obnoxious ones) is a very personal taste. I always wear ear plugs and a full face helmet for protection. The stock pipes modded give me a lower & deeper sound that's not too loud or bad for what the C50 is.
 

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I'm surprised no ones brought up the honest abe method yet:


So you want a much deeper sound ha?

Start by selling your aftermarket pipes and put the $$$ in your pocket
2) Put your stocks back on
3) Drill 4 holes 1/2" Holes
4) Take a 3/4 inch electrical pipe conduit and ram it thorugh the center about 18" deep until you hit real solid metal. You will know when you are done, because the 1st 2 plates that you will push through will feel bendable or breakable.

5) Enjoy the real nice deep sound, but not loud and high pitched like the aftermarkets.



I've never done it but there are a ton of threads on it in the forum.
I was thinking of that, but would prefer to test ride a bike with HAM before I irreversibly change exhaust note. YouTube videos aren't a good source of the end result unless recorded using pro equipment. Considering most people who posted it are DIY or similar and use their phones or a gopro/chineseum action cams sound quality is usually bad.
 

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Don't fart around with your exhaust. It doesn't matter what you do, sub-one liter bikes will ALWAYS sound bad with a loud exhaust. It isn't bassy. It isn't booming. It is a raspy pop that sounds more like a wet fart than anything you want to listen to. The only exhaust I ever heard that did sound good was a 2 into 1 that hasn't been made in more than 10 years. It honestly sounded good.

There were more than 2 million bikes in DC yesterday. I had a pretty good sampling of exhaust note all around me.
 
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