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I know everyone wants to buy 90hp cruisers and then want 300hp out of them, that's just the way us guys are. I'm done spending money on go fast parts, i would have kept my sport bike if i needed speed.

However, i do want my bike to breath and get rid of the sewing machine sound.

Looks like the popular thing to do is D&D, VFC and Lloyds filter. While that isn't out of the question, i'm just curious as to see who all has bought Stage 1 and stuck with it, and if you got rid of it, why?

My main reason to go with Stage 1 over the popular vote, is even with my sport bike(which was retarded loud), I like to travel. I don't want anything that is gonna resonate in my helmet on a cross state Saturday trip, or over power my stereo.

I wanna pull the trigger on it soon so that I'm ready for spring. Just thought i'd see if anyone bought Stage 1 and stuck with it the whole time..

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I installed the swept stage 1 exhaust from Victory which comes with new filter and a tune. It's really not much louder than stock...until you hammer it but even then it's still not too loud. I love the looks but was somewhat dissappointed at first that it wasn't loud. The more I ride it the happier I am with it because I can have a conversation with my wife while riding and I don't get any complaints from my nieghbors like I did with my old 750 honda with straight pipes. I have no plans on ever removing them for other pipes.

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I went from stock to the D&D. For my taste, the D&D were too loud, must be getting old. I did a 600 mile day with them and it was just too much.

I sold them and bought some used stage 1's. From the seat, they're hardly distinguishable from the stock, but I think they sound better when someone rides it past me. I don't know if there is much of a performance benefit, but there is some.

I'm going to keep these until I hear something I like on a bike. Then I have to try to ride it. The pipes sound different from the saddle to the sidewalk. Sound is so subjective, what's too loud for me, others may think is too quiet.

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I havent rode a bike with the stage 1 on the bike, but I was at a demo ride last year when a guy took off demoing a cross country and from 40 feet away, it sounded loud enough to me as he rode off. I think they were the tri-oval pipes though. Not sure if there is any difference other then ugly.

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I havent rode a bike with the stage 1 on the bike, but I was at a demo ride last year when a guy took off demoing a cross country and from 40 feet away, it sounded loud enough to me as he rode off. I think they were the tri-oval pipes though. Not sure if there is any difference other then ugly.
That there is funny. I don't care who says otherwise.

The Tri-Oval are louder than the standard stage 1 muffs and there is some confusion on whether or not it fits years earlier than 2013. I don't know why. I don't know of any changes in that area or to the motor.

I've been running the Stage 1 muffs on my XC for quite a while now. I know they sound good to someone you might pass on the highway but they are a bit too quiet as is so I cut a few inches off the end pipe and now they are much better. The end caps act like a resonator. In fact the resonators sold at the auto parts stores that are the right diameter would probably give them an even better sound and a more custom look. Something to think about anyway.

The stage 1 muffs on my KP are much louder which is fine because that one is my hot rod.
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I have 25K miles on the stage 1 on my xc. I am happy

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I like my stage 1 exhaust. Gave me a little rumble but not obnoxious, passenger likes them also. Then added Witch Doctor exhaust tips and trimmed exhaust pipe straight instead of slashed. They really resonate on acceleration and rumble when cruising. Will add Lloyd's air filter later. I also read on forum that someone had remove a rubber strip from around air intake which will allow bike to breath better. Hoping both of these will create more low rpm torque.

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I like my stage 1 exhaust too. It's a bit quiet, but there is no popping. Maybe I'll try cutting some of the end off. How much BOB?
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I like my stage 1 exhaust too. It's a bit quiet, but there is no popping. Maybe I'll try cutting some of the end off. How much BOB?
I cut 3" off but I should have cut 1" at a time to dial it in a little better. Who knows; I might have liked it better with just 2" cut off.
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I have the Stage 1 flash and pipes. I like the low rumble on the highway and yes they are a bit on the quiet side. Especially next to my wife's HD with V&H single pipe. My dealer,told me the stage 1 is even a bit louder with the big mouth tips compared to the stock oval tips. I might try cutting off an inch or two off the end. Do you really think that made them louder?

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