Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Central Alabama
1. Heat isn't bad at all compared to many pipes as these come wrapped which keep a lot of it down. You do still need to be careful not to rest your leg or boot against them though as that will eventually melt a hole through whatever is against them, as their design puts them higher and wider than most. I usually leave my right foot on the peg when stopped but if it is down I can feel the air vibrations on my boot which gets placed directly under the exhaust (I'm 5' 11")
2. They look awesome, but you will not be carrying on much of a conversation with anyone without being on the border of screaming. They put out a lot of noise that is more forward than most rear facing exhaust systems as it reflects off the road more. If I am going out for a good long ride then many times I'll put in plugs or some good fitting earbuds.
3. Mine tuned up great. I have a big shot tuner and torque tubes. Almost zero popping, just once in a blue moon. 100hp/110torq on my 100" 2007. I expected less with such short open pipes but the torque tubes appear to help make a good improvement.
I have not heard mine up against a Thor yet, but that was going to be my next choice. Also newer models require oil cooler relocation I believe which can add another good chunk to the cost.