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I of course recommend leaving the exhaust completely stock, as well as the intake system. I DID install a brand new V&H system, loved it around town, but I do most of my riding on the freeways, and they sounded HORRIBLE at 5500 rpm. Even earplugs couldn't stop that awful noise. So I sold them at quite a loss, and reinstalled the stock system, with all new gaskets. The gaskets, including the 4 graphite seals on the "goats belly" cost a good part of what I got for the V&H pipes, and I was STILL happy. An expensive lesson learned.
That was also the first time I have installed an aftermarket exhaust on a bike, and I've had about 40 bikes over the past 35 years.
If you do decide to destroy the stock exhaust, you will probably need to rejet. I did with my V&H pipes, went up one size on both the pilot and main jets.
Not to long after the V&H pipe fiasco, and still wanting that sound, I bought a '97 Harley Road King. It runs at half the Vulcans rpms on the highway, and still makes that nice sound. There is some vibration, but IMO it is not nearly as bad as everybody says. And mine is an unbalanced single cam EVO. It is rubber mounted.
If you want a real Harley sound, get a real Harley. You will not get it from a Vulcan 750. Sound is only a small part of why I wanted the Harley, I also liked the looks, the old tech design that almost anybody can work on, parts availability, and most of all, the fact that the engine and transmission can be easily and cheaply rebuilt forever. BTW, I did NOT join the Harley scene, the one thing about riding a Harley I hate.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike