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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-14-2006, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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i think i might regoat my degoat.

justice and i took a trip down to plymouth and back yesterday... about a 90 mile round trip from boston. this was the longest trip since degoating about a week ago. when i got back to boston after the ride i noticed my ears were ringing. the bike is definitely louder without the goat's belly, but on top of the low growl there's an annoying higher pitched 'clicking' sound in the background. i'm not sure if the clicking sound just comes with the degoat... i do know however that my ears never rang after a long ride before i removed the goat's belly.

i'm not sure how you guys deal with louder pipes on long trips. i think i might go back to the goat. i'm planning to take a long trip in september and i want to be able to listen to music above the engine hum without having to crank the volume.

when i degoated, i had to remove the wire mesh baffles (baffle? gasket?) from the mufflers in order to fit the scootworks pipes. any ideas where i can buy this part?

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that's why i'm not even thinking about degoat, let alone the louder pipes - it's too loud the way it is!

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I don't know about this too loud sh-- I have the v/h exaust
and I mostly run with the baffels out now that's loud.
you guy's must be too old I am 46 and it doesnt bother me.
It makes a lot of them people in car's know your around....
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You should not of had to take out your screens, don't know what's up with that that. Earplugs on long/hiway trips will take care of excess noise, even with stock exhaust at 65 mph how well would you be able to hear a radio anyway? Loud is not for everyone but I wore earplugs when I had stock pipes as they are louder than you think.(road and wind noise etc.)
Check e-bay if some one here doesn't have any mufflers for sale, not sure if you can buy just the screens, I imagine thay are welded in.
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I don't know about this too loud sh-- I have the v/h exaust
and I mostly run with the baffels out now that's loud.
you guy's must be too old I am 46 and it doesnt bother me.
It makes a lot of them people in car's know your around....
oh, i don't doubt that the louder pipes help with 'visibility' on the road. i guess i'm just overly sensitive when it comes to my ears. i've played in a few bands and already have tinitis. i just don't want to do any more damage... hearing doesn't come back. i don't think the louder pipes would be as much of an issue if i were only taking short rides, but if i'm going to be out on the road six or seven hours each day i need to be a bit more careful. there's a reason those professional lawnmowers wear gun range style ear protection.

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You should not of had to take out your screens, don't know what's up with that that. Earplugs on long/hiway trips will take care of excess noise, even with stock exhaust at 65 mph how well would you be able to hear a radio anyway? Loud is not for everyone but I wore earplugs when I had stock pipes as they are louder than you think.(road and wind noise etc.)
Check e-bay if some one here doesn't have any mufflers for sale, not sure if you can buy just the screens, I imagine thay are welded in.
i rode cross country (before the degoat) with an ipod nano at about 75% volume and was able to hear it all right. too bad about those screens... really didn't seem like the scootworks pipes would fit without removing that wire mesh.

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Loud pipes are very directional, and unless your cage has the windows down, you won't know a bike is around until it passes you and the pipes are pointed at you. I paid particularly close attention to this a month or so ago when wifey and I were doing some site seeing and were on the biker trails down around Leakey in the Kia cage. Bikes were everywhere, and I couldn't hear them unless they were right in front of me going the same direction as me, or as they passed going the other way, and then only for a moment. I even tried with the window down and the wind noise kept it from being any different. I could hear them plenty well in the parking lots! Just not when we were moving and had the windows up. Considering what damage it can do to the rider's ears, I wouldn't call loud pipes a "safety enhancement". JMHO

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Between wind noise and stock pipes, I wear earplugs for long (35m+) trips. The wind noise is worse than the exhaust at least on my bike.
Ipod at 75%, that's way loud. I wouldn't even consider trying to listen to music on the bike as I'd have to crank it too high in order to hear it. I too have tinitis and must guard what's left of my hearing. Maybe once I get a windshield and the wind noise is down I would consider it, but as of now, no way.

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maybe my hearing is worse than i thought! even when i'm not on the bike i crank the ipod at about 75%. the wind noise on my bike (even with my windshield) was worse than the pipes before the degoat. now the combination of the two is a little too much.

i bought the ipod as an impulse buy right before i left on the cross country trip. in retrospect, i'm not sure how i would have survived without it. at 75% volume, i can hear the music in the background... there's not a lot of definition, but i can usually hear the beat and the vocals.

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Degoating for me wasn't about sound but about getting the hot box off the bike and maybe getting more life expectancy on stator , r/r, battery etc. If you wear a helmet the sound is bearable.
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With the Ipod do you have speakers or ear plugs. I have speakers on my bike and still can hear trafic and the music. I would not recomend ever wearing earplug head phones. Also it is not legal in Illinois to have headphones on.

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