Stock pipe vs Aftermarket
I know a lot of riders buy into the whole loud pipes save lives BS, I don't. People listen to music, talk on their cell phone, etc., having loud pipes won't save you from people being bad drivers.
The way the stock Roadliner is quiet while in idle is one of the things I really love about it. That and the look is beautiful. Then there is the performance you get out of having the EXUP Valve. For me, whenever I see aftermarket pipes on a Roadliner or Stratoliner it makes me cringe a little. Leave the straight pipes for the Harley guys.
Yeah I might catch some flack for this, but it is my opinion. The Roadliner was tuned perfectly so, keeping the pipe stock is important. But the devils advocate part of me knows we all have to make our bikes our own, but I still feel it takes too much away from it. I was very sad when Yamaha discontinued the line.
Ride what fits you, and what you enjoy. Forget about acting macho, to impress your friends or some cute girl.
I ride a 2006 Yamaha Roadliner because it's what fits me, is fast when I want and need it to be, and it makes me feel whole.