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Torque master exhaust for gl1500

I'm considering the torque master exhaust on both my 90 SE AND 93 Aspencade. I've heard that there is an increase in performance.. That sounds good to me, but I do NOT want to increase the noise level at cruise speeds. I wear hearing aids, and with the built-in headset and a high enough windshield, I can hear the music without turning it up loud enough to drown out any close-by sirens. I can deal with a little more growl at idle, or on take off, but not at cruise. Do I have to scrifice quiet for increased performance?
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I'd be willing to bet some donuts that extra noise is all you will get from an aftermarket exhaust. Honda engineers their bikes to have the best possible power band, high, low and in between. So save your money.

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If you want to experiment for little to no investment, try some Harley pipes, you can get them for nothing to not much more, not loud & work great, I have them on my Wing & Shadow.

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With todays technology it would seem that different muffler manufacturers would have a site where you could listen to their mufflers on different bikes by computer. Is there such a site?
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I'm considering the torque master exhaust on both my 90 SE AND 93 Aspencade. I've heard that there is an increase in performance.. That sounds good to me, but I do NOT want to increase the noise level at cruise speeds. I wear hearing aids, and with the built-in headset and a high enough windshield, I can hear the music without turning it up loud enough to drown out any close-by sirens. I can deal with a little more growl at idle, or on take off, but not at cruise. Do I have to scrifice quiet for increased performance?
Thanks,
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I put them on my '93 SE. They are WAY louder than stock @ freeway speeds. I have to have the radio up and on the front speakers. My wife or I can't even hear the radio any more if I have the fader in the middle. I think it would be OK with helmet/intercom speakers, or earbuds, but we don't run them. As far as performance, I can't tell any difference. I read once somewhere that they actually hurt it some. On the other hand, I rode Sportbikes with after market 4 into 1 exhaust most of my life and I like the "note" of the Torque Masters. YMMV
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My 94 SE has the Hollwood version with the quiet baffles installed. Don't know about any change in performance but it is louder and in my opinion has a nice rumble to it. These were on the bike when I bought it and I added the quiet cores which reduced the volume by about 25%.

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