Once upon a time, dumping the OEM exhaust was a great way to strip a ton of weight off your motorcycle and uncork an impressive amount of horsepower hidden in the engine. Times have changed, and stock systems are lighter and flow better than in the Bad Old Days. Yes, if you pop for a titanium system, you can still pare away some poundage from your bike.

Let’s be honest, though, the real attraction of an aftermarket pipe for many riders has always been the volume of the exhaust note. Yep, they sound really fast. The good news is that some pipes actually do improve not only the bike’s top end power, but also its power curve throughout the rpm range.

The question is: Do you really need that additional 3.7 peak hp to bop over to Piggly Wiggly for some Beer Nuts? Also, you might as well admit that you just want people to look at you if you just mounted your full system or slip-on and didn’t bother to adjust your…