wheww...comparing not "needing" a dirt bike to not "needing" a highdollar replacement pipe is quite the apples to oranges comparison! Whatever it takes to justify the purchase I guess.
I'll hand it to the folks making $500-$800 replacement pipes, they've done a bang up job with the marketing. Why else would so many riders on 50hp bikes feel that a stock pipe is somehow holding them back.
In the last couple years there have been 2 closed course tracks that were shut down in our area due to complaints of noise. Both went to court, both tracks are now gone.
Sorry, I dont mean to be argumentative...I've just got a big issue with loud expensive replacement pipes on big 4 strokes. There are to many riders buying pipes that are louder than stock (which are already to loud), who then go out an do their best to pizz of the neighbors with the noise.
What were those tracks? Just curious, as I am in Ohio, as well.
My view point is this. Pipes can increase hp. Sure, you may not need the full potential of your machine, but pipes can also help in the mid-range or other areas that ARE useful/usable. For Supermoto, a pipe can give the HP needed on the top end and help with the mid-range which is used in the corners at roll-on, etc. Pipes aren't for just those who have too much money...
Also, as far as tracks are concerned in Ohio, at least, the major issue is more along the lines of new housing being developed around or near tracks. Sure, you can argue that the owners should have checked the area before building, but land is at a premium and it just doesn't happen. So, you get a housing developement going to the local court or county court and petitioning to shut the track down. There are PLENTY of tracks in Ohio to ride. I think we're like 3rd or 4th in the country with the number of tracks compared to number of MX bikes sold. Killer deal on our part. You may have to drive, but hey, it only takes 3 hours to cross the state....
Don't bash guys for buying pipes. I am buying one for mine to do a few things:
-Get more hp and more usable hp in the mid-range for what I do.
-Saves the stocker from getting destroyed - ever priced a stock exhaust? The comment about these companies making killer money is funny - what is the thought about OEMs and their prices?
-Tuning. I can tune the bike more finely than with the stocker.
-Stainless - I'm considering stainless for the fact that Ti is thin and dents easily and warps under severe heat.
I don't have money to burn, but suspension and usable/smooth power is what I strive for. So, the forks go out, I get a Boysen quick shot, Fuel screw, buy an exhaust, get decent tires, a set of better handlebars, and head to the dyno to tune the shit out of it....