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    #16
    I went ahead and bought it!


    Drove about 60 miles, about 50 of those miles on the highway. You'll be hearing alot more from me now.

    I love the bike, but definitely gotta address some issues, number one being this delkevic exhaust. It is very loud and has a head ringing 'drone' to it, anything over 3000 rpm. So basically anytime you're on the highway. My head was aching by the time I got back home.
    looking at the pictures, does it look like the baffle has been altered? Is this exhaust known for having a loud drone?

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      #17
      Congrats! Looks real nice in the pics. Of course I'm curious about $ (I have an 82 painted like an 83).
      1982 GS1100E V&H "SS" exhaust, APE pods, 1150 oil cooler, 140 speedo, 99.3 rear wheel HP, black engine, '83 red

      2016 XL883L sigpic Two-tone blue and white. Almost 42 hp! Status: destroyed, now owned by the insurance company. The hole in my memory starts an hour before the accident and ends 24 hours after.

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        #18
        I've never been around a Delkevic pipe but it looks really restricted, hard to imagine it would be very loud. Back in the day we would completely remove the baffles & run with completely wide open pipe. Bike looks really nice. Forget about that bike's eng. yr. model, entire bike looks way too nice & original to even think of such a thing. Congrats, I'd say you did good.
        1983 GS1100E, 1983 CB1100F, 1991 GSX1100G, 1996 Kaw. ZL600 Eliminator, 1999 Bandit 1200S, 2005 Bandit 1200S, 2000 Kaw. ZRX 1100

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          #19
          Originally posted by adam83 View Post
          I love the bike, but definitely gotta address some issues, number one being this delkevic exhaust. It is very loud and has a head ringing 'drone' to it, anything over 3000 rpm. So basically anytime you're on the highway. My head was aching by the time I got back home.
          looking at the pictures, does it look like the baffle has been altered? Is this exhaust known for having a loud drone?
          Yep, I have the same Delko megaphone and it's a total pita.
          It's near enough a straight-through and the Delko baffle is a joke, which makes a slight difference to the harsher notes, but not enough.
          I ended up welding a Supertrapp assembly on the exit, which mitigates the racket somewhat, but I still wouldn't call it quiet.
          ---- Dave
          79 GS850N - Might be a trike soon.
          80 GS850T Single HIF38 S.U. SH775, Tow bar, Pantera II. Gnarly workhorse & daily driver.
          79 XS650SE - Pragmatic Ratter - goes better than a manky old twin should.
          92 XJ900F - Fairly Stock, for now.

          Only a dog knows why a motorcyclist sticks his head out of a car window

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            #20
            Regarding the exhaust... I had an 83 1100e many years ago. It had a crappy Mac exhaust. I ended up building a baffle for it with a small turnout (approximately 45) on the end to direct a lot of the noise away from the bike. It helped quite a bit.

            congratulations on buying a fine looking cycle.
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            Glen
            -85 1150 es - Plus size supermodel.
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