Hey Barb... I just made the run from Anchorage, Alaska to Dawson City, Yukon Territory and back last weekend and had my 16y.o. daughter on the back. The run back was a straight shot at a spirited pace
and somewhere around 100 miles each way was dirt / gravel (that brand new TKC-80 you mounted for me last week made the ultimate sacrifice and is now bald as a billiard).
It's been my experience that most of the noise on a motorcycle comes from the pillion. Here's a shot of Nana about 75 miles outside of Dawson. Narry a peep. You just can't put a price on that.
Xlnt piece of gear. Thanks!