Spot on. Had a '02 Softail with a 109 hp gear drive cam setup. Driving around town it was louder than other similar V-Twins and I didn't think much about it. On a trip wore tight fitting ear plugs and could't hear the engine. At a gas stop took the plugs out and swore the motor was coming apart and on pins and needles for the next 200 miles until I got used to the "normal" engine sounds at 3.5k rpm. The XR1200 is geared so running 75-80 in 5th (top gear) is just over 4k rpm (1k less than redline on other Sportsters) and without ear plugs I constantly feel the need to shift up to the non existent 6th gear. With ear plugs in I don't have that feeling of needing to up shift.