To each their own. The places I prefer to go riding, the population density probably isn't even 1% of what it is there in the Northeast. Some parts of it don't even get to 1 person/square mile, including the cities. For comparison, Harney County, Oregon is twice the size of the State of Connecticut but less than half the population of the town of Greenfield, MA. Thus for me, More Noise just means More Tired at the end of the day. Stock exhaust works great for what I do. If I could find a perfectly quiet gas-powered motorcycle that could cover open-road at a sufficient pace, I'd write a deposit check on the spot.