This is my first post here, be gentle! :D
I just bought a V Star 650 Classic Silverado.
This is my first bike in 20+ years, previously I owned a completely stock Honda 550-four. It might have been a 750-four; my brother had a 750-four custom hardtail chopper and he says I had the same motor, but I don't think so, I think mine was the smaller version. It was so looong and many miles ago. The point is that I never did any work on my bike back then. I've done tons of work on my cars over the years, but never on a bike.
Anyway, back to the initial reason for the post. The seller told me the owner prior to him drilled out the baffles in the mufflers. They appear (from the outside) to be the stock Yamaha mufflers.
I don't know what the inside of the stock muffler is supposed to look like and I really can't tell if it's been drilled or not, nor can my shade-tree mechanic across the street. But they are louder than expected. Much louder.
I have rooted around on the 'net looking for a while, but can't seem to find the help I need. Motorcycle-usa kept popping up as a great resource, so here I am.
I really don't want a particularly loud bike, a nice throatiness a little rumbling would be good, but I don't want to bother the neighbors at all.
So that's the background. The questions are these:
1) What does a stock 2005 Yamaha V Star 650 Silverado muffler look like from the rear? Does anyone have any pics?
2) Can just the baffles be replaced? I seem to only find the entire chrome setup for $350-$400, and I'm not sure if that's for one or for both pipes. At least that's what I think I'm seeing. I'm not familiar with Yamaha's part numbering scheme yet, and all the sites look like clones of one another, pulling data from the same supplier's store. Can generic baffles be welded in or some such, or do I really have to go for an entirely new system?
3) Hi! Thanks for reading and thanks in advance for any help. :D