Originally Posted by dmbuggy
what do you mean by gutted?
Baffles removed. You and your engine (longevity and efficiency) would benefit by a proper muffler.I highly recommend an expansion-chamber and silencer if you can scrape together about $40. Your kit'll sound sweeter, your MPG will increase, and you engine'll last longer. I've found it makes for easy chokeless starts in the cold NY Winters too.
As for the cops having better things to do: this is true...until they don't have better things to do and you get pulled over. They CAN and WILL confiscate your bike if they had an argument with their wives the previous night and they don't like you. I advise you to make sure to keep as low a profile as possible in NYC.