I see it's pretty much a 50/50 toss-up on what we like and/or prefer. Myself, I like the undertail style.
But regardless of what we actually prefer personally, does anyone have any idea of WHO started the GP style and WHY? Was it based on public opinion or surveys, or did they just take it upon themselves to do it anyway even if we didn't like or want it?
Before they even started making undertail muffs, I always liked the headers with the muffs along the swingarm, like the old-school Kerker 4-into-1's. But the new style of muff just plain looks WIERD! Like stubby muffs (No, not the kind on a midget babe!) Yet so many manufacturers are switching to that style!
Let me guess....
It's cheaper! Yes? Anything to save a few production dollars without lowering the final cost of the bikes, which adds up to bigger profits for all.
I have no doubt some bikes with undertail muffs might get hot on the seat. Some may not. But then the ones that had the muffs beside the tail and not directly under it, like the 919 for example. Mine never get me hot. And I think a 919 would look downright GOOFY with that low-slung GP Style muffler on them. (Watch, Barton will rush out and buy one just to show me I'm wrong! That just sounds like something he would do!)
Oh, Brian, did you see my post where I ordered my new DC3 for the front? Yep! Will be in on Tuesday at my Honda dealer where I got my bike. Yee-Hah!