Took a leap of faith - no comments needed - and cut an additional 2" off the baffles today. I really need to figure out how to upload an audio track!
Anyway, I love the sound! Much deeper and fuller - amazing what shortening the baffles to 10" does!
I kept the long extra pieces in case I get tired (read "my wife gets tired"
of the sound, as I can always tack weld them back on.
The idle now sounds like a 98" motor and full throttle is awesome!
Normal riding - fill in the blank - is just fine as long as I keep my hand out of it.
Our son's neighbor has a V star with stock pipes and told me that although he liked the sound of my bike before, he loves it now.