Looks is only a small part of pipes. Sound is what you might want to know beforehand. Sound is very subjective. What I may like, you may hate. Now you've spent $500 or more on a system that you can't stand the sound of. I've heard this many times over the years on this board.
"I just purchased an exhaust from recommendations from this board and they sound horrible. What do I do now?"
What the dealer says:
If you've got a Honda VTX1300 Retro in your garage, do yourself a favor and get a set of Cobra's new VTX1300 Retro exhausts to complete your killer custom look. Custom designed for the VTX1300 Retro, these beautifully chromed exhausts add a little extra something to Honda's VTX family.
Dont sound as good as Cobra Speedster Slashdowns. They keep the retro look. And dont break the bank!
If you want to here the sound of whatever pipe, plug it in to UTUBE most are there.