Seems like evryone loves there pipes.I have HK 3" on mine.I love them.They look very similiar to the cobra speedsters I guess by looking at the picture couple above. I have heard and seen the Hks sometimes have or seem to get a chip on them.Mine has 1 at the very end 1/2 inch in.I dont think there as raspy sounding as cobras just deeper.
It all depends if you put a custom air box on too.
Some people seem to like the shorter pipes on there bike.I think the R looks best with long pipes it compliments the lines on it and stays with the retro look.
Have fun,be safe!
I have the V&H BigShots on my VTX and I love the way they sound, very deep and not blatty at all. I have the standard baffles in and they've even gotten better as time goes on and miles pile up.
They can get pretty loud when you get into the upper revs or wide open throttle, but I can easily ride through my subdivision at 1-2am and keep it quiet enough not to disturb anyone or my 2month old son, even when pulling in the garage, which is right under his room.
I also wear earplugs while riding to protect my hearing from wind noise and the BigShots are still very noticeable then, can easily ride and shift by sound with the plugs in.
ive got the HK 2.5 classic straits on mine. I love them, they have a great tone and are a good kinda loud, good deep tone and at speed the quiet down unless you crack the throttle. my buddie has the cobra speedsters on his 1300c. i think the HK's are a little bit lower in tone but they both sound good. there about the same when it comes to how loud they are. JMO
Yep, I'll go along with the crowd on the HK 3". I'm VERY pleased with them for sound, performance, and looks. Their design fit the lines of the retro well. I can ride all day without going deaf thanks to the hard bags deflecting the deep throaty sound away from me.
I've got the V&H bigshots. They sound great. I've got compliments from several Harley riders. Nice deep rumble at idle and really bark when you jump on it. I wouldn't trade them for anything.
My advise would be to only consider pipes that have full lengh heat shields. This will keep your pipes from bluing. After that, just pick the ones you think look the best because all will sound good on a 1300.