I hope you dont take offense, but those guys are giving you smart advice.
This introduction post satisfied forum requirements for me to pm someone about a rack for the bike, another mod I think she will appreciate. This isn't my first time around the block.
"Dont jump in headfirst with the mods" until the lady has had a chance to get accustomed to the stock configuration.
I don't want her to get accustomed to the stock configuration; the stock configuration doesn't work for her and leaves significant room for improvement. She can't touch the ground without the bike being lowered, so I'm addressing that issue. It would have been nice if I had bought her a bike with LED lighting, so I'm setting the bike up with modern/bright/attractive lighting. Had Honda not been saddled with emissions restrictions, the bike would have come from the factory with a lighter pipe and better fuel injection mapping.
In fact I think the majority of females get turned off by loud pipes so that mod in particular I think you may want to hold off on that.
She's been riding on the back of my much bigger/louder bikes for over 10 years. To elaborate on my previous post, she has no interest in keeping the stock boat anchor, appreciates the sound of a motorcycle, and was glad that I found a good deal on a pipe from a reputable manufacturer.
Welcome to the forum.
Maybe Im getting too old but I personally cant stand a loud obnoxious exhaust. I was at a red light today with some Harley goofball that had pipes so loud it was louder than my lawnmower. People like that give all motorcyclists a bad name because the general public starts to think we are all "that kind of guy". And some states are even passing restrictive new laws that are unfavorable to the motorcycle community and it is all because of the Squids with loud pipes or those driving recklessly and breaking every traffic law in the book. The bad behavior of those guys is going to get all of us in trouble.
Thank you for the welcome, and maybe you are getting too old. I never would have imagined being exposed to so much criticism for making a bike "better." I'm an engineer at heart, and "improving" motorcycles is part of what I enjoy about this hobby. I'm not sure what I will have to offer to this forum if something as simple as swapping a pipe ruffles this many feathers.