Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Maryville, TN, US
Re: Downward Exhaust
First, to answer your question about the down turn, it most likely was to keep the exhaust noise to a minimum. I put a Remus exhaust on mine for a short time and the noise was disturbing to Ol' What's Her Name. It wasn't really the sound of the exhaust that bothered her (and eventually US), but rather the fact that the exhaust pipe came straight out the back and directly under the left pannier. It seemed to pick up the exhaust note and amplify it through the pannier very similar to banging on an empty 55 gallon barrel with a hammer. Several people have fixed this problem by putting a 4 inch extension on their Remus. Unfortunately for me, I didn't find out about this fix until after I returned mine to stock and got rid of the pipe.
The other added bonus of the down turned pipe is that every time you drive in and out of your garage/parking area you get the floor dusted and the leaves blown off your driveway. The last good reason for the down turn is that when you start your LT after being on the side stand it doesn't blow the oil smoke in your Harley buddies faces, but rather lets it waft gently up to them similar to fog in a Lon Chaney movie.
Now, as to polishing the chrome...I do clean mine from time to time (read here, about three times a year) but my motto is: "If I have time to wash it, I have time to ride it" The road grime, bugs and soot are what distinguish us from our clean freak Harley brothers. Well, that and helmets, appropriate riding gear, gloves with fingers on them, smiles instead of scowls, odometers with more than 4 digits showing, the ability to hear our radios over the din of blaring exhaust pipes, tires with wear on the outer edges too, and......well, you get the picture. I'm envious that you take the time to clean your LT. They're great looking bikes especially when clean but as you spend more time riding you'll find less need to clean because you just won't want to pull yourself off the road that much. Enjoy! and be safe.
BTW, welcome to the forum.