Ready for an Enhanced Exhaust System?
If your love of motorcycling is due at least in part to the deep base thrum of a large-bore four stroke, chances are you'll want to enhance that feature at some point. One motorcycle industry analyst forecasts double-digit growth of aftermarket exhaust systems.
Why would you want to bolt on some new pipes? Here are three reasons − better performance, enhanced sound and new styling.
Keep in mind, we're talking about full exhaust systems here, not the slip-on kind. They're more expensive, but experts agree it's a case of "you get what you pay for" on all counts of performance, sound and style.
Properly tuned, a new full exhaust system can add as much as 15 percent more horsepower, according to one analyst. Another part of the performance enhancement comes in the form of reduced weight. An after-install tune can be a primary driver of better performance by balancing the complexities of exhaust waves that travel both out of the end of the system and partially reflect back towards the exhaust port. Because these elements are critical to maximizing power at various ranges of engine RPMs, it's prudent to leave that part to the professionals.
Back to the sound considerations, pay attention to the makeup of your new system to determine if it's going to enrich the sound by omitting elements that keep your bike compliant. For example, if it doesn't include a catalytic converter and a resonator, you may have improved performance at the expense of street-legal emissions and sound.
While you're at it, you may as well consider the fancy finishes that just aren't available in many OEM configurations. Carbon fiber and titanium can elevate your style to a whole new level.