Two Brothers Exhaust Review
Ok so first off I just installed this exhaust today, so this is still an early review. I will update it as I put more miles on the bike.
Honda Rebel 500
I started with the stock exhaust. Which is obscenely quiet and gigantic.
I then bought an emgo exhaust and an angled exhaust mid pipe. I also bought a silencer for it because I thought it would be needed. Even though it was louder than stock I still really couldn't hear it to much with my helmet on, and at speed the wind drowns it out completly. And forget hearing it while riding with others.
So after using those two for the past year, and not really being super happy I decided to finally pony up the cash and buy what I considered to be the obscenely overpriced Two Brothers Comp-S Slip-On.
Install: Obscenely easy. Everything lines up perfectly without any issue. Realistically you could install this in under 5 minutes. My only slight complaint is it probably should have came with some sealant to make sure it stays leak free at the clamp. But it doesn't seem to be leaking so hopefully that isn't an issue.
Build Quality: The Slip-On looks really nice. I got the Ceramic Black option. There was one tiny piece of the fiber glass filling sticking up inside, but that really isn't and issue anyway. The fit an finish all seem pretty high quality so I don't see having any issues there.
Design: This is probably mostly a matter of opinion because a lot comes down to looks. It does look good, but it also does stick out quite far from the bike. With the slanted upward design it does look like it was more intended for a sport bike as opposed to a cruiser. My biggest issue with design is I am not sure how much work was put into designing this exhaust specifically for this bike. The reason I say that is the exhaust is listed as being for the 300/500. Which to me is an issue. While obviously the layout of the bikes are the same the engine and therefor the exhaust system isn't any where near being close to similar. The 300 is a single cylinder engine with a Cat built into the exhaust. Meaning this exhaust is a cat-delete for the 300. It even specifies this on their website. But the 500 is a Twin with a 2 to 1 exhaust system which has the Cat in the exhaust line as opposed to being in the muffler. And yet here we are with the same muffler. And their website says nothing about the fact that on the 500 this is not a Cat-delete exhaust. While it probably won't cause an issue, I just feel like for the MSRP of $479 USD that the exhaust should be a little more tuned to different engines. Also keep in mind these will have to be repacked every so often, so they are not maintenence free. But it is pretty easy to do.
Loudness: Ok like I said I have only had this for today. So I will update this more. But the quick summary is yes it is loud......Compared to what this bike sounded like stock. To be honest if I eliminate the two other exhausts I have tried on this bike, this bike would likely still be quieter than all my past motorcycles. But saying that, it is by no means quiet. Comparing it to stock is an obscene difference. I don't think it should really annoy neighbors to much if you are not reving your engine like a moron.
Sound Quality: Oh My God... Did I get a new bike???? This can't be the same bike??? How can a paralell twin sound this good? Imagine big block sports car deep sound. That is kinda what you get. I watched every video on youtube of this exhaust and to be honest it sounds nothing like that. Do not judge if you are going to buy this on computer sound clips. I will likely upload one, but it will not do this exhaust any justice. It is by far the most amazing improvement you could ever expect to this bike.
Price: At $430 for stainless and $480 for black ceramic this is probably the most expensive exhaust you can get for the bike. Luckily through revzill or ebay you can get them a bit cheaper. But even so they do still seem very high priced for what they are.
Overall: To be honest, I love the exhaust. The sound is amazing, the quality is high, and the installation is easy. In my opinion if you can swallow the high price, you should buy this exhaust.