Get this exhaust. Absolutely amazing sound quality. Very easy install as highlighted in my original post (under 15 mins with 2 12mm wrenches. Even if you're completely mechanically inept, you can do this). Worth every penny IMO. It has transformed the bike completely. The sound matches the look 100%, and it no longer sounds week AF.
After you install, run the bike and put your hand just next to the clamp to see if you can feel some air coming out. More than likely you will. The tip doesn't go all the way in and flush with the rim at the header pipe. I got a silicone seal and put it around the clamp before tightening, and right around the tip of the muffler where it clamps. Then I pushed the clamp as far down as possible to where it was touching the rim and tightened it. Ran it for a bit and there was just a tiny bit of air still coming out, but zero leak after the seal bonded when the exhaust got hot. Picture attached.
If this is a commuter bike that you start up at 6am every day and you live in a dense neighborhood, then this is not the right exhaust for you - you will wake up many toddlers and piss off neighbors. If you take this out for joy rides then this is exactly the right exhaust for you as is. I have no interest in making it quieter with a baffle. The difference is out of this world. I love the way it rumbles a little when you let off the gas, and it's so awesome to finally be able to hear when you need to shift instead of wind noise constantly anything above 3rd gear (full face helmet). Not a single video has done this exhaust justice. However loud you think it is...it's probably 10x louder off camera in person. I'm still getting my neighborhood used to it, so I hit the killswitch before pulling in, but really it's not obnoxious either. It doesn't feel like you're purposely trying to be loud...it just feels like if people never heard you pull in before with the stock muffler, they would totally say "yeah figured it would sounds like this".
It's got a deep tone, and I don't find it to be raspy or fart canish...
Note: sometimes when slowing down you do get some droning and it punctures your ear drums momentarily, but not in a bad way and it's not constant.
Well, I'm happy to report that I didn't feel any "dead/flat spots" on it. Idles fine, no engine light, doesn't feel like it's struggling in any way. Absolutely zero gains either though. It drives exactly the same to me, although I found myself keeping it in gear longer and getting a few km/hr more with 1st and second gear. Not sure if this is performance gain, or just the fact that I can actually hear it clearly now as opposed to just feeling nothing but vibration with no clue where the red line is. Speaking of - vibration seems to have gone down for some reason...
In any case, no power loss or gain. Same bike, just feels nicer to go through the gears on. Shifting is more pleasurable IMO up and down, and it may "feel" faster, or that you're getting up to speed quicker, but it's not.
It sticks out and up a bit more than OEM, but the finish is quite nice in the ceramic black. It looks like this was the stock muffler on this bike. Nice high quality finish and design. No complaints there.
This exhaust looks and sounds like it belongs on this particular bike. Don't be scared about being too loud, because there are louder bikes and cars out there, but be conscious of what you are using your bike for and you'll be fine. Daily commuter? Probably move away or silence it. And if you're in a neighborhood, don't pin it. I didn't get any dirty looks driving normal...even from old folk on their evening stroll. Again, it sounds like it belongs...
Last edited by SC48; 07-31-2019 at 09:43 PM.