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What do you get from a new exhaust?

Other than a different sound (louder, deeper) and a few horsepower increase, what is the benefit if any of a new exhaust?

Changing the exhaust is one of the more expensive farkles and performance benefits seem pretty minor unless you also change intake and get the ECU retuned. So am I missing something or are the majority of folks spending the money on a new exhaust just for a new sound and a few extra ponies?
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I think you pretty much summed it up. A reduction of weight is another benefit I can think of.
Overall, it just sets your bike apart from the next. Which is important to many riders.

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Some exhaust changes actually reduce HP....careful of which system you choose.

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I figure dropping 15 pounds (off me, not the bike) would be the equivalent as adding a 2-3 more HP, and wouldn't cost as much as a full exhaust. But buying an exhaust would be so much easier in this world of craft beer. :^)

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Other than a different sound (louder, deeper) and a few horsepower increase, what is the benefit if any of a new exhaust?

Changing the exhaust is one of the more expensive farkles and performance benefits seem pretty minor unless you also change intake and get the ECU retuned. So am I missing something or are the majority of folks spending the money on a new exhaust just for a new sound and a few extra ponies?
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The days of loud and proud has to be on the way out soon. At least I personally am hoping. Electric motorcycles now are winning the races so what does exhaust noise really mean going into the future? And as far as handling on the tall Versys, losing weight up higher on the bike is more important than at the bottom of the bike. Carrying your weight lower is better for the center of gravity..
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You guys are great! Confirmed my suspicions, Your ride is your ride and if you want a different sound that is fine with me. I am half deaf and wear noise cancelling ear buds when I ride to try and save what I have left so exhaust sound is kind of irrelevant to me for the most part. However I do like that old school loud grunt from the bike next to me at the stop light. Kind of reminds me of the Dunstall Megaphones I had on my nike back in the early 70s. (Probably why I canít hear worth a crap today)
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Other than a different sound (louder, deeper) and a few horsepower increase, what is the benefit if any of a new exhaust?

Changing the exhaust is one of the more expensive farkles and performance benefits seem pretty minor unless you also change intake and get the ECU retuned. So am I missing something or are the majority of folks spending the money on a new exhaust just for a new sound and a few extra ponies?

I am really not sure but after two years I really feel like I need some bass coming out of my bike to fall in love for it again since I haven't ridden it much at all other than the 10 min a week ride to not let it sit!
I just found a still expensive but not 1000 dollars option on Amazon for US$349,00.
Musarri Brand..never heard of it btw...

http://www.amazon.com/Musarri-Street...08703800&psc=1

Anybody knows if this is any good? Found a few videos on youtube and the sound is ok! I was hopping to find something more throaty as a Arrow...but those go for 750 at least so...what are your thoughts?
Thanks!
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> What do you get from a new exhaust?

A general recognition of how poorly you value money?

I'm not saying there is a charity nearby that could really use 500$, I'm saying think of all you can do with that money, like a month of food...
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You guys are great! Confirmed my suspicions, Your ride is your ride and if you want a different sound that is fine with me. I am half deaf and wear noise cancelling ear buds when I ride to try and save what I have left so exhaust sound is kind of irrelevant to me for the most part. However I do like that old school loud grunt from the bike next to me at the stop light. Kind of reminds me of the Dunstall Megaphones I had on my nike back in the early 70s. (Probably why I canít hear worth a crap today)
Sad to say I'm old enough to remember Dunstalls. I wear ear plugs 100% of the time, too. My bad ears come from 9 years working on a flightline.

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Additional HP??? Maybe 30 years ago when carburetors ruled and epa emissions were yet to be invented.

Today's exhaust systems are carefully designed to work in conjunction with the engine to produce great results. As others have mentioned, bolting on an expensive aftermarket system often will result in a loss of not only peak HP but more importantly torque, especially torque right where you want it, down low in the revs. This is not just my opinion, ask a few competent engine builders/tuners who have a dyno and they can show you the dyno runs to back this up.

I get the desire for better sound, less weight, and something new and shiny to rub on in the garage but the exhaust system is only half of the equation. The other half is adjusting air/fuel ratios to match the new noise maker. If you are fortunate there may be a flash available for your bike and new exhaust. Most of the time however this is not the case.

Where do you go from here? Maybe you can find a tuner who would be willing to spend countless hours developing a new flash for your machine and ask you to shell out another large chunk of Benjamin's. Or as many do you can buy a power commander and end up dorking up the air/fuel ratios even further.

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I am really not sure but after two years I really feel like I need some bass coming out of my bike to fall in love for it again since I haven't ridden it much at all other than the 10 min a week ride to not let it sit!
I just found a still expensive but not 1000 dollars option on Amazon for US$349,00.
Musarri Brand..never heard of it btw...

http://www.amazon.com/Musarri-Street...08703800&psc=1

Anybody knows if this is any good? Found a few videos on youtube and the sound is ok! I was hopping to find something more throaty as a Arrow...but those go for 750 at least so...what are your thoughts?
Thanks!



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Plus one on the Yoshimura. The previous owner put one on my Gen1. I don't know what it really does for the bike, but it sure sounds good.
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