To each his own.
If you ever manage to remove the stock exhaust for any reason....take a good look at it. Feel that bad boy. Compare it with a stock bike exhaust from just a few years ago, or an exhaust from a dirt bike. The V's stock exhaust is very well built. It is also restrictive and really HEAVY. It's like a chunk of lead hanging under the bike robbing your bike of smile inducing torque and a mean growl while under way.
Like a broken record, I don't want an RR or another liter bike. I wanted a comfortable, light weight and practical street bike that you ride like a dirt bike, not a supermoto or a dualsport, already got one of those. I know full well I could have picked up a more powerful, faster bike. That's not what this is about. It's about THIS IS MY BIKE and I'll do with it as I please.
I've already got the luggage, and after a few clicks the suspension works GREAT for me. I love my TBR exhaust, it's made the bike a whole lot more fun to ride, FOR ME. I prefer the additional power, the beefy sound, and the weight lost makes up for the Givi E21s, which I could not live without.
I don't care what some magazine who tested cans on ONE
already super highly tuned race bike thinks. It's just one guy trying to prove his point. I've read similar articles where a host of bikes (3 to be exact) were tested with completely different results. Post up a similar article featuring the Kawasaki Versys and I'll take note. How about the before and after slip-on dyno Shawn posted here (please forgive me Shawn for reposting this image all over the forum);
Yes, you can feel the difference a slip on makes for the Versys. Is it worth it? That's for you to decide. Don't dis other riders or insinuate they're posers because they want their Versys to run better, lose weight and sound fantastic. You anti-aftermarket exhaust guys should start up your own thread instead of crapping all over every Ixil, TBR, Arrow and Leo discussion.