And said goodbye to the angry loud V . No one complained but I live in a typical suburban area and I found myself riding my unmodified C14 most early mornings and evenings when I really wanted to ride the V. I put about 500 miles on Delkevic 14 Tri-Oval and it was fun! If I lived in an area that was more open, I would have left it on. Folks say the stainless turns color, mine has no hint of it. The Delk came off nice and easy, great piece of kit and I cleaned up the OEM muffler which seems to weigh a ton and it slipped back on in 10 minutes. Nice to know the V can change personalities in that short of a time span. I fired it up and was surprised that I was happy to hear the sewing machine again. Not only that, I think the OEM is a good look for this bike. I also took off my hand-guards, makes the bike look so much cleaner. Who knows - will probably put both back on at some point.
I have a Delkavic can on my other bike, with the baffle installed, and it doesn't seem that loud to me around the neighborhood. Yeah it makes noise WOT at higher RPMs. It sure was loud when I was behind it while it was being run on a dyno.
The Versys stock exhaust is hardly quiet WOT at higher RPMs either. Quieter though.
The Versys stock exhaust doesn't look so nice after the tailpipe trim piece falls off. Looks like a car muffler. Not a problem for me. I appreciate the internal cat and the fact that the exhaust is clean.
My Delkevic can hasn't discolored either--still shiny stainless. Don't know how long it's been in place. It was there when I bought that bike about 10k miles ago.
I bought an 09 this past weekend and specifically sought out one with a stock exhaust. There are times when the aftermarket pipes are fun, but in general I don't like to attract attention when I ride, so the stocker stays on.
I know what you mean. We have a couple of cruiser bikes with Vance & Hines pipes. If I must take one of those to work.... then I push it out of the driveway & roll it down the big hill and onto the main road and THEN hit the starter button.
I had a aftermarket on my Buell and talk about the "Stink Eye" There was a cop who lived down the road...I changed it back as fast as I could find a stocker. I don't like loud bikes anyway. Both the Versys and KLR have stock mufflers on them and will stay that way.
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RYDBAYB, if you want an even cleaner look around the front, take the mirrors off and replace them with bar end mirrors. Some people don't like the smaller size, but since they are sticking out about a 12" further than the standard mirros, you can get some pretty good side and rear views.