If you’re looking for a brand new exhaust system for your motorcycle, then you might be confused regarding which one is the best for your bike and the type of riding you do most frequently. Aftermarket exhaust systems are one of the most frequently sought after motorbike parts for a couple of reasons, the most common one being performance. However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg, as there are many more benefits to getting an aftermarket exhaust system.
Besides being a performance upgrade, aftermarket exhaust systems typically weigh less, look and sound better. You can decide between a chromed out pipe to a full carbon fiber race system, which will make your bike stand out better in the crowd. And let’s not kid ourselves, we all get a little aroused when we hear the rumble of our bikes. Well, aftermarket exhaust systems usually have a deep growl that can turn heads everywhere you go (if you’re into that).
Choices wise, you can decide between a slip-on exhaust system, or a full exhaust system. Slip-on systems are very inexpensive motorbike parts, yet provide great dollar-for-dollar value. Slip-on exhaust systems can be installed with little to no effort and modification made to the bike. They open up the exhaust system, allowing your motor to breathe better and they boost the performance because of their weight.
On the other hand, a full exhaust system completely changes your bike’s configuration. You can go from a 2-to-1 exhaust or even to a pure single pipe per cylinder. Moreover, complete aftermarket exhausts are especially designed to outperform every centimeter of a stock exhaust. This includes the weight, as most aftermarket exhaust systems can weigh less by as much as a few kilograms. Lastly, the aesthetics of a complete aftermarket exhaust are second to none, so if you want to go full out black, or chrome, complete aftermarket exhaust is the best way to go.
Regardless of whether you opt for a slip-on or complete exhaust, you’ll come across exhausts made of a few different materials, namely: aluminium, stainless steel, carbon fiber and titanium.
- Stainless steel exhausts are the most commonly used ones for the sole reason of being extremely durable. Moreover, stainless steel is rust, corrosion and moisture resistant and it can perform well in all weather conditions.
- Aluminium exhausts are also durable, except they’re more lightweight than stainless steel. They do have decent levels of corrosion and rust resistance, and are ideal for bikers who ride in dusty and dry climates.
- Carbon fiber exhausts are extremely lightweight. However, you won’t find a complete carbon fiber exhaust system, only mufflers, mounting hardware and end caps.
- Titanium is the most expensive and lightest material used to manufacture exhausts. It’s ideal for those who want to get the best out of their bike.