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Motorcycle Exhaust Guide

These are the ins and outs of your pipes. Replacing a stock exhaust will be many riders' first – and only – foray into motorcycle mods. But why are aftermarket exhausts so popular? And what makes a $300 tin can better than something Ducati cooked up? There are good answers to these questions. And you can find them here.

Simon's Best Motorcycle Exhaust of 2015

Since exhausts are bike-specific, it's impossible to make product recommendations without knowing which motorcycle you ride.

So, Simon takes us through his own decision. When you go to make yours, our geeky customer service team will be happy to suggest a few models!

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Popular Motorcycle Exhaust Brands

The premium, the performing and the pretentious.

When it comes to motorcycle pipes, does popularity always equal high performance and head-turning style?

We discuss which exhausts are worth the hype, and which ones are just making noise.

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Motorcycle Exhaust Care: Bluing, Cleaning and Repacking

Do you love that aggressive exhaust bluing on seasoned motorcycles? Maybe you try avoiding discoloration altogether?

And did you know that some aftermarket mufflers require repacking every six riding hours?

Read on for the do's and don'ts of exhaust bluing, cleaning and repacking.

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Motorcycle Exhaust Installation

We can't guide you through every turn of the wrench. But we know a couple tips and tricks that will make the installation easier!

Read through this before you start, and you'll put the pipes on like a pro.

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Motorcycle Exhaust Fitment

Let’s talk about pipe diameters, connection points, bend angles and section lengths. No, never mind. That sounds boring.

Instead, let me direct you to Canada's Motorcycle. We have built-in software that lets you confirm fitment at the click of a button.

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Do Motorcycle Exhausts Require Jet Kits or Fuel Controllers?

It's the million-dollar question. You want to buy an exhaust system for your bike; Do you need a jet kit or a fuel controller too?

Sometimes the answer is "no." But a keen rider will always say, "yes."

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Motorcycle Exhaust Materials

It's time to get scientific about shiny things. In particular, we're looking at steel, aluminum, titanium and carbon fiber.

Which material is best for your exhaust? And more importantly: Where should the high-end materials be used?

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Slip-on Exhausts vs. Full Systems

Slip-on exhausts offer awesome sound and style. Full systems add performance to the mix.

That's the classic explanation, and it's a good one. But there are some subtleties worth exploring before you make a choice!

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Canadian Motorcycle Exhaust Laws

Canada governs how loud and emissive motorcycles can be. Stock bikes are almost guaranteed to meet these requirements. But if you alter the exhaust system in any way, the lawfulness of your motorcycle falls into question.

Whether you're intent on breaking the law or staying within it, this section is a must-read

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The Baffling Question: Mufflers, Performance and Sound

It's a baffling issue. And if you don’t understand that joke, you definitely need to read this section.

Believe it or not, louder pipes will make your motorcycle faster. Usually.

But with a baffle, you can have any combination of volume and performance.

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Benefits of an Aftermarket Motorcycle Exhaust

Motorcyclists will change their pipes for three main reasons: performance, noise and style. I suppose we could count a fourth rider too, who crashes his bike enough to destroy the stock system.

But whatever your rationale is, we say go for it. Each of the reasons here are reason enough.

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Motorcycle Exhaust Guide

These are the ins and outs of your pipes. Replacing a stock exhaust will be many riders' first – and only – foray into motorcycle mods. But why are aftermarket exhausts so popular? And what makes a $300 tin can better than something Ducati cooked up? There are good answers to these questions. And you can find them here.

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