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post #1 of 30 Old 06-14-2007, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Another exhaust question...

I am sure this has been asked a ton of times but.... I just got my 07 KLR last week. As soon as I hit my 500 mile service I want to install an aftermarket exhaust. I did read on here about the big gun, but was wondering what other pipes people are using and the various prices. I am used to drag pipes on my fatboy and I cant stand not being able to be heard. I ride sensible and dont disturb the peace, but I think it helps for cars to hear me as well as see me. Louder is better but I dont want to lose power I would like to gain some bottem end torque. Any and all input will be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 30 Old 06-14-2007, 10:46 PM
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I will prolly be the only one to post this, but I really liked my Super Trapp Quiet series pipe. I never had any problems with it at all.

Price was right, red locktite the crap out of everything when you install it. Also adjust your fuel mixture screw out 2 1/4 turns with an aftermarket pipe.

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post #3 of 30 Old 06-15-2007, 01:50 PM
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I am used to drag pipes on my fatboy and I cant stand not being able to be heard.

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I ride sensible and dont disturb the peace, but I think it helps for cars to hear me as well as see me.
If your bike is loud enough to be heard in a car, you're disturbing the peace.

Do as you wish, but loud bikes cause more laws against bikes than do anything else. If you want to be heard, put a loud horn on it. Loud bikes only piss off non-riders and cause more problems and bad publicity for those of us who want to ride, not be heard..

Just sayin'..

I put aftermarket pipes on my V Strom. They increased power, reduced weight, and are as quiet as stock.. AKA- they're perfect..

I personally don't want others people (riders and non-riders) thinking less of me because I'm riding a loud bike that gives me a headache.. I'd rather have a silent bike, or no bike, than a loud one. Good luck with the exhaust..
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I spent 5 years on my Honda Shadow with unbaffled shotgun pipes. They were on the bike when I bought it. All my cruiser buddies love the way it sounds. Even my wife loved the way it sounded at first which led to me buying the bike. Don't get me wrong, I think it sounds pretty good myself. For right around town, it is not too bad. But on a long ride, it is way too LOUD. It gives me a headache.
I'm glad my KLR is stealthy enough to sneek up on deer & other wildlife at the farm. I welcome the peace & quiet

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Oops I forgot, Welcome to the forum Adam. I'm glad you found us

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post #6 of 30 Old 06-15-2007, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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I appreciate everyones comments. What I mean about loud pipes but not disturbing is I put around in town at 2500rpms not shifting at 6500rpms showing off. It is a matter of preference, and this is the land of the free and I value everyones opinions but mostly I am looking for advice on what aftermarket pipe is the best from experience for performance and price. Better sound will be an added bonus since my electric weedeater makes more noise then my stock KLR. lol Thanks
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post #7 of 30 Old 06-15-2007, 10:58 PM
 
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I use the E2 exhaust. I have a review about it over.

http://klrworld.com/forums/index.php/topic,1940.0.html
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post #8 of 30 Old 06-16-2007, 06:55 AM
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What I mean about loud pipes but not disturbing is I put around in town at 2500rpms not shifting at 6500rpms showing off.
I know my post sounded a bit harsh, but it's the people who are doing the high rev crap with straight pipes who are going to be the first to bitch when they get the ticket for improper exhaust.

I completely respect your freedom to do what you want to your bike, and I hope you understand my freedom to detest loud street motorcycle exhaust.

The last exhaust I put on a single and was happy with was a Supertrapp EAR system on a Honda EX300 quad I used to own. Between the pipe, jetting, UNI air filter, and a Curtis Sparks unlimited rev brain box, the quad when from very boring to very fun. I don't know if the EAR system will add the sound you want, since I don't think it was much louder than the stock exhaust that came on my 250 Recon that I have now.

Firefighter_Joe, the exhaust I put on the Strom is the Leo Vince cans, where I left the baffle in. Nice low rumble, and unless you're running it above 6-7 grand, remains just about as quiet as stock. I think the only thing quieter than the Leo's is the Akrapovic stuff.

Now for you old timers.. Do you remember the day you were pulled over by the police because your Cherry Bomb exhaust grabbed someone's attention, only to get a ticket for loud exhaust?? Now, if you think about it, you'll also remember that that exhaust was quieter than some of the stock pipes that come on bikes these days..

The laws are still on the books for loud exhaust. Several communities are starting to enforce them on motorcycles, and more are considering this, too.. If you decide to install LOUD exhaust, you might want to save some money for fines, also.

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It got to the point where the exhaust note changing to that wheezing sound was becoming the biggest wart on my KLR. Staintune installed, baffle always in, ten pounds off. Stock DRz sounds better though, combination of other factors perhaps.
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post #10 of 30 Old 06-16-2007, 09:38 AM
 
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I laugh when the guys riding the loud bike come to a stop sign and pull in on the clutch and give it a couple of shots of the throttle, it screams he look at me.
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