Once upon a time, dumping the OEM exhaust was a great way to strip a ton of weight off your motorcycle and uncork an impressive amount of horsepower hidden in the engine. Times have changed, and stock systems are lighter and flow better than in the Bad Old Days. Yes, if you pop for a titanium system, you can still pare away some poundage from your bike.

Let’s be honest, though, the real attraction of an aftermarket pipe for many riders has always been the volume of the exhaust note. Yep, they sound really fast. The good news is that some pipes actually do improve not only the bike’s top end power, but also its power curve throughout the rpm range.

The question is: Do you really need that additional 3.7 peak hp to bop over to Piggly Wiggly for some Beer Nuts? Also, you might as well admit that you just want people to look at you if you just mounted your full system or slip-on and didn’t bother to adjust your…

  • Flubbly

    Where on the list are mohawk helmet wigs and pillions with jeggings?

    • Starmag

      “jeggings”. LOL. I had to look that up. 1 Minute of my life gone forever.

      • spiff

        It only took me about 20 seconds, and I feel it was time well spent.

        • Starmag

          I just meant that as a fad-of-the-moment comment, but after reading yours I went back and looked more closely. You couldn’t be more right, that was time well spent.

  • Starmag

    The irony of aftermarket mods is that the resale value of motorcycles have proven over a long time that bone stock bikes almost always sell for more. Despite the thousands you throw at it, you usually make it worth less. This becomes even more true the older the bike gets.

    • Jon Jones

      Right on the money.

    • spiff

      I would argue a well accessories period correct bike is still valued. I also agree with you overall. Thats why you should save all your stock parts. At the time of sale swap everything out and sell the aftermarket stuff on the side.

    • Craig Hoffman

      It is work, but it makes sense to put a bike back to stock when you sell it, and sell the cool Penske shocks, Akra exhausts, Power Commanders etc separately and to hang the boat anchor stock exhaust back on it. Much more money is recovered that way.

      It is heartbreaking to take a well set up and tuned bike and put it back intostock form, but you are right. Nobody is willing to pay for a well set up and tuned bike with aftermarket mods on it.

  • john phyyt

    Another great read thank-you Evans; I would only query your suggestion that number plates only make your bike faster.
    I would suggest , that they also make it handle better and shorten stopping distances . They also make you and your cycle irresistable to potential lovers.

  • Mahatma

    Done #5,4,3,2. Did #7,but got caught red handed,so must revisit DoV here in norway with my original exhaust mounted.#1 is irrelevant on my nt650gt.

    Nice article.