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Hi All,
I'd like to either change or modify the stock exhaust on my Wee. Just looking for a bit more volume, aside from going 90mph:mrgreen:I'm sure this has been discussed in the past but I'm not making too much progress with my searches. I have seen a mod where you actually drill additional holes in the stock baffle. I'm not sure I want to do that. Any and all suggestions are always appreciated.
 

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I'll just say this once and go away to let the argument go on for many pages. The easiest adjustment is to your mindset. Changing or modifying an exhaust to make more noise is illegal and may be the most negative association the general public has with motorcycling.
 

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I've succumbed to the lure of louder exhausts on some of my previous motorcycles and I still have to admit that the sound of a Moto Guzzi V-twin or a Triumph Triple piped through a louder exhaust is pure ecstasy...

But now that I'm older and wiser (much like greywolf - but nowhere near as good looking!) I have to agree with him.
 

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Triman... re-reading your post it occured to me that (if you decide to modify your exhaust) it will be helpful to know the year of your Wee.

2007s and newer Wees have a differently shaped inlet pipe which makes fitting a cannister more difficult and might require fitment of an entire exhaust system, or some fabrication and welding work. Keep in mind also that an exhaust which alters the outflow (and noise) should also address the inflow, that is the airbox/breathing system.

Whichever route you choose someone here once posted that the nicest compliment he had recieved was when he pulled into a parking lot and a mother with her child in tow said to him: "At last... a motorcycle that is quiet".

I liked that :mrgreen:
 

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It's a new 2011. I too have gotten older and I suppose lost some of my hearing as well:thumbdown: I'm not looking for obnoxious here. I'm sort of looking to go a bit louder than a Singer sowing machine:mrgreen:I've got a Harley with pipes so Im lucky to have the best of both worlds. The Strom is my daily commuter. I know all about " loud pipes save lives" and all the other rationalization that goes into the reasons for loud pipes. None of which have ever been proven to be true since the sound is exiting out of the rear of the bike as you're moving forward. Ive also been at a restaurant and complained myself at some jackass who feels he has to blip the throttle every 2 seconds for some unknown reason:thumbdown: That being said, this is a very cool v twin and I'd like to get just a bit more feedback when I hit the throttle.
 

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I am a firm believer that you should be able to do to your property whatever you want......unless it negatively effects someone else.

That being said, I hate loud bikes. I like the way Harleys sound.....stock. Think police bikes here.

I recently sold my KLR and bought a 2005 DL650. Unfortunately, the PO did ALL the exhaust mods. I knew that and figured that just like a KLR, I could replace it with stock fairly easily. NOT

Fortunately, an Inmate from advrider had put a scorpion on his DL650 and sold me his stock can for a reasonable amount of money. I am now trying to figure out how to put it on. Obviously, I will have to cut my exhaust to correlate with where he cut his off. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

In my research here is what I found.
Folks like to tinker. In the case of an exhaust they either want "better" sound, more power, or both. Then they mutilate a $1200 exhaust. That sounds like crap and gives no more power, so then they buy a slip on. Many stop there, but there are many threads where folks now want to go back to stock.

So, as a back to stock guy, I beg you, please dont mutilate your exhaust with mods. If you cut it off to get a slip on, fine. You can then either return to stock someday or sell it to a poor soul like me. Puh-lease dont drill it out! You will not like it and it will then be ruined.

If you want drilled out, I can sell you my PO drilled can for a small amount and you can save your poor stock can. This would be cheaper that starting with a whole replacement system or a slip on. Well, my 05 can probably wont work, but a muffler shop could fab you up something to adapt them together....maybe.

Do you D/S at all? Loud and no spark arrestor is bad in the woods. Plus you already have a loud obnoxious bike, why not leave this one civilized?

No offense meant. Good luck with your decision.
 

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I have been going through this process for quite some time now, and last night ordered a carbon fibre Akrapovic for the Wee. From all accounts it is not too loud, but gives a much nicer sound. I really like the look of the M4, but based on what I read it is very loud. The Akrapovic also seems to give a little more power, and in my view more importantly more torque down low, unlike some performance exhasusts which actually give you less torque down low. I would agree that mutilating the standard exhaust is not a good idea. I will be keeping mine just in case I ever want to go back. Good luck :thumbup:
 

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DSCR,
Thanks for the thoughtful response and no offense taken. I believe in my first post I wrote that I wasn't comfortable with drilling out the stock pipe. I am new to the V Strom world and I'm looking for some advice. As you so eloquently wrote I already have 1 obnoxiously loud bike. Although you haven't heard it I suppose to some it is too loud. Quite honestly, compared to most Harleys it isn't very loud but compared to a stock V Strom I can see your point. Anyway I digress. I do like to tinker and since this my new bike I'm just trying to make it more to my liking. For example, it's no surprise that the seat isn't very specific for my body type and no one seems to have an issue with making it more comfortable to me. Others would argue the seat is just fine the way it is. I'm a responsible 54 year old guy perfectly capable of being responsible to my fellow man and I give you my word that all I want to do is add a bit of personality to a fine machine. I'm just researching viable alternatives for the stock pipe.
 

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DSCR,
Thanks for the thoughtful response and no offense taken. I believe in my first post I wrote that I wasn't comfortable with drilling out the stock pipe. I am new to the V Strom world and I'm looking for some advice. As you so eloquently wrote I already have 1 obnoxiously loud bike. Although you haven't heard it I suppose to some it is too loud. Quite honestly, compared to most Harleys it isn't very loud but compared to a stock V Strom I can see your point. Anyway I digress. I do like to tinker and since this my new bike I'm just trying to make it more to my liking. For example, it's no surprise that the seat isn't very specific for my body type and no one seems to have an issue with making it more comfortable to me. Others would argue the seat is just fine the way it is. I'm a responsible 54 year old guy perfectly capable of being responsible to my fellow man and I give you my word that all I want to do is add a bit of personality to a fine machine. I'm just researching viable alternatives for the stock pipe.
LOL....and I revert to my previous post opening sentence...

It's your bike, farkle it at will!

You are very kind. I know I am unfairly prejudiced toward Harleys, generally. The weekend warrior stereotypes are prevalent around here in N GA. I would love to have one, but it would retain the stock exhaust.....just to be different.

I am certainly no purist. I am new to stroms too. I am researching my own list of farkles. I may have overstated, but I promise, you wouldnt like the drilled muffler mods, so I am happy that you are investigating better options. As I recall, the staintune mentioned previously has a db killer and or spark arrestor insert of some kind. That would be the best of both. I would give that a try, but they are just so damned expensive.....

Anyway, thanks for your kind response and good luck! Please let us know what you pick!

Philip
 

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There's an Australian company selling (on Ebay) mufflers for the 04-06 650's with a db killer for around $225 AUD. The 07 and newer mufflers are to be available by the end of August. He tells me you can retain the pipe shield that runs to the muffler. You need to eliminate the muffler shield or fabricate your own mount for it.
 

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better sound

I'm thinking that since the Wee is a 90 deg twin, it out to sound more like a Ducati than a whisper - I'm all for such an enhancement

But if I had to fuss with the intake as well - I just would not bother - I would buy a Ducati
 

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I have been running a Hindle Titanium slip-on with the optional baffle/spark arrester for a couple of years now. A huge weight saving and not that loud at trail speeds, it has a pleasing 'sporty' sound at highway speed.

 

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The additional weight savings is a definate plus. I see many owners putting on crash bars etc. not really considering the extra weight of all these goodies. Although the 650cc is really strong, I have found a noticeable difference in performance just by adding a Givi windscreen. That combined with an engine guard and other farkles, I believe affects performance even more.
 

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Mods

I'm an old retired guy with 6 motorcycles and the first thing I do when I get a new motorcycle is change the exhaust system. I like doing mods to my bikes to make them different from other stock bikes on the road. On my 09 Wee I installed carbon fiber Akrapovic, it is not much louder than stock but has a deeper mellower sound........being about 12 pounds lighter than stock system that's a real bonus. The performance thing is at the top end of the power band and how many people ride up there all the time? Changing exhaust systems is about the most expensive mod you can do and most times you'll never get it back when you sell the bike..........so its all about making your bike "your bike".
 
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