I was reading it as dē-kay-ting ?Yeah, this thread title had me scratching my head when trying to read and understand it's meaning.
This. So much this.Sure.....decat the bike. While your at it....
Dump your waste oil in the sewer.
Throw your cigarette butts and trash out the car window.
Buy straight pipes while your at it, for maximum horsepower gain.
We only have one place to live, why crap in it?
No one said they were there to improve power.I've de-catted tons of motorcycles just because the exhaust being where it is makes the heat unbearable, especially in the warmer climates. Never a car or truck though. I just laugh at how many people think a cat is necessary on any engine. It only came about as an emissions thing. Do some research, you'll see that no engine on the planet requires it to run best.
You're correct, I will not disagree with anything you said. My experience has been a cooler feeling motorcycle with very little if anything else gained. Riding my V2 in the desert SW, and once into Las Vegas when the dash said 117F, made me want every cooler degree I could have. The next step was header wrap but I ended up selling it instead.No one said they were there to improve power.
They are there to burn leftover hydrocarbons from exhaust gas. These are harmful in more than one way. Before catalytic converters I can remember my eyes burning from exhaust gasses on main street when it was busy. Cat's cleaned that up a LOT. While there are few motorcycles, in the big picture, the fact is that converters on them have hardly any negative effects. I have never noticed heat to be an issue, but of course that could be in some cases. While aftermarket headers and muffler systems can make more power, just hammering out the contents of the cat on a stock bike will only make it sound a little faster. You likely could not feel any real difference.