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Geared Up



There can’t be that many bikers out there who don’t love a beautiful exhaust. It's often the first modification that we, and most others, always make whenever we first get mucky hands on a machine. The reasons for this are many; more power, more noise, better looks, less weight, and just because! Sometimes it’s only for one of these, or a combination, or all. But regardless of what inspires you to spend a wedge on top of an already sizeable lump of cash you’ve parted with, be that buying brand new or secondhand, one thing we no doubt all agree on comes back to the very first line above – we all love a pukka pipe!

Of course, there are more than just cans one can buy, especially with Euro laws sapping power and noise with every number they add to the end of the designation. We’re currently at Euro4, with Euro5 now less than four years away. And if you think for one second the UK not being part of Europe (sort of, probably, maybe, TBC still on that!) means we’ll then get unmolested machines, you can think again. These restrictions are here to stay, unlike our membership of the EU....

Here you’ll find some awesome cans, with some de-cat options and maybe the odd full-system. And there should be something to suit all budgets too, from the cheap and cheerful to the very best that large amounts of cash can buy. One thing’s for sure, though, even ‘cheap’ stuff is now very good, so no matter what end of the financial spectrum you’re purchasing from, it’ll be money well spent. Commence drooling now!


Got a Suzuki? Well look no further! Actually, it matters not these days what you’re riding, as Yoshi’ has you covered with the Alpha. This Tri-Oval beauty in carbon fibre is available for many bikes, and is optimized for maximum flow as well as ground clearance. Build quality is, as always, stunning and it’s nearly as much of a joy to hold it in your hand and marvel at, as to hear it on your bike. Seriously worth your consideration.

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