Staintune Exhaust

WHY? Looks.  Noise.  Performance.  Why does any motorcycle owner switch to an aftermarket exhaust?  I'm pretty well satisfied with the looks, sound and performance of the stock pipes on my V-Strom 1000 so I elected to leave it alone; when I purchased the Wee-Strom, however, it sported a nice, shiny Staintune muffler. I have used this Australian-made exhaust on a Honda ST1300 and was really impressed by its quality; the muffler on the DL650 looked equally nice.  You can find Staintune pipes directly from the manufacturer or from aftermarket suppliers such as Motorsports Network for about $440.

SERVICE. N/A. 

INSTALLATION. Although I didn't install this muffler it looks like a pretty easy job--it simply slips on to the stock exhaust pipe and clamps into place.  Like other Staintune exhausts, this one came with a restrictor pipe that slips into the muffler outlet and further muffler the sound.  Want a little more noise?  Simply loosen the allen-head set screw and slip the restrictor from the muffler outlet.

RESULTS. It's hard to dislike the appearance of this exhaust--it's a nice-looking piece of equipment, and the lines integrate well with the rest of the bike.  With the restrictor in place the volume level is very quiet--only slightly louder than the stock pipe.  Remove the restrictor and the sound is more aggressive; on acceleration it emits a nice snarl without being obnoxious (at least to this old man's ears anyway).  You'll generally not get much of a performance increase with a simple muffler switch, so I wouldn't anticipate that the new unit provided much in the way of horsepower increase.

Worth the money? Not for me.  It's a nice-looking exhaust, and the construction is absolutely first-rate; this stainless muffler should last a long time--it's just not enough of an improvement to justify its cost.  I can think of many better ways to spend over $400 on this bike.