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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 9-1-2019, 7:01 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone have any recommendations on whether or not to put an aftermarket exhaust on my 09 500r? If so which one is best for this kind of bike? I'm not neccesarily looking for loudness, just a good clean sound. This is my first motorcycle, and I appreciate any advice anyone can share. Thanks
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I can remember the allure of wanting everyone one in town to know I was coming. Turned out the cops cared more then anyone I knew. My advice would be save your money here and put into something that will make you money. It'll pay off quicker then you think and then you can buy the bike of your dreams with that factory installed Akro if that's what tickles your fancy.
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Like Avintage69 said...save your money!

Your EX500 is an awesome motorcycle but being that it's your first motorcycle I'm willing to bet it will be only a matter of time until you want something a little more...updated and more powerful. Not that you should ever get rid of your EX as it's nice to have more than one bike in the garage, when you get something new(er) THAT'S when you would probably want to throw those greenbacks away on something nice!

Enjoy the EX for what it is!
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No advantage to exhaust, I assuming you mean bolt-on mufflers. To get real performance benefits, you'll want full-exhaust system from engine all way to back. Even then, racers are only ones who'll notice difference.

I got my first 500, a VF500F Interceptor back in '86. Did the whole noisy exhaust thing. After many tickets, I ended up putting factory mufflers back on.
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This weekend a couple of Harley mounted buds with obnoxious aftermarket exhaust reaffirmed motives in my opting for reasonably quiet, if not stealthy exhaust.

A young, local EX owner recently traded his extremely loud Delkevic shorties for stockers....not surprising...rid of them, the 500 runs much better now (after retuning the pilot screws)

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Does anyone have any recommendations on whether or not to put an aftermarket exhaust on my 09 500r? If so which one is best for this kind of bike? I'm not neccesarily looking for loudness, just a good clean sound. This is my first motorcycle, and I appreciate any advice anyone can share. Thanks
If you like the sound go for it, but don't assume there will be any perceivable performance benefit. The stock exhaust is dual pipe and fairly non-restrictive as is. A single pipe aftermarket will be louder but likely have just as much if not more backpressure. Also to get any performance benefit from a reduction in backpressure you need to also re-jet the carb.

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Yeah I'm the person ducatiman was talking about. Its definitely not worth the money you'll put into the exhausts as shortie exhausts will wreck your mileage and your ears. Tuning for the delkevics made my bike go from 50 mpg to 30ish.
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Thanks for the info!
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