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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-05-2015, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Potential Mods - seeking input

Hi All,

I posted here a few weeks ago after picking up my bike. So far I'm about 1k miles down and I couldn't be any happier. I'm starting to look into making a few modifications on the bike, and was wondering if anyone had thoughts on the following:

Exhaust (I know this has been discussed multiple times): Either going Vance and Hines CS-One, Two Bros, or Yoshimura TRC. I think I'm leaning towards the Vance and Hines based on styling and what I've been able to hear through YouTube.

Stock Airbox Modification: 2 main reasons driving this. Supposedly the stock air-box is restrictive and costly to have maintained. I'd like to put a K&N (or something similar) to open that up and see if there are performance gains, or even throttle responsiveness. My dad did this to his Indian Chieftain, and he said the results were substantial. Given, that bike is nearly 3 times the engine volume, but its an inexpensive mod to tinker with. My other main reason is for the sound. Again this is all speculative, but I've heard that an aftermarket air-box really helps to open the airflow, and give the bike a sweet sound when you hit the throttle. I won't do this job myself as it seems fairly complicated just based on where the air-box sits. When I schedule a regular service I'll have the mechanic throw it on there.

Clutch/Brake Levers: I looked into the shorty levers, but I don't know that it would make a big enough difference in the ride to justify the price. I found a relatively cheap pair on Amazon, but seeing how your clutch and brake are fairly important from a safety perspective; I'm cautious. Link below.

Sequential Taillight:As most people would agree, the huge license plate/blinker fender in the rear of the bike is ugly. I looked into fender eliminator kits, but I really like the idea of the sequential taillight replacing the current brake light. Ideally I'd like to install the sequential taillight so that there are no blinker 'bulbs' on the rear of the bike, and I would mount the license plate directly underneath. Gives the bike a much cleaner look IMO.

Bar-end mirrors: The stock mirrors have been decent, but it makes a huge difference in the appearance of the bike to have the bar-end mirrors. My only concerns are functionality, so if someone has any experience or advice that would be great. I saw a Ninja 1k with bar-end mirrors and I fell in love, so I'm going to try to replicate that with the circular mirrors.

Thats all for now! Feel free to give your input.







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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-06-2015, 02:19 AM
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The slip on, K&N, shortys all sound ok, I think the bar end mirrors will vibrate a lot though,
get one of (((THESE))) and learn how to do some basic maintenance yourself, its easy, its fun, its inexpensive...
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Sounds good. I too have put about 2k miles on the bike and am making a few modifications.

Exhaust
I've got a Akrapovic on order and looking forward to fitting it, relatively simple to fit and should give some good sound. I have heard that to get the best gains you should look at changing the fuel ratios with something like a Power Commander which essentially optimises the fuel automatically for you.

Airbox mod / K&N filter
Done this - simple mod that has very little power effect but does give the bike slightly better sound. Could give better performance when combined with the exhaust

Clutch/brake levers
Some of the CNC ones on eBay look quite good and I've looked into getting some green ones to match the bikes colour. Haven't done it yet but have bought a CNC filler cap from eBay for cheap and was surprised with the quality.

Sequential tail light
This is one I did and it looks great, also got the smoked one which gives the rear of the bike slightly better look along with an R&G tail tidy. Only thing I have found out is its illegal in the UK and could do with not getting pulled over for the time being so have turned them off in favour of some R&G aero indicators which look a lot better than stock.

Bar end mirrors
Not really something I've looked into because I'm quite happy with the styling of the stock mirrors and think they do the job nicely.

Hope this helps!
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How much did you pay for your Akrapovic? I actually like that one the most, but it seems to be substantially more expensive. I'm only looking to do a slip on as well.
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How much did you pay for your Akrapovic? I actually like that one the most, but it seems to be substantially more expensive. I'm only looking to do a slip on as well.
Sure fair to say its not cheap.. I managed to get a pretty good price for it and paid 530 Inc postage.. Still haven't got it yet though so won't recommend where I got it from just yet! Although their support is responsive

What year is your machine? 12 onwards you will need a full system.
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Hi Chris, the aftermarket exhaust is nice and it will make you smile even more while riding!


However, it will most probably cover the airbox/intake sound almost completely so expect your aural benefits to be reduced after fitting your exhaust.


Another useful modification since you are fitting a new exhaust would be the pair valve removal, I 've already done that along with other members here and it has smoothened out engine operation considerably along with reducing popping:


There is also a kit offering a bypass chip:


ER-6N Pair valve and de-snorkulation, the easy way!


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I am not into bar end mirrors but I did fit Chinese aftermarket mirrors and levers and I am very happy with them, you can find some info here:


https://www.kawiforums.com/ninja-650r...mirrors-3.html


Enjoy your new mods and exhaust
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Not sexy and won't add to your wow and smile factor, but you should definitely consider fitting a radiator guard!
The front fender is short and very ineffective, so it won't stop your wheel from collecting small stones and smashing them into your radiator, which is actually very soft.
A few dents here and there won't hurt performance, but if one of those stones hits home hard enough, you're gonna need a few hundred s, or $s to replace it!

Personality helps, but ATTITUDE is everything!

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Where are you located? I'm putting my `09 ER6n back to stock and have many of the parts you want.
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Hi Chris, the aftermarket exhaust is nice and it will make you smile even more while riding!


However, it will most probably cover the airbox/intake sound almost completely so expect your aural benefits to be reduced after fitting your exhaust.


Another useful modification since you are fitting a new exhaust would be the pair valve removal, I 've already done that along with other members here and it has smoothened out engine operation considerably along with reducing popping

Enjoy your new mods and exhaust
Hi GR Rider,

Thanks will do Sure as you can imagine the K&N air filter gives a noticeable but small improvement on the noise - exhaust is a lot about the noise so I'm willing to sacrifice the intake sound! Thanks also for the useful guide on pair valve removal - will see how it runs once I've installed the exhaust and will consider going from there!

Cheers!
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Where are you located? I'm putting my `09 ER6n back to stock and have many of the parts you want.
Im in NJ
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