Well I went ahead and recently took delivery of a pair of custom apes from Steel Thorn in Poland.
They can make you anything to your specs and the chrome finishing is excellent. They made mine 1″ overall but tapering down to 7/8″ 22mm to accommodate the XV’s controls and grips.
Now all I have to do is have them fitted….
Although horrendously expensive I took the plunge over the summer and I now have a Smithtech ‘Evenflow’ single carb manifold fitted to my ’97 XV1100 imported from Adam Smith in California. You can find his manifolds on ebay and he is the only person I’m aware of who can put the whole kit together for you (http://www.viragoperformance.us/) with Mikuni TM40 carb and K&N pancake…Read More
Exhaust arrived today.looks the nuts!to be fair it was £345 so should be a bit of kit!
Ive decided to let local motorbike shop fit it,rather than me.
Il book it in tomorrow.
Il let you know how it all goes and what difference it makes to the bike
All good stuff & delighted you got sorted mate.. I’m still considering whether I need a full replacement system, slip ons, or even straight through, so cutting out collector box.. stainless or other..??
Not long had bike (‘96, 750, & 16k mls..) & still getting familier.. headers are as new with so few miles..!! Just need more ‘grunt’ as you put it but the ‘right grunt’ also important &…Read More
Cheers ian. Ive ordered a system from blackwidow exhausts in bedford.again not cheap but the guy there was really helpful.
Thanks for the response tho mate
Have a butchers at previous topic & response – suggest you look at:
• Custom Cruisers – Cobra, Vance & Hines, Jardine (website: customcruisers.com)
• Metric Cruisers – Cobra, Vance & Hines, Highway Hawk dragon pipes
Both very helpful but not cheap..!!
Buy cheap, buy twice – hope that helps..
PS: I’m still thinking..!! 🤣
Thanks for the response, I am thinking at bars about the same as yours so I may be able to get away with it.
I just want to go for the easy option without making myself a lot of work!
God, wont lie. But when my piggy bank gets filled up THIS is what I shall buy. also wanted to ditch the old carb from my 535.
So, in terms of bar thickness. its 22mm or 7/8″ so be wary of any US imported stuff as its designed to fit 1″ bars unless they otherwise state (made this mistake a few times)
Now switching everything over to a 1″ bar can be done, but you’ll need to get the risers bars and a whole new handle bar controls set up to match, which can be expensive.
As for getting apes you will need to…Read More
Can only comment in regards to Pipes. Black widow was who i used for my drag pipes, How ever the metal brackets that came pre-welded onto them soon melted off leaving my lovely new pipes dragging on the tarmac.
So will say pay the extra for a better brand than the cheap options from ebay/amazon.
Really depends on the hight of the bars you are going for. These are the bars on my 535 currently
all cables and lines run without issue with this hight of bars. But they are at their limit. If you were to go for a wider spread then I would recomend extending the brake, throttle, & clutch cable.
Hope that helps
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