Posted 06 June 2012 - 03:08 AM
I went with the "race" version. My reason for changing from the stock exhaust was that I found the heat coming off the cat was just too painful in the warmer weather. I was really concerned about how loud the pipes would be without the cat, but I'm pleased to say it's not a problem. They are only slightly louder than stock, and at 120 kph I will not need the earplugs I thought I would have to buy.
The sound is fantastic!! It's a deep, throaty sound, not too much louder than stock, but with a very noticeable bass note to it. Sitting on the bike, it's a sound you can actually feel, not as a vibration, but just kind of a deep, rolling rumble. Pretty hard to describe, but it feels wonderful. Really transmits a sense of the power in the engine. Added to all this pleasure is the fact that in stop and go traffic I am now no longer cooking my leg!!
Along with the Zard pipes I added a set of Fat Ducs, which have done wonderful things for smoothing out the ride. The low speed surging was not particularly an issue as far as I was concerned - I just looked at it as part of the character of the bike - but I must say it is nice to have that gone. Along with it went some of the character I did like - most of the burble and fart on deceleration is now gone - but it has been replaced by the lovely bass note of the Zards, so it's a fair trade-off.
All in all, I achieved exactly what I wanted, the neighbors won't hate me, and the bike looks and sounds awesome. I couldn't be happier. Will post a pic as soon as I can get some later today.
Posted 06 June 2012 - 08:15 AM
Did you buy it in Canada or directly from Zard Italy?
Posted 06 June 2012 - 12:20 PM
I've been trying to post a couple of pics I took on my iPhone, but so far not having any luck. Will transfer them to the computer later and post then, unless anyone can tell me how to sort this out on my phone.
Posted 06 June 2012 - 12:26 PM
Posted 06 June 2012 - 12:39 PM
Glad to hear your happy with the Zard, I had narrowed the choice down to it or the Remus and just ordered the Remus this week.
Posted 06 June 2012 - 03:34 PM
The first two pics are of the bike with the Zard mounted. Please excuse the dirt, I was just picking it up after the work was done and I had ridden it to the shop in the pouring rain. It's cleaner now!
The last pic shows the Denali lights mounted.
Will try to get some video of the bike running if the storms will stop.
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Posted 06 June 2012 - 06:12 PM
Posted 06 June 2012 - 06:38 PM
It might be an alternative to replace the headlight with HID.
Thanks for the posting.
Posted 06 June 2012 - 07:20 PM
Posted 07 June 2012 - 11:26 AM
Thanks for the post. I am really intrested in those Denali lights. I think they are a great safety feature even in the daytime. With those lights, it seems less likely that someone would make a left turn in front of you.
I read that you had them installed but I wonder if you or anyone could comment on how difficult it is for an owner to do.
Posted 07 June 2012 - 04:40 PM
Posted 08 June 2012 - 04:12 AM
Edited by JHP, 08 June 2012 - 04:13 AM.
Posted 08 June 2012 - 04:34 AM
i was thinking the same thing, theres room there to do it ,so with a slightly longer link pipe say would only need 5-10mm extra , this would cause the can to raise up at the back as its pivoting at the mount and the angle is not changing too much so there may be enough give in the link pipes. Rather than seating the link pipe all the way in to the header pipe leave it out a few mm and see how it lines up ?Probabally needs a bit more angle on the can as well if that doesnt work ,and the hole in the exhaust bracket may also be slightly off , no big deal though!
Edited by devl-01, 08 June 2012 - 04:47 AM.
Posted 08 June 2012 - 04:42 AM
Thanks for your post too, great stuff.
Posted 08 June 2012 - 04:56 PM
Posted 08 June 2012 - 06:35 PM
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 06:51 PM
As far as the ECU is concerned, that's where the Fat Ducs came in. Added two Fat Ducs in place of the stock O2 sensors. Bike now runs vastly smoother, no more surging, getting much better mileage and ECU didn't need any changes.
I love the Denali lights. My husband always took the lead with his Denalis when we rode at night since the lighting on the Diavel was so bad. Now I don't mind riding lead 'cause I can finally see the road!
Posted 08 June 2012 - 07:38 PM
Posted 10 June 2012 - 05:39 AM
Just one thing, have you considered removing the frame stickers? They seem to be really noticeable on the red frame.
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