I am generally a function over form sorta fella. In the case of the CBR250, however, I have hated the appearance of the stock exhaust since day one. I am not sure what it is about it, but it just looks wrong to me. Now, this was not a priority change as it was purely asthetic in nature – I didn’t want the bike to “roar” scaring old ladies and children as I race by, I just wanted something that didn’t look like it came off a flying saucer.
Yesterday I picked up a Hindle 14″ Supersport exhaust from the dealer and raced home (on only a few hours sleep naturally) to install it.
I think it looks amazing, unfortunately it sounds AMAZING as well. At idle, it registers 91db on the app on my phone (the stock exhaust registers 79db), a short 15 minute whip around this side of town had me enjoying the nuance of the exhaust, but my ears were ringing from the racket.
Sadly, as much as I like the appearance of this I have already emailed the dealer asking for an exhange on Hindles “Stealth” 16″ model with an insert.
I put the stock exhaust back on this morning. If it takes away from my riding pleasure I don’t care how good it looks, it’s gotta go.