Training Wheel Hero
Join Date: Mar 2016
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Been living with the new slip-on for a week and overall pretty happy with it. The sound note is lower then stock. The stock had a high pitch sound that was tiring. I think the RS5 "sounds" quieter then stock with the baffle in it, but I am sure the decibels are more. The tone is lower making it seem quieter. Baffle out louder, but tolerable. I am not a fan of loud, but could live with it. At highway speeds the wind is more of an issue for the rider. With baffle, sound is perfect for me and others in the group. Son said he feels a difference. He said front end will come up in second flirting with red-line. He said it did not happen with stock. I am skeptical about that, but I have noticed a little smoother experience through the gears.
I thought the stock muffler looked right for the bike. The RS5 looks good, but not as well blended as stock. On my 2015 the can makes contact with the tail. I was disappointed it did not have a bracket that lowered it a little bit for an air gap. I like some other methods that use the stock mounts. I plan to install some high heat shielding. Installing the bracket bolt was very time consuming. A 90 degree box wrench and small universal socket got it done. There has to be a better way.
I almost did not get it for the recommended re-packing every 5,000 miles. My son rides 1000 miles a month. The price was right so will probably replace it in two riding seasons with something different. Hopefully it will last 10,000 miles. The baffle in may be harder on packing not sure. May try to do one re-pack, but will not do it twice. Scorpion claims no re-packing, what is different? Better material?
Overall satisfied. Great sound, very quiet with baffle, looks good, feels smoother with no weird power peaks/valleys with baffle in. Have not run enough with baffle out to comment. Disappointed in tail contact and low miles between packing. I just wanted to get away from that high frequency stock wine. I was not sure if just a slip-on would solve the problem so did not want to spend a lot of money to find out. The RS5 solved the issue.