Since taking delivery of my M800 around 6 weeks ago I have had a list of things I would like to do to it. I love the bikes as stock but I just wanted to add a few personal touches.
After the 2013 rear end upgrade I was planning on white wall tyres but I spotted a bargain priced set of V&H Cruzers on e-bay, I had a bid and won them for a lot less than I thought.
I thought that this would be a nice easy job to fit and it would have been if it wasn't for my mistakes through being tired after a long few days at work but I was eager to fit them, I made it harder than it should have been
The old pipes came off nice and easy, the stud at the front was a little tighter than the other 3 but a bit of patience got it out?
Fitting the new pipes was going well until I noticed the O2 sensor mounting was at the front of the new pipes, my O2 sensor was mounted at the back of the bike on the old pipes.
I didn't see it as too much of an obstacle as I decided to cut the wires on the sensor, make them long enough to reach the front of the bike, solder the joints and make a good job, it was getting a little late at this point....
Around 1 hour of chopping and soldering later everything was built up as it should be with the new longer cable tied to the frame and routed under the tank to the coupling under the seat. Job well done. Time for bed.
Tonight I got home from work all eager to take the bike out for a run and listen to the new pipes. I started the bike up in awe of the throaty rumble coming from my shiny new pipes. Then I noticed a slight blow coming from the pipes. Upon closer inspection I found that the pipes had a rear O2 sensor mount hole too. I could have just plugged the sensor in the rear without chopping and soldering the wires, what a dip stick
. I found a bolt to block the rear hole and job complete, even though I did go the longest way around it ha ha.
So tonight I finally got out to try the new pipes. Wow, I think that they are awesome!! They are a bit on the loud side which I did expect but its just what I wanted.
Maybe in time I might invest in the quieter baffles but along as the revs are kept low while Im on my estate I don't think Ill get too many complaints ha ha.
Accelerating sounds great, I did a few miles up the A1 and I wouldn't say that it drones at 70MPH, it sounds as I expected it to.
I purposely took a trip to Doncaster which isn't too far from me just to go through a tunnel under the shopping centre, the echo of the rumbling pipes sounded like thunder
In a nutshell I am happy with the look of the pipes, they are shorter which I like. The sound is throaty and suits the bike in my opinion.
If it wasn't for my tired mistake with the O2 sensor it would have been a nice little job with great results.
Thanks for reading