A comfortable pair of slip ons……
One of the simplest (although not cheapest) ways to start to transform the Triumph Street Twin is a change of the exhaust silencers. There are now more options coming to the market, but I wanted to take a look at the offering that has been available from Triumph since launch, The Vance & Hines slip ons.
V&H are a US company well known for their work with Harley-Davidson exhaust systems, so I was a little surprised to see that particular brand name on a Triumph. Especially given the previous relationship with Arrow exhausts. But over recent years V&H have broadened their coverage of manufacturers.
They offer two versions, a European model which is referred to as the ‘E’ marked version, as well as the US Spec model. The latter model, the ones in the video below, differ in that they have a removable baffle. This gives you some option on how loud the pipes are, although it didn’t seem to make too much difference. Without the baffle, the pipes got deeper as opposed to louder.
They are a beautifully constructed item, with a really high-end finish. They are available in a satin/matt black finish, which may look the part, but personally, I think the brushed stainless steel finish looks very high end.
They are a doddle to fit at home, as you can see from the video below. Triumph dealers offer a remap for these pipes when they are fitted without the baffles, but I’ve heard mixed messages as to the necessity of this remap. I’ll see how that goes as I ride it and will report back.