All bark and no bite?
Freespirits are an Italian aftermarket parts manufacturer and were the first I’d seen to offer a ‘De-Cat’ option for the Triumph Street Twin. Their X-pipe is a nifty piece of kit that replaces the standard catalytic converter with a precisely engineered replacement. It allows the use of the stock exhaust headers and retains the ‘merged’ balance connection without the restrictive (and very heavy) cat.
The fitting isn’t too difficult if you follow the very comprehensive instructions, but it does involve removing the tank and unbolting the left-hand side lower frame rail. No more than a couple of hours work.
The first thing you notice is the weight of the cat as you take it out, it weighs in at 2341 grams (5lb 2oz) compared to the x-pipe which weighs 890 grams (1lb 15oz). The second thing you can’t fail to notice is the improved sound, and if you’ve fitted any on the Vance & Hines aftermarket slip ons, you’re in for a treat.
This is also where the title of this post is a little misleading. Not only does it make the exhaust ‘Bark’ there is a little more ‘bite’ as well. Freespirits claim a 3hp extra, and my bike with the V&H us spec (baffle out) slip on’s felt more urgent with a snappier throttle response. Having said that I did have the bike re-mapped when I fitted the end cans.
So is the conversion worth it? Well if you don’t mind a bit of tinkering, then for me the weight loss, deeper sound and more ‘pep’ make it a worthwhile modification. The people at Freespirits are lovely to deal with, and if you do get in contact, tell Sandra I sent you 😉
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