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Vance & Hines Big Radius 2-Into-2 Exhaust for Yamaha XVS1300 Stryker
There is not a single product on the market that can compete with the style, performance and “perfect” sound of Big Radius 2-Into-2 PC for the Stryker.
By incorporating proprietary Power Chamber technology Vance and Hines have revolutionized metric cruiser exhaust design by giving you increased mid-range power and less noise. To be honest, we wouldn’t call it noise as much as the perfect sound.
Vance Hines Big Radius 2-Into-2 Exhaust for XVS1300 Stryker 2011-2014
I bought these pipes for my 2013 Stryker just to realize that Vance & Hines did not care about their design for this bike!
I'm 6' tall with a 34" inseam. I have forward controls installed on my bike as well.
Now on to the pipes . . . While they look great, the ergonomics are absolutely ridiculous! The curve of the rear cylinder pipe puts the pipe at about 1" from your leg, at calf height!
The amount of heat you get from that is absolutely insane, and having your leg touch the pipe is a certainty!
The pipes are routed without a single care for the design of the bike elements and they are just thrown in there.
The whole assembly runs very far from the bike's body (about 3-4"), which, once again, when you are at a stop, puts a great deal of heat on your leg - Detail: I have a custom solo seat that stands mere 25.5" from the ground.
They provide spacers for your controls assembly, but . . . if you installed them, you will start scraping your right peg A LOT earlier!
Riding with this scenario just put my body completely out of balance and made the ride quite unpleasant.
Finally, they did not care to make a 1-piece heat shield either like the cobra swept.
I had two choices: sell them or modify them. Luckily, I was able to sell them, and I purchased the Cobra Speedster Swept, which are by far, much far, a better fit, and a better product altogether for the Yamaha Stryker.
You notice the difference already in the packaging: V&H arrives with everything clanking inside a huge box (once again, just thrown together), while Cobra arrives in a much smaller box, with no shake or rattle.
The proof of the bad design from V&H is the amount of hardware that is necessary for mounting it on the bike, while the Cobra has 1 bracket and 4 bolts!
Rarely we would have the chance to experience two sets of pipes within 10 days . . . I did, and I tell you: Do not buy these pipes for a Yamaha Stryker. You will regret it sooner or later!
July 25, 2014
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daniel b:hey christine....keep in mind i have a 2008 yamaha midnight warrior which has the 1700 cc motor and is air cooled. I DONOT have a tuner/fuel controller for the pipes. All i did was R&R the new ones with the old ones and the bike runs EXACTLY the same except of course it sounds and looks way better. The sound is actually NOT as loud and obnoxious as it could be because i did not increase fuel delivery. My brothers harley with a 1300cc motor has the same pipes but is twice as loud because he installed a new fuel chip/controller with the pipes. I am almost certain you dont need to touch your delivery with these pipes but your motor is different than mine. I suggest installing the new pipes first and test ride for a few hundred miles...make sure to idle alot (see how motor idles) and turn motor on and off a few times while hot...see how well motor starts up when hot.Jul 2, 2014
Nicholas K:If you have an oxygen sensor on your stock pipes, you do not need a fuel controller / tuner to use these pipes. However, using a fuel controller / tuner, such as the Cobra FI Pro (which is what I'm using), will definitely optimize the power and flow that these new pipes allow. The combination of the two items is awesome!Jul 2, 2014
Michael D. J:I would say yes. I had my exhaust installed without the tuner for about two weeks. I then installed the cobra Fi2000 PowerPro tuner. I would definitely recommend installing some type of tuner for these pipes.Jul 19, 2014
Marek W:Yes, you will need a fuel controller/tuner for any aftermarket full exhaust system. This doesn't mean it won't run, it just means it won't run as well as it was intended. I hope this helps.Jul 1, 2014