Vance & Hines Twin Slash Staggered Exhaust Kawasaki Vulcan VN900 2006-2015
Best looking blacked out pipes for VN900
As of the writing of this review, these are the best looking pipes that you can stick on a blacked out VN900 (specifically the custom). Removal of the stock system is more of a pain than the installation of the new pipes. The heat shields will scuff, so make sure you place them on something soft while you're working on building the pipes for placement.
Do yourself a favor and pick up some exhaust gaskets, its not worth risking an issue over less than ten dollars. Everything lined up well and there were no QA/QC issues with the exhaust set.
The sound is incredibly loud, and while I get some people like that but a lot of my riding is outside of town and some freeway and it was just too much. At idle I was getting readings over 100db and my wife's only comment after a 25 minute stretch was "wow, thats just loud".
In my opinion, it was too loud to take a comfortable journey. If that is possibly your take, definitely pick up a set of baffles and get them installed before you put the pipes on. I had less than 100 miles on the pipes before doing the baffles and they were stuck in pretty good already.
The sound is still around 90db at idle and still hits over 100db when you open it up. Its loud enough, but its no longer deafening. Its got a great sound, its slightly different than what Kawasaki or Cobra do... they use a small port that connects both exhausts together. I picked this over the Cobra strictly due to looks and the fact that I've had V&H pipes on everything else I've owned. You wont be disappointed in this purchase.
Quiet Baffles per V&H Site:
April 23, 2016
I bought my 2010 Vulcan brand new only a month ago, March 2016, that's right! I had these pipes installed by the dealership before I would even take the bike home. It went from sounding like a wimpy moped, to a badass cruiser! Even my Harley buddies love the way it sounds and looks. Money well spent !!!
April 18, 2016
I researched these extensively and finally pulled the trigger. Best thing I did since buying the bike! Sounds loud yet not obnoxious!! Pared them with quiet baffles and wow deeper sound quiet at the lights yet when you twist the throttle it roars to life!!
April 7, 2015
looks graet,sounds great!!
I would recommend this exhaust to anyone.I never new my bike could ever sound as good as it does.The best purchase for my bike so far.
August 9, 2014
Good sound and easy to install
I would have given 5 stars but I had to get a quiet end-piece (hardcorebaffles) for these pipes. The installed baffle was just too loud. That said I like the sound that comes from my VN900 now. I had the older slash cuts.. longer.. but sound was never this good. I laid it down and had to replace... glad I got these pipes.
June 17, 2014
Loud pipes that impriove performace
I am new to motorcycles, and the pipes were very easy to put on. Took about an hour and a half without rushing. Huge difference in sound, slight difference in acceleration, and I added at least 5 mph to my top speed. Also they are far less bulky than the stock Kawasaki pipes, and they look great.
On the down side, the top pipe was a bit scuffed when i got it.
Overall, very happy.
April 29, 2013
this product has great features and looks
easy to install.the sound rocks. is just what i wanted .they look great on the bike . the style is perfect for my machine . the chrome shines "dale"
April 22, 2013
Easy Install - Big Sound
I am as mechanically inexperienced as you get. This was the first time I took a wrench to anything with wheels. Instructions were very easy to follow and I was guided smoothly through uninstalling the original pipes to fastening on these beauties.
All parts were present and accounted for and in great condition. The chrome really shines and they give my bike that bad boy look it's been needing for a long while.
As far as the sound, dear lordy almighty! What once was a glorified lawn mower is now a beast screaming from the dark depths of the underworld. It's deep, It's throaty, and it's loud without being obnoxious.
These babies have given me a noticeable HP boost. I get about 8mph more per gear. Definitely more pick up than before.
Perfect! Perfect! Perfect!
March 4, 2013