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Offline Troutman

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Black Widow Pipes for K2 DL1000
« on: July 11, 2021, 16:09:58 »
I recently bought some Black Widow end cans for my 2002 DL1000 as I was wanting something with a bit more noise and to lose some weight, the original cans weigh 6.4kg each! These are slightly more for the pair so nearly half the weight.


They arrived and really well presented , packaging is very good , no instructions but very easy to fit. Very well put together and the fit was really good but taking the bike for a good run on Friday the noise is unbearable especially pulling away or going up a hill, on a level road at say 70 they're OK but any application of power and your ears start to bleed
I really don't know why they make pipes as loud as this, and yes I have the removable baffle in place so without it must be insane. It sounds like 2 CRF250 4 stroke motocross bikes (with non standard pipes)
I got in touch with BW and they make a set of extra baffles that go in the inlet to the can so I've ordered those (£50 for 2) and see what it's like after that.
Very difficult to choose cans that sound good without actually being next to one or hearing it go past on the road...I wish they had a set you could try and send back if not to your liking.
They look really good on the bike though , the original ones are huge but I like them and behind panniers you don't notice the size but they are so quiet.
This is a photo from BW but same colour as my bike


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Re: Black Widow Pipes for K2 DL1000
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2021, 16:19:21 »
I guess I was wanting something similar to a GS1200 with aftermarket cans...they're never noisy just a nice deep rumble/burble.

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Re: Black Widow Pipes for K2 DL1000
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2021, 14:31:04 »
I've tried to film them so others can hear what they sound like but on my iPhone the real sound doesn't come out so not worth posting.

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Re: Black Widow Pipes for K2 DL1000
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2021, 19:03:38 »
I have some BW cans. I don't think they are overly loud though. I wear earplugs and trust you do too? I can always hear them which is due to the screen minimising wind noise. Hopefully the new baffles will sort you out.

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Re: Black Widow Pipes for K2 DL1000
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2021, 21:42:40 »
I've bought a few uk made exhaust end cans over the years, namely blue flame, mtc and fuel. Always found them to loud.  UK exhaust products can be made to BSI noise standard and not the E4 standard a euro exhaust would be made to. I removed  a Fuel exhaust form my 14 vstrom and replaced it with a E4 marked Remus, much quieter. I will never buy a BSI marked can again.

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Re: Black Widow Pipes for K2 DL1000
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2021, 08:13:44 »
Yeah I don't wear ear plugs, never have but I don't want to be riding a bike that sounds like a 450 motocross...it's embarrassing to be honest.
Everyone looks round in towns and villages even at very low revs.
The new baffles arrive today, I'd like to do a video of before and after but phone mics just don't pick it up. Maybe just do it anyway.
They're really well made and really suit the bike and they're British of course but ffs why would anyone riding a V Strom want that level of noise.
I can't imagine what the one they make for the single can bikes sound like.
I'll do a video anyway so you can at least see them and maybe the sound will come through to a point you can tell the difference

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Re: Black Widow Pipes for K2 DL1000
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2021, 07:26:46 »
I've done a couple of videos but it takes a while to upload them so here's the first...

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Re: Black Widow Pipes for K2 DL1000
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2021, 09:09:17 »
They certainly fit very nicely, better than the Mivv system that came with my bike where the cans are too far out from the body work and pretty close to the inside of the panniers.
Being in a barn is likely to make sound a bit misleading but they do sound a very similar level to mine when I have the baffles out which is pretty loud.
Honestly, I think that sounds great but then noise will always be a matter of taste. I like a barky twin but don't get the screaming 4 pot thing, it's just what's nice to my ear and everyone will be different.
Fingers crossed the inlet baffles get you to a level of noise you're happy with.

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Re: Black Widow Pipes for K2 DL1000
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2021, 15:45:16 »
Here is the follow up
Secondary baffles installed and the sound is way better, it's there but not a bark and constant noise when riding. So much better and I'm a very happy man now. Took the bike out last night and it's like night and day, noise level and quality is perfect (for me)



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Re: Black Widow Pipes for K2 DL1000
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2021, 17:07:47 »
Yep, that sounds more like mine does with the baffles in. The brightness has gone but there's still a proper V-Twin sound.
Glad you've got it to a point you're happy with without having to resort to the relative silence (and massive weight) of the stock pipes.

* I'm not a 19 year old yob honest ;)

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Re: Black Widow Pipes for K2 DL1000
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2021, 18:56:42 »
Yeah "the brightness" has gone thankfully ...I know some people especially Harley owners like open pipes but not me.
I used to have a Honda XR650L with an FMF pipe on it, that sounded lovely, the DL is pretty close now. 

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Re: Black Widow Pipes for K2 DL1000
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2021, 01:09:14 »
I have the Remus end cans on my K2 1000, and I have to admit that I thought at first they were too loud.
But then during the "cosmetic makeover" :icon_wink:........I ran the bike in the garage with no end cans on it.........Now that's loud!
Put the cans back on, nice proper v twin thump as it should be.

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Re: Black Widow Pipes for K2 DL1000
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2021, 08:23:54 »
Just back from 550mile trip to Skye (which was up there with the best days of my life) roads, bike , weather...all perfect.
The BW pipes are also perfect for me, when cruising along they're hardly noticeable just a nice quiet burble in the background and under heavy load just a lovely V twin roar to let cars know you're flying by. They're very good and UK made.