Nothing wrong with the standard ST2 exhausts apart from the weight and the lack of noise. One thing that is unique with any Ducati is the sound of the engine, so it is time to change the exhausts. My wife’s BMW F800ST has a carbon can on it that sounds good with the parallel twin but is much louder than the Ducati.
I searched ebay and found THIS. The same exhaust system from the UK GPR importer (on ebay.co.uk) is about 30% more expensive so I ordered from the French dealer, it took 3 days to get from Milan, Italy to my doorstep. After opening the box I was quite impressed with the quality of the welding and the bits and pieces that came with the kit, apart from the mounting strap (more later). There was also a European Certificate of conformity to prove that the exhaust was legal. We do not have any technical inspections on bikes in France so I could have got away without this.
Here is the left new one fitted. Note the stainless steel finish compared to the aluminium finish of the old one. The new are also about 4 cms shorter. What you cannot see is the weight difference, the old one is about twice the weight.
The sound is deeper than the standard and the bike seems to be a little smoother, but that may be just a placebo effect. I do not expect to have any more power with the new system – I changed it for the noise. The weight saving may be a few kilos, but I challenge anyone to feel that out on the road, and if 5 kilos were to make a difference to the performance then I would just put less fuel in the bike when I fill it up.
All good so far, but there has to be a downside, and there is. The mounting for these silencers is cheap and nasty. I don’t have the pannier racks fitted at the moment and I am not sure how to would go with them, but without they look crap!
As can be seen from this picture, the only way to fit is with very long screws and alloy spacers that were supplied with the system. The cheap straps around the silencers had holes in the end that needed opening for the huge bolt to fit through. It would have been easy for the manufacturers to shape that cheap strap so that the tag ends were inboard of the silencer and there would be no need to fit the spacer. The left side link pipe was also shaped slightly wrongly and with that fitted it needed bending outward about 2 cms. Had I not done this then the swinging arm could have touched the silencer on compression.
These are the alloy mounts that are fitted to the old standard silencers and my next project will be to remove these and either fit them to the new system or use them as a pattern to make some new mounts.
For the price this system is very good value for money, but I would have been happy to pay 10% more and had some decent mounts. Having said that I would buy them again as the competition is much more expensive.