The Big Brown Truck brought me a present yesterday. My new Vance & Hines CS-One slip-ons. I had used V&H before on my Suzuki, and loved the idea of American pipes on my Monster. Plus the look is unique and IMO, one of the best looking systems out there. So when I got a screaming deal from indysuperbikes.com at $659 which is over $125 less than I had seen them before and free shipping, I took the plunge. Ordered last Friday night, and they showed up yesterday, exactly one week later. Fast, easy and lowest price makes indysuperbikes a good company to buy from. But lets talk about my new gear!
The quality of the units is very good. The black sections are wrapped around the pipe and have a seam down the inside that is raised a bit, and the edges where they meet the pipes has decent fit with not much of a gap. Its not carbon fiber, but the matte black looks good, and the red logo stands out on the pipe and ties into the red bodywork.
Installation was easy, the kit comes with new brackets (black) and bolts. Took me about an hour to do, as I took my time. One thing I noticed is the fit where they meet the stock exhaust has a gap that caused me to remove and reinstall the first side to make sure I had it in all the way. It just looks like it should go in another half inch or so (that's what she said
Once they were on, I just stood back and admired the way they look. I think this looks awesome. Your taste may be different, and that's cool. But for me, this WORKS.
Time for a ride. The bike started easily, and there are no high idle issues like I have read about with other systems. The sound is louder, crisper and has a demomic growl abover 6000 rpm. Very little popping or burbling on decel, and at 65 mph in 4th (4500 rpm), it is not too loud and I could ride all afternoon without it bugging me. Rip it from a stop sign, and the sound is awesome. Feels smoother and more willing in the lower revs too. Could be just the coolness of the new toys, but it is certainly more fun to ride. The black covering also seems to not get as hot as the stock mufflers. You can touch the surface after riding and not get burned. That will be a plus this summer as the stock units put out a ton of heat.
Here's a quick video, not the best, but hey...
Let me know what you think. This completes the mods for now. At least that is what I told my wife, LOL.