I've been lurking here for quite some time, but decided to ask for some opinions.
I have never owned a twin before, and only ridden them on a couple of previous occasions. One was a Ducati 900SS and the other a Falco 1000. So most of my experience is on Japanese fours, things like CBRs and GSX-Rs.
After some consideration, I have finally decided to buy an '04 RSVR. I had also considered buying a Factory, but realistically for the type of riding I usually do (mostly streets and hills), the RSVR is more than capable. I also happen to like the Red/Silver the most. So on to the questions.
The first is about aftermarket exhausts. This seems to be a topic for which everyone has a favorite vendor. My main goals for an exhaust system are sound and looks, follwed by performance. I have seen some of the threads about Tigs and others, but for some odd reason I happen to like the look of the Akrapovic canister (please don't flame me for this ). However, I have not fully decided that this is the 'right' way to go. It is my understanding that the Akrapovic is currently only available in a full system. Does anyone happen to know when an Akrapovic slip on might be available in the U.S.? Can anyone offer some suggestions on other exhaust systems I should consider (that are available in the U.S.)?
It is likely that I will get the bike with the stock exhaust then change to something else later. My friendly neighborhood dealer was kind enough to offer a 15% discount if I bought an exhaust at time of bike sale but I think I'll wait until I have the right choice for me. He only had the Akra full system or the Aprilia slip on, which I don't like.
The other question is relating to anything else I should be considering that you have found useful. Things like the Evoluzione license plate relocator, etc.
Thanks in advance for any information!
P.S. Is there an Tigcraft distributor in the U.S.?