Full exhaust system that will not break your bank
As you may or may not know, motorcycling in Asia recently has been a popular activity among young people. When you picture South East Asia motorcycling, you might think about the scooter swarms, but in fact some small displacement 250cc races have drawn a lot of attention. Hell, there’s even underbone scooter races! The reason being that in the past, South East Asia people literally live on scooters. They need some type of transportation that is affordable, cheap to maintain, easy to drive, and free to park. As their economy develops, motorcycles (not just scooters) become more of a hobby than transportation, not to mention that many Japanese motorcycle manufacturers have moved their assembly line to South East Asia so people can buy them without destination charge (super annoying, I know).
Some country, like Thailand, has developed their own culture of customizing motorcycles. You can tell just by looking at it that it’s definitely not coming from any known custom style. Most of the custom bike donors are modern small displacement bikes (not the old timers), and some company even successfully sell their custom bikes back to its origin: Japan. So don’t be surprised when you see more and more custom parts manufacturers popping out in Asia, they walked out their own way.
Back to the topic, who is R9 Exhaust? Straight up answer is they are an exhaust manufacturer in Indonesia. Their products might not be as famous as Akrapovic, but definitely way more affordable as their main market is South East Asia. You might think, “I ain’t gonna put random pipes on my bike-“, but listen, they are not nobody. R9 exhaust is actually carefully developed and crafted, but come with modern and unique design that becoming more and more popular in both South East Asia and Japan market. I know your feeling that using custom parts from South East Asia sounds very suspicious, but you can trust R9 because even some world famous exhaust manufactures such as Ak*cough*ic and Leo*cough*ce have chosen R9 Exhaust as their domestic partner for OEM production of Asia market. Having an OEM production partner is not so rare nowadays, but it surely requires close-to-the-original quality and performance. Therefore, R9 Exhaust is a trusted brand and you can rest assure.
Moreover, R9 has been doing an awesome job of supporting racing teams and young Asia racing events. Of course, as a racing team, the purpose is to win, so the racing teams will never even consider to use some random brand exhaust, that alone proved R9 exhaust has great performance and technical know-how to make bikes run faster. Some teams they supported in the past:
moto 3 (2015-2016)
JUNIOR TEAM GRESINI Moto3
– Enea Bastianini / Andrea Locatelli
moto 2 (2017)
Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2
– Spaniard Jorge Navarro
Honda Racing India
How are they made?
Spoiler alert: the factory line is definitely not as fancy. Well, that something to be expected but how bad it is? Here are some pictures during the interview:
It’s actually not bad at all. As I mentioned before, South East Asia is catching up with the whole industry faster than we can imagine, no wonder why Yamaha has moved their YZF-R25 and XMAX production line from Japan to Indonesia. R9 Exhaust is in control from designing, manufacturing, assembly, all the way to final quality check. You can tell how serious they are from the dyno machine picture, I must point out that not all exhaust manufacturers have that. The titanium and steel material is picked only with high quality stuff, from my standpoint, their factory overall is very close, if not better, than a lot of Japanese exhaust brands.
Watch their promotional video that shows how they are made here:
Time for the sound check!
Remember to check their line up out here: R9 Exhaust Lineups
Nationality is unknown, Ryan is an experienced rider and custom bike builder, spending most of his time in garage trying to make things work. He rides, he writes, and he misses In-n-Out.