Friday, October 2, 2009

Black Rebel Motorcycle Exhaust

Saw a Craiglist ad for powder and ceramic coating of exhaust headers and other things. I had the pipes that came with the bike still around and had just gotten in some shorty megaphones, so I thought I'd give it a try.
The ceramic coating stuff has been around for a while and is supposed to help pull heat away from the heads - always good for air-cooled motors, but I don't know anyone who has tried it. I also liked the idea of not throwing away the original pipes; they looked bad but still worked fine. Plus black exhausts on red Guzzis always looks the business.
So I took the pipes and mufflers to Len at and had him coat them. I really like the result, especially how it brings out the imperfections (and the pipes had a lot of rust pitting). I like the aesthetic of "actually used" vs. "trailer queen". I think Len was kinda worried because the coating didn't fill in the pitting, and this shade of black kinda brought it out.
Another bonus is the sound of the shorties is pretty mean, especially when throttling down.

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