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Quick Delkevic 18inch ovals review...

I pulled the trigger on a set of Delkevic 18inch ovals (carbon fiber wrap) version. Since I make my living with my ears, i figured id post a little review from my ride. Weight savings is over 10lbs for the swap from stock... probably about 12? Visually IMHO a VAST improvement over stock... I’ll attach a pic. Cans sound tuned... not crazy loud, but definitely not stock. I’m guessing riders of a bike such as the fjr would all pretty much be wearing earplugs when they ride, but if you don’t, the loudness at idle might bother you. Its a 1.3 liter engine and you are very aware of that when it’s idling.... you can feel it in your body when you’re standing next to it. Oddly enough it doesn’t drone at all while riding, and sounds ballsy, but not crazy loud at full throttle. In my opinion its loudest at idle, but that could be wind noise diverting my attention. I’ll try with the battles in today, just for fun. Feels smoother through the “flat spot” in the rpms. Other than that no major difference.
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I always thought the Delks sound the best as in a bit more classy. Baffles in on other bikes I have heard, I like that even better, just a wee bit more subtle.

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How is the clearance to the bottom of the saddlebags?
A friend of mine bought a set for his '14 and then returned them as he said was "dangerously close" and was afraid of heat damage.

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I'll just slip in and say one can rotate the mid-pipes which will affect the height of aftermarket pipes at the rear. Loose install, position, then tighten.
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How is the clearance to the bottom of the saddlebags?
A friend of mine bought a set for his '14 and then returned them as he said was "dangerously close" and was afraid of heat damage.
Know what, i didn’t even check. I guess that’s another thing i have to worry about now... lol. The carbon fiber wrapping does buffer heat alot though. Doesn’t really get “melty” hot.

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I've had the stainless Delk Stubbies for several yrs. The "heat issue" is a worry, not a fact. If someone thinks the factory exhaust wouldn't get sufficiently hot to melt anything, well.....

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Know what, i didnít even check. I guess thatís another thing i have to worry about now... lol. The carbon fiber wrapping does buffer heat alot though. Doesnít really get ďmeltyĒ hot.
Don't worry, just take a look. I think that Delkevic must have included the wrong canister straps, because once installed, the top of the can almost was against the bottom of the footpeg / exhaust bracket.
And no matter how we twisted and angled the midpipe, never could get a finger between the canister and bottom of saddlebags.
So he didn't feel comfortable with that so just reboxed and returned them to whomever he bought from.

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I always thought the Delks sound the best as in a bit more classy. Baffles in on other bikes I have heard, I like that even better, just a wee bit more subtle.
I just put the baffles in, and I’m about to test ride it. I think you might be right.... it sounds more “tuned” with the baffles in. Which is more in character with a bike like this. Plenty loud standing next to it with no earplugs in. I just hope it’s enough grunt to satisfy me when I’m on board.


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A friend of mine bought a set for his '14 and then returned them as he said was "dangerously close" and was afraid of heat damage.
Yep. They touch. I emailed Delkevic and they are sending me slightly lower hangers free of charge. I notified them that they may in the future want to make the “lows” the mains because most people who own these bikes just leave the hard cases on all the time.
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I pulled the trigger on a set of Delkevic 18inch ovals (carbon fiber wrap) version. Since I make my living with my ears, i figured id post a little review from my ride. Weight savings is over 10lbs for the swap from stock... probably about 12? Visually IMHO a VAST improvement over stock... Iíll attach a pic. Cans sound tuned... not crazy loud, but definitely not stock. Iím guessing riders of a bike such as the fjr would all pretty much be wearing earplugs when they ride, but if you donít, the loudness at idle might bother you. Its a 1.3 liter engine and you are very aware of that when itís idling.... you can feel it in your body when youíre standing next to it. Oddly enough it doesnít drone at all while riding, and sounds ballsy, but not crazy loud at full throttle. In my opinion its loudest at idle, but that could be wind noise diverting my attention. Iíll try with the battles in today, just for fun. Feels smoother through the ďflat spotĒ in the rpms. Other than that no major difference.
Congrats!!!! I going with Delks at some point myself. I have listened to countless number of videos on YouTube, and always come back to their nice deep mellow sound, or at least I think they are the best sounding to my ears
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I pulled the trigger on a set of Delkevic 18inch ovals (carbon fiber wrap) version. Since I make my living with my ears, i figured id post a little review from my ride. Weight savings is over 10lbs for the swap from stock... probably about 12? Visually IMHO a VAST improvement over stock... I’ll attach a pic. Cans sound tuned... not crazy loud, but definitely not stock. I’m guessing riders of a bike such as the fjr would all pretty much be wearing earplugs when they ride, but if you don’t, the loudness at idle might bother you. Its a 1.3 liter engine and you are very aware of that when it’s idling.... you can feel it in your body when you’re standing next to it. Oddly enough it doesn’t drone at all while riding, and sounds ballsy, but not crazy loud at full throttle. In my opinion its loudest at idle, but that could be wind noise diverting my attention. I’ll try with the battles in today, just for fun. Feels smoother through the “flat spot” in the rpms. Other than that no major difference.
Congrats!!!! I going with Delks at some point myself. I have listened to countless number of videos on YouTube, and always come back to their nice deep mellow sound, or at least I think they are the best sounding to my ears
With the baffles in they have a low rumble that keeps you in touch with the engine better than stock. Without baffles they sound a bit more raw/sportbike. Personally as someone who also owns one of the best sounding bikes ever made, I’m not a huge fan of the inline 4 sound. So with the baffles you can hear it, but you can still hear the engine and intake whine... which in my opinion is more the FJR’s true character. I wish i could make the whine louder... haha
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