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I got the swing arm replaced under warranty, and I asked the dealer to install chain tensioners with the paddock stand adapters (Gilles Tooling). Yes, they have MT-branding and a slightly different black paint, but other than that I like it, especially as they will make some maintenance much faster.

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– tone could be nicer, I agree).
Totally agree with your comments about the noise but I think it could sound nicer
I wanted better tone without any major increase in volume and got it going with the Delkvic 18" cannister exhaust system. I got the "quieter core" when I got the exhaust, just to make sure. But with the standard quiet core, it worked great. The sound is like a muffled flat track bike (my reference since that's what I've heard) and the sound level is only a few decibels over stock. I did a "cell phone decibel software" test and found it was around 87 dB at a 45° angle 24" from the end of the exhaust, even reved up. I also checked with Delkevic to see if it was compatible without ignition reflashing.

In other words I bought the exhaust for the look (I like the longer pipe) and to get a nice tone without big volume change. I can just hear it if I think about it when riding. Very satisfying tone. We also did a ride by test with throttle on and it wouldn't annoy anyone. In other words riding through town under acceleration you won't interrupt pedestrians having conversations. I like that.

I might pull the baffle to see how much louder, just for fun. I wonder if I could have gone to the next size shorter can with the quietest baffle and still had similar sound. But not too concerned, it works for me.

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Also showing some other modifications. And yes the solo saddle is very comfortable, better than the original. Plan to get another exhaust support set up welded up next summer, the X struts work, but look kind of tacky.
 
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