Having had the K1300 for 18 months, I decided that it was time for a mid-life upgrade. Casting about for exhausts, as you’d expect there’s not a billion options out there, but Akrapovic had a nice range and in the end I selected the full system with carbon fibre can. The system was purchased from the US for $1300 and arrived six days later. Inspection showed it to be a well made unit, with no flaws visible in the welding or carbon fibre, pretty much everything you need to fit other than the tools is included in the box. So far so good for Mr Akrapovic. This morning left me with a free few hours, so I determined that the time was optimal to strip off the Tupperware and fit the new goodies. Install took a total of about 2 hours total with the removal of the OEM system. Fit is very good, no bending things to gain clearance or forcing things into place. Also noticeable was how light this system is compared to the OEM unit; not sure on the numbers, but it feels at least half the weight. A 200km test ride found a noticeable performance increase, but most markedly the bike is much smoother with the occasional throttle hesitation that was previously evident now banished, response is always instant. Noise? Yeah, it’s louder, but not obnoxiously so. From idle to 6000rpm it’s not much louder at all but rather deeper and with more growl. Above this mark, it’s frankly not for the shy and retiring; when I was returning from my shakedown ride, my wife heard it coming from a couple of km away from inside the house and my house is 700 metres off the road! It should be noted that the machine was being ridden in a ‘spirited’ manner at this time and one presumes that your shy and retiring types do not spend a lot of time at 10000rpm anyway. Overall, a very good upgrade in my books. Obligatory before and after pictures.