This past winter seemed like the longest one so far. Lots of those gray days laced with intermittent rain. The positive side is you finally have enough time to catch up, maybe even do a little research on new stuff in the catalogs.
That’s just what I was doing one afternoon when I got a call from a guy wanting to get his bike tuned. Now this isn’t unusual, but in the middle of a rain storm? The whole thing got more interesting when he told me he’d be coming from southern Oregon. We set a time for the event. In the course of all this he mentioned he had a new pipe he’d like for me to take a look at, the same pipe he had on his bike. I said that would be fine. I’m always looking for new products to try…
On our appointment day, this Oregon guy was right on time. His bike was on a trailer, set up with one of these new pipes on it. It was a 2 Into 1 and had a very different look from all the rest. I fired the bike and could hear the deep mellow sound coming out of the collector. I liked it, but didn’t really pay much attention to it until later.
We strapped the bike down and got on with the mapping process for his fuel-injected bike. The motor was fairly stock, with open air cleaner and the 2 Into 1. Usually with this combination there will be an area that has a mind of its own. Meaning it’s harder to get into tune at one spot in the power band. The thing was, this pipe didn’t respond that way at all. It pulled into tune without any more trouble than a stock pipe with lots of factory baffles. But at the same time, it was making some very respectable HP and torque figures. With a smooth progression all the way from 1500 rpms to red line. Oh, it did it without being obnoxiously loud. And the pipe never got very hot. What the heck? As I finished up the Dyno tune, I started asking questions. This guy told me he had a factory in Roseburg called Pipe Works. They’ve been making exhaust systems for years, selling them to the big name companies to put their name on them.
Then he sprung it on me that he had a pipe for me to keep and examine. The guy that was with him came in with one in a box for me to take a look at. To say I was impressed is an understatement. I get so tired of seeing some of the junk that’s out there. Poor chrome, and welds really get me going. But this pipe was pure sweet! Thick chrome has a look all its own. High quality welds with a different baffle system that can be changed if you want more sound.
The reason the pipe didn’t get hot is they’re ceramic coated and the heat shields are all part of the pipe.
When he told me this same head pipe would fit any twin cam, I almost fell over. Just change the rear collector for length. One design fits all, and looks great at the same time. The header pipes tuck in tight and out of the way. The collector is long and exits well past the rear axel. Nice!
Back to the heat thing… When a motor comes around and starts making its best HP, it makes heat at the same time. More than ever before and if the chrome is thin it shows itself by coloring the pipe. Some of the really thin chrome pipes turn color like crazy. In many cases, this is not caused by lack of air. It’s just working the way it should but the chrome isn’t up to it. When we got finished with our tuning, the pipes looked just like they did when we started. Nice touch!
If you’re looking for a new exhaust, not too loud, that makes great power with stepped headers and a chrome finish that won’t show any color doing it, this may be it. At the moment I only have one brochure with pictures of the pipe on a bike. I have one set that will fit all twin-cam touring models. Pricing is competitive with other high-quality pipes.
It sounds like they’re going to carry the Pipe Works Logo. And, it’s made in the Great Northwest! This pipe works (no pun intended)! If you’re interested, call me. I intend on stocking a few. Or I’m sure you can find a dealer in your area by contacting:
Ross’ Pipe Works North Bend, OR 541-751-0470 www.rosspipeworks.com