Everybody loves a fruity pipe, right? So choosing what to fit comes down to a handful of questions: how much, how well made is it, how easy is to fit and what does it sound like? Plus, of course, aesthetics.
Beauty is said to be in the eye of the beholder, but we reckon the SC-Project cans look the business. They’re certainly an improvement on the standard exhausts, and they shave 2.8kg oﬀ the kerb weight. Also, the weight loss shifts the C-of-G marginally down and forward – nearly always a good thing.
Aren’t twin, high-mount cans a bit "2005 called and they want their exhausts back"? Possibly, but it has become something of a Speed Triple trademark since Rodolfo Farscoli designed the first 1050 version of Triumph’s iconic machine. Also, while a 3-into-1 low-mount would be cheaper, I’ve been down that route before on a 2011 Speed Triple and it demands other changes. As a ‘look’ it only really works with a tail tidy and removal of the pillion pegs, to give that sharp, minimalist edge at the rear.
Why SC-Project rather than Hinkley-endorsed Arrow? Well, they’re both hand-crafted and made in Italy; both have impressive pedigrees in top-level racing, and both do much the same in terms of weight, power and exhaust note. But a look on the Triumph NZ website reveals Arrow high-level cans with a RRP of NZ$2,299, while SC-Project Oceania will sell you these puppies for $1,190 Aussie.
Not only that, the Arrow system involves replacing the ‘Y’ pipe as well as the cans, while the SC-Project cans literally ‘slip-on’ to the existing Y pipe. Or at least that’s the promise. We decided to fit them ourselves to see just how easy the installation is in practice.
Socket to ‘em
Stripping the stock Triumph cans oﬀ and putting on the new SC-Project items doesn’t involve any special tools. A 10mm socket and ratchet, 12mm and 13mm open-ended spanners, a 5mm Allen key and a T30 star drive are all you need.
The starting point is to undo the exhaust clamps at the front which grip the Y pipe:
They’re accessed from the inside, between the two cans, with a 10mm socket.
Next, strip oﬀ the pillion and rider seats. The pillion pad comes oﬀ with a turn of the key, the rider’s needs two short Allen screws undone at the rear. Once the seats are oﬀ, the two sides that constitute the ‘tail piece’ need to be removed, involving that star-drive bit and three screws per side. This gives access to the top mounts of each can.
So far, so socket set.
Out with the old
The fitting instructions, as you can see, aren’t exactly comprehensive but the process is pretty straightforward.
With the front clamps loosened, all that secures the original cans is a 12mm hex-head bolt that goes through a frame mount then screws into a retained nut on the can’s bracket. Loosen the bolt then pull it back enough to clear the bracket and carefully slide the can oﬀ the Y pipe.
With the cans out of the way, it’s easy to clean and inspect the area around the shock.
On with the new
Fitting the new exhaust is just as easy. There are no clamps at the pipe join. Instead, two Allen screws clamp the can to its bracket: loosening these allows the can to be slid down onto the pipe for the best fit, then clamped up. I was a bit sceptical that there wouldn’t be leaks at the join but it was all good.
So, just slip on each can, push the hex-head bolt through the hole on the bracket, then fit the washer and flanged nut supplied. The only faﬀ is getting the washer and nut onto the thread, as access is tight. Top tip: put the washer on with your fingers but use an open-ended 13mm spanner to oﬀer up the nut, then turn the bolt by hand to engage the thread.
Once the main bracket bolt is tight, adjust the can until it seats properly on the pipe stem, then tighten the two Allen screws on the inside. Voila!
All that remains is to reassemble the tailpiece, refit the seats and then–the finishing touch–decide where you want the heat-proof stickers to sit.
Here’s how the Speedie sounds on its stock system:
The SC-Project exhausts come with removable dB killers. Here’s what they sound like in:
Which would you choose? The dB killers are held in place with internal circlips: quite meaty ones, necessitating a trip round to Ferg’s place for suitable pliers.
The SC-Project cans look and sound good, are a breeze to fit and appear to be well made, with a flawless finish. At AUD$1,190 direct from the Australasian distributor they’re pretty good value too.
The value of DIY
If you don’t do much spannering on your own ‘bike, a simple project like this is a great confidence-builder. And that’s a good thing because looking after your machine pays dividends in safety and resale value.
A lot of fine engineering goes into any motorcycle and the parts are more highly stressed than on more mundane vehicles. So being able to change your brake fluid and pads, tweak the suspension to improve ride and handling, or even adjusting the handlebars and levers for better control all make sense. That’s why our good mate Dave Moss has been such a regular–and hugely popular–feature at the Ride Forever Shiny Side Up events and other workshops.
So get your hands dirty and give it a go. If the weather’s not inviting you for a ride, get out to the garage and give your ‘bike a check over: tyres, chain tension, brake pad wear, fluid levels, tyre pressures, handlebar and lever position. All very simple but very worthwhile. And when it comes to accessories, the world’s your oyster. Next up on the Speedie is some crash protection, including a spindle for the rear wheel with paddock stand bobbins.
Model: High-mount ovals T16-12C
Material: Carbon fibre (+ titanium and black stainless steel options)
Weight: 1.75kg x2 (stock: 3.15kg x2)
Availability: Direct from sc-project.com.au