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Hey all. Looking for reviews/opinions/experience on the Termignoni full race exhaust option from Ducati. Not the slip on, but the one that comes with a tune. Has anyone had it done after the fact? How does it compare to the stock setup? Does is maintain the same throttle smoothness at low RPM for off-road work? Sounds tolerable with DB killer in for longer trips?


I've already got some $$ tied up in backordered parts and considering putting it towards the exhaust instead. I've had hit and miss experiences in the past with aftermarket tunes on other bikes, so I kind of like the idea this is a factory option. Anyway, would love to hear from others familiar with the setup. Thanks!!
 

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I have the same questions. I have a deposit on the race exhaust and I waiver on whether to go through with it basically every day. It'll be a couple months (earliest) until it ships, so my torture will continue for the foreseeable. Here's my list of pros/cons:

Pros:
  • + 7.7 HP = 117.7 HP (!)
  • + 6.4 Nm = 97.9 Nm
  • - 5.5lbs
  • Cooler at slow speeds (!)
  • Dealer install and remap = warranty
  • No cat to ignite dry grass when off-road
  • Sound. It is one of the most stunning/startling/impressive exhausts on an ADV.
Cons:
  • Potential inspection issues and citations because of the cat delete
  • HP/Nm/weight improvements are solid, but not incredible for $3k+
  • 106-109dB is loud: you'll get negative attention from private property owners on certain trails
  • Potential citations for dB's: even with the baffle in, this thing exceeds any noise thresholds in states that have them
  • If riding daily, the dB's can become a bother. Sometimes you don't need/want the entire neighborhood (let alone the whole town) to be aware of you. The sound also makes you and the bike easier to identify (interpret that as you will).
  • It's expensive, and I think can be considered outrageously expensive. A $3k "race upgrade" should include more than just the exhaust system, particularly when compared to other high performance options.
 

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I got a couple months to wait for delivery of my bike so I'll be saving for the sports system, in the uk it's a win win and noise isn't a problem here nor emissions , along as a bike passes a M.O.T. you good to go on any modified bike
 

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So I did buy the full set up after I had the bike for a month riding.
The first thing I noticed is it revs faster.
It is lighter too.
It is a bit louder without the db killer but that would be expected. With the db killer in it's still a bit more sound. I haven't had the the neighborhood on me yet but I don't just rip down the street. I try and keep the revs low and it seems to be fairly quite then. If this is an issue just keep the db killer in. It still rips with the baffle. My helmet keeps a lot of noise out so thats a good thing.
The heat is way less so thats great IMHO as it seems like most bikes can get pretty hot with a cat still installed. And my state does not allow filtering.
I haven't had a chance to take it off road as of yet but expect it to rip. From some of the videos I've seen, it gets with the program.
As for inspections, my state (WA) doesn't give much notice to that right now. Hell, you can lic a 2 stroke for the street still.
 

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Thanks all - good stuff. @obsidianduck, are those numbers and specs available publicly? I had been looking for more info on the tune specifically but never found any.
My previous bike was a Triumph 1200 XE. I had it retuned and while it ripped at speed, the throttle at low speeds became twitchy and kinda ruined it for slow technical stuff.
 

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@obsidianduck, are those numbers and specs available publicly?
Yeah, those are just a unit conversion of what's available from the technical specs on the Ducati site. That's interesting about the changes you experienced after a retune on the Triumph-- that would have driven me nuts. The DX is so new and relatively rare that it's hard to gather real world data points. If I go through with it, I'll share the before and after on here like bailey has done, but it'll be a while depending on how long winter lasts this year.
 

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Copying from another similar thread -
Dealer installed the kit for me here in Colorado. Illegal because no cat. But I’m off road 95%. They HAVE to remap to EVO map (included). Wonderfully more powerful and VERY noticeable - more than I expected. Maybe too much for my kind of riding. Read a review that it would keep the bike cooler, haven’t seen that difference. Although that’s only a problem on my way home at stoplights.
 

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Wonderfully more powerful and VERY noticeable - more than I expected.
What are your thoughts on slow, technical off-road with the race exhaust? Is it twitchy, and maybe more particularly, is it twitchy even in Enduro mode with the reduced engine power? Thanks!
 

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What are your thoughts on slow, technical off-road with the race exhaust? Is it twitchy, and maybe more particularly, is it twitchy even in Enduro mode with the reduced engine power? Thanks!
Loved it on steep baby-head ascents. Had to switch to Enduro for loose unless very steep. The TC can be a bad thing when you need the bite. But if I’m being honest, any real gnar would be best ridden in Enduro whereas open two track can be fun in Rally.
Do I “need” it? No.
Do I regret it? No.
Much of the boost doesn’t bite until 5k rpm anyway.
 

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Thanks Mayor. What does kit come with? Full exhaust from headers back? Any airbox mods like new lid of filter? Looks great but wondering if going SC Project decat & Rally Raid muffler as O could install myself then get dealer to upload Termi map as it would richer it up & not be looking for O2 sensors. $3k plus install is a lot to swallow…
 
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