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After reading a bunch of cautions about corrosion, lack of effectiveness on a m/c , etc... in either Motorcyclist or Cycle World,
I personally would not want to chance messing up the original exhaust. The head pipe assembly lists for $679.46.
That would be an awfully expensive, primarily cosmetic change to have to undo later.
 

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Used headers are $70 on eBay. Wrap it!

Note, wrap from back to front, it will help keep the wrap from unraveling and getting all fuzzy-looking. However, to completely prevent that, spray the wrap with silicone header wrap sealant. Comes in either silver or black. That completely seals the wrap against moisture intrusion. Re-apply every 2-3 years to keep the wrap looking like new.

I use it on my 650 Street Scrambler. Except for the small area I scuffed when I had the pipes off and resting on concrete, and then accidentally moved them, they look perfect. (Lower pipe, near the front bend, you can see a mark where I damaged the wrap. I just re-sprayed it, but it now has a different texture there)

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After reading a bunch of cautions about corrosion, lack of effectiveness on a m/c , etc... in either Motorcyclist or Cycle World,
I personally would not want to chance messing up the original exhaust. The head pipe assembly lists for $679.46.
That would be an awfully expensive, primarily cosmetic change to have to undo later.
Here is something else about wrapping the pipes...

Exhaust wraps are not without their associated controversies. There have been reported cases of cracked header pipes and blown engines due to change in the AFR due to faster flowing exhaust gases. There have also been reported problems with the changing metallurgy of the exhaust pipes making them brittle due to the 'unnatural' heating - cooling cycle. Another problem reportedly is that moisture gets trapped under the warps and causes the exhaust to rust.
 

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I considered it for a minute until I realized I would have to cut off the stock heat shield mounts or wrap over them, leaving oddly shaped brackets underneath. I quickly dismissed that idea and realized flat black pipes look just fine. I wrapped my Bandits pipes last year because the pipes were corroded and nasty. More of a cover up than anything else.
 

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I also read that......
Having a pipe wrapped helps keep the heat from combustion inside the pipe, therefore increasing fuel burn and power. This also helps improve the exhaust scavenging effect which increases the performance of your motor. Another reason people will wrap their exhaust is to cut down on the heat radiating off the pipe.Nov 5, 2013

But this may cause the problems posted above. Im not wrapping the pipes on my SCR. Its fast enough for me.
Im more concerned with the ride than how it looks.
 

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I've seen SCR pipes wrapped, and the bracketry still in place. You'll have to use a smaller wrap. 1.5" instead of the more common 3". Which means more wrap to cover the same length of header. The heat shields cover the areas where the wrap goes around the brackets.

Also, I've had the pipes to my CX650 street scrambler wrapped for years. I use the siliver silicone header wrap sealant spray over them, and the last time I took the pipes off, I unwrapped them a little to make a small modification. The pipe under the wrap was just aluminized steel, and welded with a Flux-core welder, then painted with VHT header paint. Not one single spec of rust on those pipes. Not even the welds. And I live in NC, with humid summers that last forever, and I ride in the rain constantly.

Mostly for my case, the wrap is to keep the heat off my leg and to hide my welds. It works great for that. There's not a performance difference with or without. Or rather, if there is it's so negligible that my arse can't detect it.

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Heat wrap doesn’t crack pipes. I’ve run Heat wrap for decades on different bikes and tens of thousands of miles. Paint the pipe with VHT and then coat the heat wrap with silicone sealant and the pipes will be fine.
 

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When I ride in traffic and creeping in stop and go traffic I can totally feel it in my right calf. I'm a shorter rider too, curious if anyone has noticed this.
I'm 5'8" with a 30" inseam. I'm also about as bow-legged as one bite out of a donut. So, I'm probably an atypical rider when it comes to having pipe heat issues. LOL
 

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When I ride in traffic and creeping in stop and go traffic I can totally feel it in my right calf. I'm a shorter rider too, curious if anyone has noticed this.
I'm 5'8" with a 30" inseam. I'm also about as bow-legged as one bite out of a donut. So, I'm probably an atypical rider when it comes to having pipe heat issues. LOL
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Weird i'm the same height
 
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