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New bike Got another bike in the shed as from Tuesday 96Cali 1100 Prettystandard down to the pipes

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As I muck around with the old ones this one is a modern bike in my terms cruiser & sedate parked up beside the B & B Guzzi Racebike!! I'm flat out working the dizzy out on the racer with electronic ignition so now I'm looking at getting some help dealing with the newy. The pipes are standard ( no sound sir) what I'm looking at is getting some louder pipes & I think make it breath a bit better with new pipes! saying this it has a junction thingy pipe under the gearbox which has had it's day big ugly thing!! what's my concerns are replacing the pipes getting rid of the pipes & ugly bits & having a half decent sound it has a computer I suppose & after reading the forums here maybe a updated ECU ?? for the pipe change also I'll get onto Cliff & see if he can suggest something whatever, has anyone done this sort of thing & tell me the pros & cons new chip, black box, ECU or can I get away with throwing on the pipes & suck & seeing?? it could muck up the injection or the box thingy with wires going in & out, any way any help with info about the Cali would be helpfull, it runs ok & when I get time I will be going over it & sus it out a bit better, it's been a long time back on the road again & it even has a horn, I used to riding the Lemans 850s & 1000s so this is a new kettle of fish foot boards & everything shit hey well take it easy don't buggar up my head too much just plain & simple please ,the answer to your question is simple but not cheap. K&N filter at about $120.00-Staintune mufflers at $995.00 and a stainless H pipe of which I can't give you a price as mine was already fitted. These are not the ultimate performance mods but they do give your bike much better breathing.,,,

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