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Vance & Hines CS One Exhaust System

Motorcycle Exhaust

Vance & Hines has been creating cutting edge performance exhaust systems for 30 years and it is no surprise that, being born and bred on the racetrack-most notably the dragstrips of the NHRA-has given the company significant competitive advantages.

After revolutionizing the sport bike segment with the SS2-R and S4 in the ’80s, V&H has since diversified its repertoire significantly, with recent emphasis on the American V-twin market. However, Vance & Hines felt the need to stay true to its race roots, and the result is its latest sport bike slip-on muffler-the CS One-a tastefully crafted blend of performance, aesthetics, and audible bliss.

Dyno tests on our ’09 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R reveal a four-horsepower peak increase, and the scales measure a weight loss of nearly six pounds. The exhaust tone is a unique, effervescent, rich baritone voice that idles with presence and clarity.

With each twist of the throttle, I am greeted by a growl that clearly means business without being overly ostentatious. Additionally, I am duly gratified by the occasional deceleration pops, which introduce the sensation of riding more of a race-ready SuperSport bike than a stock street bike.

While obvious that the Ninja has not added 50cc to its cylinders, the undeniable and appreciable increase in torque I feel from the new muffler, leaves me thinking otherwise.

With no flat spots in the boost of power delivery, I find myself faster off the line, smoother through the gears and, most importantly, more agile and confident through the corners-all of which lead to a notably enhanced riding experience.

The CS One from Vance & Hines is surely a promising representation of a historic company that thrives on innovation, racing, and winning.


Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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