Hoske pipes or alternatives?

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by n8mojo, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. n8mojo

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    Anyone know what the Hoskes cost out the door if you procure in the states?

    Anyone selling used?

    Anyone suggest anything better?

    Goals: New pipes (mine are rusting at the bottom, but not bad yet). Shorter than my Macs--the Mac's stick out a bit too far on the SWB. A little more pop and growl, but not obnoxious sounding. Not looking for ridiculously loud, but don't want them whisper quiet. Basically in the heavy sounding spectrum, but not a "wow you're a douche, dude."

    Loitered around some threads and saw some votes for EPCO and Keihans. But really like this look/sound of Hoske, and understand the performance is improved http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0OANkAgZnk -- but price is a consideration.

    Incidentally, I thought you couldn't fit the chrome battery covers on the SWB R75/5 (referencing youtube video here)

    ... and here's my bike, because pictures add spice.

    Nate in Sacramento

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  2. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    I run Hoskes on my r90. I can't remember how much they were...something like $450 or so (definitely under 500.)
    I ordered them through Wes at Apex Cycles. He gets them from some guy that makes them still in Germany.
    You can also still order them from seibenrock
    http://www.siebenrock.com/en/products/technic/1812908.html

    I really like them. They have an incredible sound with out being too noticeable and annoying on the highway. They do have a bit more flow than stock exhaust. You can probably be find with stock jetting but Wes has been toying with a 50 idle jet and says he's getting a good power range with that.
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  3. backdrifter

    backdrifter Wannabe rider

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    I think our very own Chris at Boxer Metal (screen name "bmweuro") has the best price on Hoskes. I think they're right around $380, if I recall correctly. I went el cheapo route and got some imitation Dunstalls for $55 per side. If I decide I don't like them, I'm definitely going to buy some Hoskes from Chris. I have an R60/5, and I found this YouTube video of what they would sound like on my bike. Very, very nice indeed. It sounds a lot meaner than I thought a 600cc BMW boxer could!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYzrZ4tFI5c

    Good luck!
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  4. boxerboy81

    boxerboy81 Stay Horizontal

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    Do Hoske pipes require rejetting?
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  5. DaveBall

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    You may want to consider Sito mufflers from Italy. I have used them on many of my airheads. Very close to original sound, and long lasting. They have a ceramic coating on the inside that helps stop them from rusting from the inside out. Pricing is around $300 for a pair. Sito is the parent company of Leo Vince, and has been in business since 1954. They stand behind their mufflers pretty well.

    Lots of BMW shops carry them, or you can order direct from Leo Vince USA.
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  6. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    Read my post. I've gotten by with out but it could be better with a 50 idle jet.
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  7. n8mojo

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    Nice. Chris is awesome. He helped me recover from a loose valve seat which did some damage to my head last year. I'll reach out to him if I decide to go this route to see if he's still selling. Still researching other options because it's still a bit pricey -- but maybe worth it.
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  8. n8mojo

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    Anyone heard, or have the reverse cone mufflers (megaton? emgo?). Definitely would be cafe-like (which I like) but not sure on sound (don't want it to sound like it's "trying" to be loud).

    Also do the 1 1/2 mufflers work on the 38mm headers?
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  9. Pezz_gs

    Pezz_gs Cant ride for crap

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  10. n8mojo

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    Thanks man -- these seem to be good reproductions of stock in look and sound. Price seems very fair.
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  12. backdrifter

    backdrifter Wannabe rider

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    The reverse cone Emgos are the ones I went with. I can't comment on them yet, as my bike is still in pieces, but they certainly look nice, despite how cheap they were.

    This was one of the videos in the link you provided above. It's nice, from what I gather, they're comparing the sound of the stock mufflers to the Emgo's, and then to the Hoskes.

    I'll have to hear the Emgos for my self once my bike is complete, but if this video is a good representation, I could definitely see a set of Hoskes coming my way in the future!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydn__7ZL0M8
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  13. n8mojo

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    I don't speak french, but the Hoske's definitely win by a land-slide. Check in when you get the Emgos installed... in the meantime I think I'll start saving for the Hoskes.
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  14. backdrifter

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    Agreed. I like that comparison because it's very helpful to hear all three side by side. If I had seen that video before buying, I would have sprang for the Hoskes. I have found some other videos that make the reverse cone dunstalls sound pretty good though, like this one (especially when he revs it at 1:08):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CB81Rdvpco
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  15. Boxer Metal

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    I love the the look, performance and sound of Hoske mufflers.
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  16. n8mojo

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    Agreed Chris. I heard you're selling these too? I'm saving up my $$$
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  17. hhooss

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    How much for 1972 R60/5? Would the same set fits 1978 R100RS?
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  18. rheritage

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    Not sure on the fit between those two model bikes. I have them on my 72 R75/5, here's a link to a video of them on my bike I did for someone else considering them. Very happy with the pipes, sounds great.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0OANkAgZnk

    Good Luck on your selection.
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  19. east high

    east high Been here awhile

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    Wouldn't you know it? Just as I get my bike all shipshape for spring, along comes this thread making me want something else for my bike. These Hoske pipes have got to outperform my original pipes with all the crud knocking around in them.
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