Best 2 into 1 exhaust for Harley Softail

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The best 2 into 1 exhausts for Harley Softail motorcycles

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Two in one exhausts have been a personal favorite at Bikes Future. While their sound comes down to personal preference, you can’t beat shedding a few pounds off your Harley and the excellent performance gains they bring to the table. 

In this guide, we’ll be covering the best two in one exhaust for your Harley Softail; how we chose these exhausts came down to several factors.

 Including build quality, brand trustworthiness, how the exhaust sounded, and performance factors such as weight reduction, speed, and torque. 

We found Bassani’s Road Rage to be the overall best two into one exhaust. It sounds like a beast, will shed a ton of weight, power gains were phenomenal, and it’s easy on the eyes too. 

Bassani Road Rage 2 Into 1 Exhaust

#1 Best Overall

If you’re looking for a classy exhaust that’s far louder than any stock alternative while still maintaining an excellent look, bringing a variety of benefits such as dropping dead weight, improving speed, then Bassani’s Road Rage could be the exhaust for you. 

In terms of sound this exhaust is a beast, it’s loud and will take some time to get used to when it’s first installed. It’s got a real bark to it while somehow still legal unless you’re riding in California. When excluding the loudness of the exhaust but the sound itself, the Road Rage has a deep roar, Bassani has a reputation for producing great sounding exhausts, and the road rage is no exception. 

Bassani is one of the best known brands for producing Harley exhausts, and their build quality is second to none. Since they’re a premium exhaust they’ve got an excellent chrome finish, although you can choose the matte black option as well if it suits your softails aesthetic.

The most interesting aspect of this exhaust is the way the piping has been designed, you’re probably unaware but how gasses are funneled through your motorcycle’s piping plays a large part in both performance and sound. The design of Bassani’s Road Rage we believe to be the best at funneling the fumes of your motorcycles as effectively as possible. 

What’s important about an exhaust is if the velocity of gasses increases as they travel through the piping, the way Bassani achieves this is gradually increasing the diameter of the pipe. A large pipe in diameter is going to have significant improvements for higher revs and top speeds.  

We replaced our Softail’s stock exhaust with the Road Rage, and obviously, it dropped a few pounds. I can’t say for sure but the weight difference was pretty significant. I noticed the torque was slightly more substantial, but most noticeably, I managed to reach higher revs a lot more quickly. Notable weight reductions are expected when switching from stock exhaust to top-quality aluminum 2 into 1.

Pros
  • Made in the USA
  • Classy looking exhaust
  • Reverse megaphone muffler
  • Spiral core baffle 
  • Stainless steel construction 
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Requires manual installation


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Vance & Hines Hi-Output 2 Into 1 Short Exhaust

#1 Best Budget Choice

If you’re looking for a classy exhaust that’s far louder than any stock alternative while still maintaining an excellent look, bringing a variety of benefits such as dropping dead weight, improving speed, then Bassani’s Road Rage could be the exhaust for you. 

This exhaust is a beast; it’s loud and will take some time to get used to when it’s first installed. It’s got a real bark to it while somehow still legal unless you’re riding in California. 

When excluding the loudness of the exhaust, solely focusing on the sound itself, the Road Rage has a deep throaty roat. Bassani has a reputation for producing great sounding exhausts, and the road rage is no exception. 

Bassani is one of the best known brands for producing Harley exhausts, and their build quality is second to none. Since they’re a premium exhaust, they’ve got an excellent chrome finish, although you can choose the matte black option as well if it suits your Softail’s aesthetic.

The most interesting aspect of this exhaust is the way the piping has been designed. You’re probably unaware but how gasses are funneled through your motorcycle’s piping plays a large part in both performance and sound. The design of Bassani’s Road Rage we believe to be the best at funneling the fumes of your motorcycles as effectively as possible. 

What’s important about an exhaust is if the velocity of gasses increases as they travel through the piping, the way Bassani achieves this is by gradually increasing the diameter of the pipe. A large pipe in diameter is going to have significant improvements for higher revs and top speeds.  

We replaced our Softail’s stock exhaust with the Road Rage, and obviously, it dropped a few pounds. I can’t say for sure, but the weight difference was pretty significant. I noticed the torque was slightly more substantial, but most noticeably, I managed to reach higher revs a lot more quickly. Notable weight reductions are expected when switching from stock exhaust to top-quality aluminum 2 into 1.

Pros
  • Great build quality
  • Quality design
  • Built to maximize performance
  • Deep throat sound
  • Chrome exhaust
  • CNC Machined Billet End Cap
  • Stepped megaphone design
  • Compact design
  • Chrome provides a great aesthetic
  • Compact design
  • Lightweight
  • Top-quality heat shield
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Some riders dislike the throaty sound


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Full system or slip-on exhausts for your Harley Softail? 

It’s a good question, and it will come down to the rider’s personal preference. There’s no denying that the maximum benefits will come from a complete system exhaust. It’s going to trim a lot of weight because you’re reducing all the excess piping, especially if you choose a 2 into 1 exhaust.  Slip-on exhausts will provide benefits for your Harley Softail but not in the same magnitude as a full system, the benefits of a slip-on over a full system exhaust is that it will be a lot cheaper and will be simple to install. Installation of a full system exhaust isn’t always easy and you may be better off bringing it to a mechanic to install.  We recommend you choose a full system and, even better a 2 into one full system exhaust, because it will maximize all the benefits of a full system exhaust. Since there are fewer pipes involved, it can be cheaper than a standard option.

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Higgins Cooper1

Cooper Higgins is a motorcycle enthusiast who’s been riding for the last 10 years. He’s passionate about all things motorcycles and started BikesFuture to help out riders make the right motorcycle moves. He riders a pimped out white Kawasaki Ninja 400, and also enjoys adventure riding when out of the City.