Akrapovič: What you may not Know About the Best-Known Brand in Exhausts

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Akrapovič. You might have that word on your bike’s exhaust, and you’ve certainly seen Akrapovič’s distinctive logo on thousands of racing vehicles over the years, from MotoGP, WorldSBK, MXGP to Dakar and even to four-wheeled competition in the FIA World Endurance Championship. When Jorge Lorenzo clinched the 2015 MotoGP World Championship for Yamaha, Akrapovič took home its 100th world-championship title; just 15 years after American Colin Edwards (Honda) won WorldSBK title in 2000, first world championship title for Akrapovič exhaust.

You don’t win that many trophies selling more show than go. That’s why Slovenian GP and Superbike racer Igor Akrapovič opened a small shop, employing a small number of workers, to build exhausts in 1991. Akrapovič saw the low-quality exhaust systems available to the general public and started selling high-quality mufflers and exhaust systems for the street and racetrack, so even street riders would have access to the same performance, dependability and performance as the professionals.

Igor Akrapovič as a young racer: “Races were basically the only thing that really interested me at the time.”

Akrapovič knew he had to keep competing to stay abreast of fast-moving technology, so he kept building and selling class-leading exhausts for racers as well as street riders. By 1996, his reputation for engineering and performance attracted Kawasaki’s World Superbike team; the next year Akrapovič (and Kawi) scored their first victory in WSBK and in 1999 moved its factory to a new – and bigger – location.

From the beginning, Akrapovič established itself as a brand pioneer, using innovative technologies in the quest for the lightest weight with the most durable construction and highest performance. That’s as challenging as it sounds, but it’s paid off. Akrapovič was a leader in the use of carbon fiber, superalloys, titanium and innovative muffler shapes, and now leads the way into the future …read more

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