This is our review of the best true dual exhausts for Harley Davidson Touring motorcycles.
Here, we detail the most important factors of each true dual exhaust, such as the performance, sound characteristics, and overall build quality. Our reviews are also backed up by extensive real-world testing.
For a quick recommendation, Freedom Performance Exhaust’s Sharp Curve Radius is a well-built pipe that performs! This Harley Davidson true dual exhaust delivers higher power, a meaty and aggressive sound, and exceptional build quality.
Harley’s Touring bikes are some of our favorites, but the sound often leaves a lot to be desired. We used over 10 years of experience testing and reviewing motorcycle accessories to find some worthy replacements.
Keep reading for an in-depth look at the best true dual exhausts for Harley Touring motorcycles.
Freedom Performance True Dual Exhaust
The Harley Davidson Touring exhaust from Freedom Performance ticks a lot of boxes. Louder, more aggressive sound, a unique design, and enhanced power. Furthermore, the build quality is some of the best we’ve seen.
These true dual exhausts use high-grade stainless steel for better structural rigidity and durability. In our testing, it was able to withstand the most extreme pressure and exhaust heat without cracking or leaking.
If you prefer curves, this is the exhaust for you. It has a mean, imposing look that works well with larger Touring bikes. Chrome and matte black options match Harley’s latest engine finish options.
The chrome version is designed to be blue-proof, so the pipes won’t get discolored over the course of thousands of heat cycles. We appreciate the integrated heat shields, which are really useful on long journeys.
Moving on to the performance, this true dual exhaust is one of the most powerful on this list. The free-flowing design unlocks a healthy power-up, which does not go unnoticed on the behemoth Harley Touring bikes.
We were treated to faster acceleration, smoother throttle response, and a more confidence-inspiring ride on the highway.
Torque sees a decent boost, which makes low-speed maneuvering a lot easier. And the lightweight design helps too!
Finally, we have the sound of this exhaust, and we have to say, we are absolutely enamoured with it. The triple-stepped header and unique muffler design combine to generate a meaty, aggressive exhaust note that is significantly louder than stock. It is deep and resonant at idle and only gets boomier when you rev the engine.
- Highest grade stainless steel
- Stylish curved design
- Durable build
- Full coverage heat shields
- Available in chrome and matte black
- Huge boost in power
- Faster acceleration
- Better top-end performance
- Triple stepped headers
- Louder, fuller sound
- The low and bass-heavy exhaust not
- The design may be divisive
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Vance & Hines Power Duals Headers For Harley Touring
Vance and Hines seem to be flexing on the rest of the market with their Power Duals Headers. These true dual exhausts for Harley Davidson Touring bikes boost power and sound. They also have a long list of handy features to make longer journeys more comfortable.
The obvious drawback of these pipes is that they are only exhaust headers, so you’ll have to pair them with your own mufflers. But among true dual headers for Harley Davidson Touring bikes, these are some of the best built and most durable. Just be sure to get the necessary adapters if you plan to install these on a Trike or CVO bike.
But the upsides come in the form of a free-flowing exhaust design which brings a noticeable increase in power to your Harley Touring bike. The result is faster acceleration and much more immediate throttle response. Passing vehicles on the highway was never as easy as with these true duals installed on our Harley Touring bike.
V&H’s unique ‘Power Chamber’ design can be thanked for this enhanced performance. This chamber is cleverly hidden behind the heat shields so it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. The heat shields work pretty well and keep you comfortable on even the longest of journeys.
Excess exhaust heat, especially for the passenger, was a common complaint of these exhausts in the past, but V&H has addressed these concerns with some special exhaust gas routing. It keeps excess heat off the riders and prevents damage to sensitive engine parts.
But all of these awesome features pale in comparison to the awesome sound of the true dual exhausts. It is a loud and menacing sound that is best accentuated by V&H mufflers. Compared to stock, the sound is deeper and more imposing. And since this is a V&H pipe, it makes that classic fluttering sound on cold starts. You know the one.
- Premium design
- Comes in chrome and matte black
- Loud, deep sounding exhaust
- Includes a ‘Power Chamber’
- Noticeable power increase
- Faster acceleration
- Integrated heat shield
- Less exhaust heat on the rear passenger
- Reduces chances of damage to engine components
- Comes with all necessary O2 sensors and adapters
- Mufflers need to be purchased separately
Cobra Speedster Fishtail Duals For Harley Touring
Ok, so maybe these aren’t the truest of true dual exhausts for Harley Davidson Touring bikes. But the design is so clever that we aren’t even mad.
They may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the Cobra Speedster Fishtails are a pretty compelling set of true duals for Harley Davidson Touring motorcycles. These fishtails are built like a tank, offer plenty of extra performance, and have one of the loudest exhaust notes.
High-quality stainless steel makes these true dual exhausts exceptionally durable. It also helps keep them lightweight, so you aren’t lugging around any extra weight. As for holding up to extreme exhaust pressure and heat, it’s no problem whatsoever.
High performance is another plus point of these true dual exhausts. The unique exhaust design delivers improved backpressure and a free-flowing exhaust design that boosts power. Expect faster acceleration and a more responsive engine with these true duals fitted to your Harley Davidson Touring.
This is due to the hidden crossover in the header pipes, which Cobra calls the PowerPort. This PowerPort gives you performance comparable to a 2-into-1 style exhaust while still maintaining the look and sound of a set of true duals.
Personally, we can’t get enough of the extended fishtail end caps that make your bike look a lot more aggressive, but some folks might not like the design. They do tend to scrape on larger bumps in the road, so be wary of that.
But the real star of the show is the sound of fishtails. It is a deep and grunty sound that exudes power. It’s one of the loudest on this list, so be prepared for some extra volume. In fact, it is one of the loudest exhausts we’ve tested for Harleys, regardless of the configuration.
- Premium materials used
- Lightweight build
- Extended fishtail end caps
- PowerPort design for enhanced performance
- Improved exhaust flow
- Faster acceleration
- Aggressive sound
- Loud and mean-sounding
- It’s kinda, sorta a 2-into-1 style exhaust