Some say that stainless steel is better, others that titanium is unique: motorcyclists are divided into groups of loyal supporters of both materials when it comes to aftermarket exhaust systems. Luckily for them, Officine Italiane Zard produces systems using both the former and the latter, offering the ideal solution for every enthusiast. Let's take a detailed look at the differences between these two metals!
What are the differences between a titanium exhaust and a stainless steel one?
From a design point of view, there are few differences between a titanium and a stainless steel exhaust system, so much so that in some cases Officine Italiane Zard offers the possibility of choosing both materials applied to the same design. Wanting to briefly summarise the features that divide titanium from stainless steel, we could say that in general a titanium exhaust is on average lighter, even 40% lighter in some cases, and there are some substantial differences in the colour of the two metals. In fact, stainless steel has a warmer, slightly bronzed hue, while titanium has a cooler tint, with some traits reminiscent of blue and violet, and a more matt finish. Let us go into more detail, listing the pros and cons of both materials.
Titanium exhaust systems: pros and cons.
"Weight saving is certainly the first arrow in the bow for titanium. In fact, this material is known for its excellent strength-to-weight ratio, making it a highly sought-after material for applications where high performance is required. A titanium exhaust system is generally lighter than a similar stainless steel system, which results in better motorbike handling and potentially improved lap times on the track. In addition, titanium is highly resistant to corrosion, even more so than stainless steel. This makes it an excellent choice for motorcyclists who frequently ride in wet or dusty conditions. Finally, how can we not mention aesthetics: titanium exhaust systems often have a unique appearance, with a distinct blue or purple hue forming on the metal when it heats up. This can add a further distinctive aesthetic touch to your bike. But that's not all... titanium what glitters! Titanium exhaust systems are generally more expensive than stainless steel ones, due to the higher cost of the raw material and the specialised production processes required - such as the more time-consuming and less common TiG welding."
Stainless steel exhaust systems: pros and cons.
The backbone of Officine Italiane Zard's offering, stainless steel exhaust systems are generally cheaper than their titanium counterparts. This is mainly due to the lower cost of stainless steel as a raw material, but don't think that this is a 'poor' choice! Stainless steel is in fact highly resistant to corrosion, especially when compared to aluminium. This makes stainless steel exhaust systems a long-lasting option, able to withstand adverse weather conditions and intensive use, in any driving or weather situation. Moreover, given its wider spread, it is easier to find a model of Zard stainless steel exhaust system that is perfect for your bike, from the many available in the catalogue! But what are the disadvantages compared to a titanium exhaust? Well, the weight above all. Stainless steel is heavier than titanium, which can slightly affect the overall weight and handling of your bike.
Titanium or Stainless Steel: how to choose your Zard exhaust.
In short, it is clear that both stainless steel and titanium Zard exhaust systems have their advantages: stainless steel offers convenience and durability, while titanium saves weight and gives your bike an additional aesthetic customisation. Ultimately, the right choice will depend on your budget, performance goals and aesthetic preferences. Considering these factors, you will be able to make a decision that best meets your needs and improves your motorbike riding experience, with the confidence of always choosing a handcrafted product, made entirely in Italy according to the highest quality standards!