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Review: Greasehouse Growler - Royal Enfield Interceptor Exhaust


Lighter and louder - Indimotard’s aftermarket slip-on exhausts for the 650 twins were a bit of a revelation!

Royal Enfield and modifications go hand in hand. In fact, the company offers multiple customization options across its bikes. The one modification that many owners seem to want is louder exhausts. But good exhausts are not easy to get, and most aftermarket exhausts you get aren’t really all that well made.

To address this, our friends at Indimotard’s Greasehouse Customs have made slip-on exhausts for the RE 650 twins - the Growlers. So we spent a lovely weekend afternoon installing them on our long-term Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and a few days riding them around Pune to find out just how loud they are, whether they make a difference in performance, and if they have any impact on fuel efficiency as well.

Installation

Installing these exhausts is an absolute breeze. A couple of spanners is all you need to take off the stock exhausts and fit these Growlers. And immediately, you’ll realise how heavy the stock mufflers are -- 5.1kg each. These Indimotard exhausts, on the other hand, are just 2.3kg each. As Lotus’ founder Colin Chapman famously said, “Simplify… and add lightness”. After installation, all you need to do is let the engine idle for about 20 mins, and the ECU will automatically calibrate itself for the new exhaust flow.

Sound levels

Now, coming to just how loud these new exhausts are…the stock exhausts of the Interceptor are surprisingly quiet. But the same can’t be said for these Indimotard mufflers. The following tables will give you the sound levels we recorded in our semi-scientific test (basically using a dB app on our phone inside our studio).

Sound levels

Stock Exhausts

Growlers (with dB killers)

Growlers (without dB killers)

Idle

79dB

89dB

91dB

3,000-3,500rpm

90dB

103dB

106dB

Near Redline

96dB

119dB

121dB

Honestly, these sound levels make these exhausts highly illegal for road use, and we’d recommend them only for track use.

Performance

So do these make a difference in performance? Greasehouse claims about 7-8 hp extra, but we can’t really vouch for that because we couldn’t do a dyno test.

Acceleration

with stock exhausts

with Growlers

0-60kmph

3.21 seconds

3.03 seconds 

0-100kmph

7.45 seconds

6.96 seconds

But we did test on a VBOX, and the run from zero to 100kmph is about half a second quicker. Now that might not seem like much, especially at lower revs, but the engine seems to rev more freely and feels more unrestricted. In fact, you’ll find yourself hitting the limiter more quickly and easily. So when you’re riding faster, you can really feel the difference in the way the bike responds.

Roll-on acceleration

with stock exhausts

with Growlers

30-70kmph (3rd gear)

5.10 seconds

4.66 seconds

40-80kmph (4th gear)

5.83 seconds

5.19 seconds

In our roll-on acceleration tests, the difference in performance becomes even more apparent. You’ll find the Interceptor responds between half to one second quicker when it comes to in-gear acceleration.

Fuel Efficiency

It doesn’t make a massive difference at highway speeds - you might get a couple of kmpl more. But at city speeds, the difference is even more -- we got about 6-7kmpl more with the Growlers than we did with the stock exhausts.

Fuel Efficiency

with stock exhausts

with Growlers

City

25.35kmpl

31.95kmpl

Highway

33.17kmpl

34.64kmpl

Handling

With 5.6kg off the back of the bike, these exhausts do affect handling. Overall, the Interceptor felt much lighter with these Growlers installed. So, while attacking corners or filtering through traffic, the Interceptor did seem a lot easier to handle.

Legality

So now the big question - are these Greasehouse Growlers road-legal? Well, unfortunately, these haven’t been homologated for road use. While we don’t condone it, you might get away with using these with the dB killers installed. But they can still be cop magnets, especially in cities like Mumbai, so we recommend you keep these exhausts purely for track use. But because they’re so easy to install, you can just slip these on every time you’re going for a track day.

Price & verdict

These Greasehouse Growlers cost about Rs 11,000 and can be ordered from the Indimotard online store. We think they’re well worth the price because they’re very well made - solid stainless steel finish everywhere, and, of course, they look and sound good. But as we mentioned, they’re not road-legal, so use them on public roads at your own risk.

But if you’re getting your Interceptor, or even better, your Continental GT ready for track use, we recommend these wholeheartedly.

 

 

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