R3, R1, R6,
Forks, & Dampers
Chains / Sprockets
Gauges / Dash
Fenders / Huggers
Fuel Caps / Bases
H.I.D & LED
Mirrors / Mirror Block Off Plates
Protection / Frame Sliders
Radiator Hose Kits
Rear Sets / Foot Controls
Seats / Seat Cowls
Sprockets / Chains
Traction Pads / Stomp Grip
Throttle Lock / Cruise Control
Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPMS)
The Akrapovic company was founded in 1990, based on the experience gained in
the field of motorcycle tuning by Igor Akrapovic. His knowledge comes from
his own personal experiences and observations, as he himself often tested
the results of his work as a motorcycle racer on the track. He
capped a successful ten-year career with numerous championship titles in the
F1 and SBK classes on both the national and international levels. His
ceaseless desire to create and exceptional feeling for four-stroke motors,
especially racing motors, has made the Akrapovic name famous throughout the
In the search for perfection in tuning racing motorcycles, Akrapovic was
confronted with an insurmountable problem. There simply were no high-quality
exhaust systems available to the public which could meet extreme technical
demands. The systems which were available were for the most part poorly
made, with the main parts usually welded together, and usually with
excessively thick pipe walls. It was considered a success if the system at
least came close to fitting onto the bike for which it was intended.
Technically superior exhaust systems were astronomically expensive and
difficult for the average customer to obtain. For Akrapovic, whose
perfectionism is well-known, there was no choice. Akrapovic had to go into
the field of manufacturing exhaust systems himself.
Akrapovic's innovative ideas began to take concrete form. He established new
concepts in exhaust system construction: new configurations, new tube
diameters and materials. He began to expand the use of crossover tubes and
conical headers. High-quality stainless steel completely replaced the
ordinary thick-walled steel tubing, and exotic titanium and carbon-fiber
also made their appearance.
The first, and by modern standards quite simple pipe bending tool was soon
replaced by a large modern pipe bending machine with optional computer
control. The 450 m2 workshop quickly became too small to contain the growing
needs of the company, which was experiencing a meteoric rise.
Exceptionally high standards and investment in development led to excellent
results. The development and testing department was able to obtain its own
dyno bench very early on. The positive feedback from the racetracks was
continuously evident in our own measurements of our exhaust systems.
This got the
attention of most of the teams competing on the Pro Superbike circuit. This
was at the time a very high ranking class, just below the Superbike World
Championship. In 1993 the firm Kawasaki Deutschland responded to an
invitation to test our exhaust systems. After testing a model which had not
been developed for that particular bike, but assisted by the exceptional
talent of Mr. Akrapovic, it was clear that our system was better than the
factory system. This was a huge breakthrough and the beginning of major
cooperation with numerous teams in the Pro Superbike championship (KAWASAKI,
YAMAHA, SUZUKI, DUCATI, HONDA), in which we enjoyed a string of wins and
championship titles in the ensuing years..
Akrapovic Exhausts began to use titanium extensively. Akrapovic
purchased a unique titanium forming machine, still the only one of its type
in the world, in order to produce titanium tubing in Akrapovic's own
factory. This allows Akrapovic exceptional freedom in constructing tubes,
precise quality control over welding and independence from unreliable
They have finally managed to make Akrapovic titanium exhaust systems
available to everybody, and not just the great racetrack virtuosos.
Akrapovic Exhausts have constantly upgraded our production and invested the
largest amount of funds into modernizing our machines and educating our
workforce. Computers have long been our constant companions in the 3-D
planning of configurations, programming of tools, computer-aided
manufacture, and as an indispensable accessory in the testing department for
the analysis and setting of all possible parameters.
After Akrapovic Exhausts successes in Pro Superbike, the Superbike World
Championship was not far away. The Kawasaki factory team enthusiastically
followed the results achieved by the German Kawasaki team in the Pro
Superbike series. After thorough testing, they became the first factory team
on the World Superbike circuit to use our exhaust systems. Based on our
excellent results, other teams were to follow: first Yamaha, a year later
Suzuki and finally Honda.
the 1999 season every single Japanese team in the Superbike World
Championship used AKRAPOVIC exhaust systems.
Akrapovic Exhausts reputation spread, and interest in our exhaust systems
also arose in the 600 Supersport World Championship. Huge growth and demand
for fast and major developments were at first difficult to accommodate. The
spatial restrictions of our 450 m2 workshop accelerated our need for
expansion. In the same year we moved into what then seemed a luxurious
factory with a floor space of 3000 m2.
At that time the company was still being marketed under the Skorpion brand
name, and the majority of its exhaust systems were distributed through a
central warehouse in Germany. In moving to our new factory, we also moved
the warehouse to the seat of the company in Slovenia, and at that time
decided to change the brand name.
A trendy name which was no different from those of many other exhaust
systems no longer suited our purposes and did not suit the product which it
stood for. Another problem was its similarity to other registered trademarks
around the world. We decided to replace the Skorpion name, which was already
well-known among enthusiasts, with something completely unique, as befit the
product. The logical answer was to use the name of the founder of the
company, Igor Akrapovic. The unique and somewhat exotic brand name, which
characterizes the product, was well-received among the public. Although at
the time we were not completely sure that our decision was correct, today we
know it was an excellent move.
The Akrapovic trademark
experienced a huge surge onto world markets. Akrapovic exhaust systems are
starting to be used by everyone who understands the importance of using
top-quality components in extreme race conditions. Akrapovic Exhaust entry into the SBK
World Championship was followed by victories in important national
championships: the American AMA Superbike and the Japanese All Japan
Superbike Championship. In the year 2000 our exhaust systems were also used
by the Aprilia factory team.
quick entry into the most prestigious class in four-stroke motorcycle racing
motivated and encouraged us towards even more intensive development, and
gave us invaluable feedback which we added to Akrapovic store of experience.
In less than
a decade our
small workshop-style company has risen to worldwide prominence on the basis
of resounding successes.
Akrapovic Exhausts first victory in an individual SBK race was won in 1997 by
Japanese Akira Yanagawa on a Kawasaki. Akrapovic first SBK world championship
title was taken in 2000 by Colin Edwards on his Castrol Honda SP-01, and in
the same year we became champions in the 600 SS class with Yamaha and Joerg
deserves special mention:
2002 season was a breakthrough year for the top class of motorcycle racing.
The introduction and dominance of the four-strokes demanded new ways of
thinking and a changed approach to the development and design of racing
The changes also had a positive effect at
Akrapovic, since we produce exhaust systems exclusively for four-stroke
machines. Akrapovic Exhausts wealth of experience and knowledge was a great advantage which
we put to good use in the newly reformed MotoGP class, as Akrapovic Exhaust entered the MotoGP project as the official supplier of exhaust systems to the Aprilia
and Kawasaki teams.
small workshop, which started with just six employees, has achieved major
success, managing to propel itself to the very top of motorcycle exhaust
systems manufacturing through the application of its own knowledge and
on total surface area of
over 7000 m2 Akrapovic Exhausts employ
highly qualified and motivated
educational backgrounds. All of us are aware that Akrapovic Exhausts produce exhaust systems
for customers who simply do not accept mistakes – the most demanding racing
teams and riders from around the world.
To be competitive this year , five of the six Factory World Superbike
teams have selected Akrapovic Exhaust Systems Technology. This unprecedented domination by
Akrapovic Exhaust Systems is you proof of unmatched performance worldwide. If you want the
best in construction and performance - Demand Akrapovic!!
- Akrapovic Equipped Teams!!
- WSB & AMA Kawasaki WSB & AMA Yamaha
- WSB Honda
- WSB Aprilia
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