Photos by John Milbank
It’s one of the most popular aftermarket accessories for a bike, and there are some brilliant companies producing quality exhausts in the pages of Motor Cycle Monthly, but have you ever really considered what goes into a motorcycle exhaust end can? We visited one of the UK-based manufacturers to get some inside-knowledge on the tech that goes into a can. Ian Birch is the owner of Pipe Werx in Ormskirk, Lancashire and happily proclaims: “Everyone thinks there’s an amazing science in exhaust cans. There’s not. Basically, a can is a can”. Refreshing honesty, but it turns out there’s a bit more to it than that…
The history of Pipe Werx
Ian worked as a Volkswagen mechanic after leaving school, then moved to a VW tuning company, specialising in engine conversions. In 1997 he squeezed a 200bhp VR6 engine into his own brand new VW Polo in just two weeks, then built a twin-engine Golf, and started Dubsport, making crazily powerful VWs.
Next, after a few years making performance car brake disks, he got involved with exhaust development for another company. Finally, he saw the opportunity for quality aftermarket exhausts, and in 2006 Pipe Werx was born.