Over the last decade or so, Akrapovic, based in Slovenia and founded by Igor Akrapovic, has become the de facto standard for performance motorcycle exhausts worldwide. A ride up the mountain on any given Sunday will see a slew of superbikes on the road fitted with Akrapovic end cans, or full exhaust systems in either steel or titanium.

In the video above, a selection of current model superbikes – the Honda CBR1000RR, BMW S1000RR, Yamaha YZF-R1, Suzuki GSX-R1000, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, Ducati 1299 Panigale and Aprilia RSV4 – are fitted with Akrapovic exhaust systems and taken around an unnamed racetrack. The voice-over is clear, riding superbikes is a passion, and something those who do not ride will not understand.

Fitting a performance exhaust to a motorcycle in a quest for those last few ponies of power is not new, of course, riders and racers have been doing it for decades. But the bark of a superbike performance exhaust is an aural symphony, in the right environment. Just don’t forget your ear-plugs.