WHAT I DO

Pipe Werx keeps it­self lean and mean as a busi­ness. Each sys­tem (and there are 80 op­tions for 300 bikes) is hand made to or­der. Here’s how they do it

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Contents - Words: Alan See­ley Pic­tures: Stu­art Collins

Jeff Sed­don runs Werx pipes, and runs it very well too

For a com­pany set up only a decade ago and in the hands of its cur­rent owner for just over two years, Pipe Werx has an as­ton­ish­ingly large cat­a­logue of si­lencers and link pipes. As well as per­for­mance end-cans and link pipes. Pipe Werx can also sup­ply stan­dard bolt-on fit­ting cans such as you might find on older ’Blades, ZXS and the like.

“We can sup­ply end-cans for 300 dif­fer­ent mod­els of bikes in 80 dif­fer­ent op­tions. The range of fit­ments grows all the time too,” says owner Jeff Sed­don, who started with the firm as gen­eral man­ager in Au­gust 2014 and took over from founder Ian Birch when he re­tired in April 2016. “And that was al­ways the plan,” says Jeff.

Large though the se­lec­tion is, it’s broad too. “The ear­li­est bike we pro­duce a si­lencer for is the 1985 Honda CBR400F and the new­est is what­ever’s just come out,” says Jeff. In the un­likely event there isn’t some­thing to meet your spe­cific re­quire­ments in the Pipe Werx cat­a­logue, the firm will make a can to your needs re­gard­ing bore, out­let, length and so on. Pipe Werx sources bikes to de­velop fit­ments for from friendly lo­cal deal­ers and mem­bers of the pub­lic. “We can sort a new fit­ment within a day,” says Jeff.

That sin­gle day pol­icy also ap­plies to or­der ful­fil­ment. Rather than carry a huge in­ven­tory of all mod­els and fit­ments with the re­quire­ment for ware­house space that would create, Pipe Werx in­stead builds each or­der as it ar­rives, whether through on­line or tele­phone or­der­ing. That means ev­ery pipe is hand­built in the UK on­site at Pipe Werx keep­ing Jeff and his three em­ploy­ees pretty busy. The only things done off-site are pow­der and ce­ramic coat­ing for sleeves when spec­i­fied. “All of our ex­hausts are built with grade 304 stain­less in­ter­nals, the best pos­si­ble wad­ding and gas-tight riv­ets,” says Jeff. “At the mo­ment we’re sell­ing around 4500 units a year.”

Pipe Werx prod­ucts are of­fered in var­i­ous styles and lengths in mouth­wa­ter­ing com­bi­na­tions of stain­less, ti­ta­nium and car­bon fi­bre. Oval, tri-oval and round pat­terns are all avail­able. Seven years ago Pipe Werx in­tro­duced their Hawk range of end-cans. These are more tra­di­tional in ap­pear­ance in con­trast to some of Pipe Werx’s more cut­ting-edge de­signs. Be­ing sim­pler pat­terns they are cheaper too. In 2016 the Hawk Ti­tan range was added; this se­ries be­ing all-ti­ta­nium in con­struc­tion apart from the stain­less per­fo­rated tube down the mid­dle of the can.

The fluid na­ture of Pipe Werx’s very up to date ‘just-in-time’ man­u­fac­tur­ing method­ol­ogy also al­lows new mod­els of end-can to join the range. A new tri-oval ex­haust in car­bon with a ti­ta­nium out­let will de­but at the NEC this year.

“Our main mar­ket is the UK,” says Jeff, “But as the sea­sons change we also see an up­surge in over­seas in­ter­est.” As well as the US, other sig­nif­i­cant mar­kets for Pipe Werx in­clude Aus­tralia and New Zealand. While ad­mit­ting that his is a highly com­pet­i­tive sec­tor, Jeff re­mains un­fazed by this. “Some might see Far Eastern im­ports as some­thing to bat­tle with but re­ally they’re ad­dress­ing a dif­fer­ent mar­ket­place,” says Jeff. “We’re all UK made, of­fer a life­time guar­an­tee for as long as our prod­ucts are with the orig­i­nal pur­chaser and are al­ways avail­able to an­swer queries and ad­dress any prob­lems. Those key dif­fer­en­tia­tors ap­peal to our cus­tomers.”

An­other claim sure to please po­ten­tial road bike cus­tomers for Pipe Werx’s end-cans is that no re­jet­ting or remap­ping are re­quired if you fit their street-le­gal ex­hausts as the con­struc­tion is com­pa­ra­ble to OE if a lit­tle freer-flow­ing. “You’ll al­ways get a lit­tle more power,” says Jeff.

Who’d say ‘no’ to that?

Your Pipe Werx sys­tem will be hand made to or­der. They’ve a huge in­ven­tory, but no stock

And this man can too

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