Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Vancouver Canada
Fellow Canadian here, Vancouver to be specific. Having owned and heavily modded a 2012, and now on a 2017, I think if price is your #1 criteria and you aren't willing to drop the $2,000 CAN for the header/mufflers/Flash, then just slap on a pair of Vance & Hines Urban Brawlers. They are your cheapest option, they are tiny which offers a lot more room to clean your rear wheel and chain, and they sound ok. If you want an idea what they will sound like, just remove your stock mufflers..........
I did an Arrow header (couple hundred bucks cheaper than the Akro at the time) and Yoshimura Carbon mufflers on my 2012. If I had to do it all again, I would have opted for a single outlet header. But, there are challenges with the single as it gets in the way of saddlebags if you use them (I don't.......totally gross looking, side load design is dumb, they get scratched/kicked easily, etc), so I just run a dry bag on a tail rack.
On my 2017, I chose the 4 into 2 Akro header and mated it up to my stock silver mufflers for the same reason you noted, mufflers are priced high enough that the benefits do not outweigh the investment. Plus, I kind of like the silver design as my bike is black and silver.
$955 CAN for the header
$42 CAN Gaskets
$0 CAN install myself
$300 CAN for 2WheelDynoWorks to flash and dyno tune
$1300 CAN TOTAL
That's about as cheap as you can get it, and bike now puts out 140hp and 80 foot pound torque.