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Can an amateur change the exhaust?

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Today I bought a Yamaha XS750 cafe racer project bike. It needs a new seat, some work on the brakes, and a new exhaust. First question, which I'm sure I will have many, is:

Can an amateur change the exhaust? The current exhaust has been cut. I saw this on ebay, and from the photos, it almost looks as simple as needing some bolts to be attached. Is that the case, or is it actually much more complicated. I've been having trouble finding answers and/or tutorial videos.

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Yep, getting whatever "extra" parts the previous owner took off is a good move. Years ago, I bought an old Triumph Tiger 750 that had been "customized". No front fender, different seat, pullback handlebars, cocktail-shaker mufflers, no turn signals, 16" rear wheel, and it burned oil and had a bad knock in the motor. Luckily, I asked about the original parts and he had them all, other than the 18" rim and handlebars, and the frame hadn't been hacked. I rebuilt the engine (pistons and rings worn badly, but the bottom end was good), and with the exception of some superbike bars and the 16" rear wheel, put it back to stock. It was a pretty bike. I rode it a few years and sold it - never did get around to replacing the rear rim.

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