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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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When you say fix THAT exhaust, do you mean repairing the current one that is on there is hard to do? Or just putting a completely new one on is above my skill level?
Thanks for the responses everyone!

As far as inspiration, the look is pretty close actually. This is a Honda, but visually something I am shooting for. Land vehicle Vehicle Motorcycle Motor vehicle Car

It currently runs, and I snatched it for what seemed like a fair price to me ($750). He did say it needs some idle adjustment. I've done some work here and there on my car, but haven't messed with motorcycles. I figured at a low price like that, it would be worth a shot.

As far as goals JCW, I still need to put a seat on, which I imagine I need to get a tail loop for, in order to attach a brat style seat? The exhaust obviously, and then any other necessary things. But seat and exhaust would be the priorities I'd think.

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You're right that I should've posted before buying. It's easy to move fast though when multiple people are contacting the seller (allegedly haha).

It does run, the seller started it up for me and let it run for a minute or so. I took a crappy phone video that may be able to shed some more light. Neighbors hating me, as far as noise goes? ;)

The back brakes seem to work. We unloaded it from a trailer down a plywood ramp and once it hit the ground moving pretty quickly, he braked it.

I expected to put some money into it, but figured being half the cost of some other bikes I had seen, it would even out. I'd feel pretty silly selling it immediately after I got it haha, but if that's what it takes for a noob to learn, than so be it.
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