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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

BSL exhausts

BSL exhausts available through Zodiac International

Founded in Austria by Wolfgang Wakolbinger and Klaus Peinbauer in 1996, Bike Shop Linz (BSL) started to prototype their own exhaust pipes in 1999 with the first products going on-sale in 2000.

Wolfgang Wakolbinger (left) and Klaus Peinbauer opened for business in 1996 and introduced their first exhaust designs in 2002

BSL's 1,000 sq m (10,000 sq ft) shop and factory at Linz, Austria
Before they opened their workshop their custom bikes had become highlights at some of Europe's most popular shows, many of them built on Harleys that they had imported from the United States - this was commonplace in Europe in the 1990s at the time when Harley's European management structure and dealer network was still a work-in-progress and when wait lists were driving price premiums for new models.
Once they had their business up and running their initial custom fabrication parts offerings such as carbon and GFK fenders and chassis components were complemented by selling selected well known European made products such as the German made HPU frames program.
In 2001 and 2002 BSL concentrated on the demanding and expensive process of gaining street-legal certification for their exhausts; their popular and well received 'Hot Shot Pipes' made their debut in 2006.
Steel fenders and custom air cleaners were followed in 2008 by the launch of their internationally type approved Euro-3 Hot Shots and Touring model systems.
Well known European Harley-Davidson aftermarket parts, accessory and performance specialist Zodiac International started to distribute BSL exhausts in 2006 and since then the product line has grown rapidly.


To celebrate their 15th anniversary in 2010/2011 BSL unveiled a big program of celebration product initiatives  - 15th Anniversary Hot Shot pipes, Skull Headers, 96 Headers, more brand-new street-legal exhaust applications, including for Tourers and new Air-Cleaners.

Now they are eying their 20th anniversary next year - and the company is operating out of much expanded facilities of over 1,000 sq m (approximately 10,000 sq ft) and employs 12 people.

BSL currently makes exhausts for all Evo, Twin Cam and V-Rod models and makes Panhead, Shovelhead and custom bike exhausts on special order

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