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Tuesday 3 October 2023


Kodlin 'Next Level' Exhaust Systems by Zard

New from German custom legend Fred Kodlin and his business partner and custom builder son Len, these new 'Next Level' Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight 2-in-1 systems for M-8 Softail and Touring models have been designed by Kodlin Motorcycles and meticulously precision-manufactured in Italy by Scarichi Moto Zard.

Launched at European Bike Week at Faaker See in Austria at the beginning of September, these new "Kodlin powered by Zard" exhaust systems provide dealers with high-quality options for the currently most popular custom bike styles - whether Clubstyle, Power Customs or Race-Style Bagger, Fred and Len Kodlin have a fitting answer for all the most popular of contemporary styles.

Performance headers for Touring models

"Precision-manufactured, using the world's finest materials and components, by some of the leading production engineers on some of the world's most advanced production equipment at high-end manufacturer Zard in Italy, these new performance styled systems are exclusively available through Kodlin Motorcycles," Len Kodlin told AMD Magazine.

Available in high-grade stainless steel and lightweight, high-strength titanium versions, master craftsman Fred Kodlin handcrafted the prototypes of these brand-new exhaust systems himself - "raising the bar in performance products for V-twin powered motorcycles."

'Next Level' 2-into-1 shown on a Softail 

"Our exclusive manufacturing partner, Zard in Italy, brings its decades of experience in research, development and manufacturing of motorsport exhaust systems and proven racetrack technology to create these one of a kind 'Kodlin Next Level’ systems. 

"The result is a winning formula: visible welding seams of the highest quality and state-of-the-art high-end spring connections are a visible proof of the exceptional craftsmanship and highly specialized manufacturing processes that are a trademark of these hi-tech systems. Kodlin 'Next Level' exhaust systems are true works of art - designed and manufactured to meet the highest demands and standards of any performance-oriented riders." 

'Next Level' 2-into-1 for Touring models

The meticulously produced stainless steel version has been developed for extreme durability, but the even more detailed and precision-manufactured titanium versions adds the weight saving benefits of a lighter weight material, greater heat resistance and higher strength into the already impressive equation.

Fred Kodlin explains: "We have developed these systems for performance-oriented M-8 Softail and Touring models and the popular 'Clubstyle' customs based on M-8 Street Bob, Fat Bob and Lowrider S and ST models. They can be installed by our experienced team, at your local authorized Harley-Davidson dealers, or your aftermarket shop of choice. 

"The time of extreme performance and Race-Bagger custom bikes is just starting in Europe, as we have started to see this year, and is already well established as a major long-term development in the United States. These exhausts are designed to answer dealers' needs for the kind of style and performance that performance Bagger riders are asking for.

"Designed specifically to work with all Milwaukee-Eight engines, and ready for a seamless installation, all the systems that will be sold in Europe will come with a Euro 5 homologation certificate and are now available from Kodlin Motorcycles. 

"In the United States, after a successful R&D programme, 49-state emissions compliance approval is expected in the coming months, at which point the team of Kodlin USA, Morgan Hill, California, will launch these stylish systems for the U.S. and worldwide markets."



Exclusive Kodlin high-end exhaust systems in cooperation with Zard:

  • Extreme sportive look with polished "Bare Metal" race-style
  • 2-in-1 design 
  • For H-D M-8 Softail (2018-up) and Touring (2017-up) models 
  • Optionally available in stainless steel or lightweight titanium  
  • Visible welding seams in highest quality standard
  • Precision-manufactured flanges to stock cylinder heads 
  • Pro racing quality high-strength component spring tensioning
  • Top-end craftsmanship and finish
  • Powerful Harley sound for all Milwaukee-Eight engine displacements
  • Removable dB-eater
  • State-of-the-art internal components for durability
  • Three Lambda-sensor connections (two large ones for wideband lambda sensor tuning, including adapter for OEM sensor)
  • Riveted "Kodlin powered by Zard" branding 
  • Easy installation and adaption to Milwaukee-Eight electrical system - some mapping may be needed 
  • Euro 5 homologation certificate