does it mean it gives more torque than an arrow full system that doesnt snake much or stick out?It does look out of place I agree. I believe it is to keep that little bit of extra length in the runners for torque characteristics. Same principle as why the stock headers wind and snake......to add overall required/desired length.
But have to agree it looks very odd.
There are a couple of other manufacturers where the headers stick out like the Akra also.
I think they are all very similar in terms of power gains. Some manufacturers will go all out to get the best gains and others will mix in a bit of form/aesthetics at the expense of some gains. The carbon fibre Akra is a good example of this where they have gone a nice CF muffler, but have added a 360 degree loop to lengthen the runners for torque characteristics at the expense of some visual aesthetics. But IMO you will only really ever notice this difference on paper via dyno readouts, you would be hard pressed to tell if one performs any better than the other just by riding alone. The sound and looks of the system will most likely be your deciding factor. At least it is for me. Any power gains that I will experience to me is simply a bonus as I am not racing the bike, and the bike has well more than enough power for everyday road use. As long as it doesn't bring any power losses........that would be pretty poor.does it mean it gives more torque than an arrow full system that doesnt snake much or stick out?