I did the heat and bend. The heat and vibration overtime split the sides where it was bent.
I use spring mount spigot types on a short header pipe. Any time I bolt stuff on The bracket or weld will break. Potholes and curbs the odd bang and bump sideways the studs snap. Perfect roads sure weekend bike. But if your gonna ride it like you stole it. 17,000 a year I put on my bike average. You might want to go with the vibes.