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Old 05-06-2013, 08:17 PM   #91
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*edit for clearer pics*

Thought I'd post a quick photo of the VFR12 with a new exhaust. Extremely pleased with both the looks and the sound. THIS is how the bike should've sounded from the factory: big, booming V4 pulses with no buzziness or harshness. On the gas, it's a huge race-bike-at-a-distance sound, very deep and smooth, but not loud. Must be the low register of the sound, because the can came with both an inner and an outer baffle, and I'm riding it with neither installed...and I'm NOT a loud-pipe guy.

It's a GPR can, which I got at a substantial discount from the folks at GPR in Italy, in exchange for some photos for their website (I'll be a guinea pig for some cash back - every man has his price ). Had one of their pipes on my K1300S and loved it - this one is no different. Absolutely can't beat the price at 40-60% less than other options. It WILL have to be repacked at some point: a deal killer for some, for me....don't care.

I'm going to post a clip on YouTube soon, but it will no doubt fail to capture how great this thing sounds in person.

2500 miles on the bike now, including a quick two-day trip to southern Missouri to ride highway 163. Over three hours of continuous twisties with big elevation changes, no traffic (it's the Branson off-season), and some of the best pavement I've ever had the opportunity to ride. I was truly surprised, and only made the trip because a riding buddy of mine called at the last minute. 450 miles on day 1, just over 550 the next. GPS showed 1001.5 miles home-to-home.

The Honda was brilliant. Comfy on the slab, fantastic in the technical stuff. Not a bike I would've rather been on for those two days. Averaged 39 mpg, with a low of 37 and a high of 41.



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Old 05-07-2013, 08:16 PM   #92
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Wow, what a difference! I bet that does sound good, prolly cause they ditches those gear driven cams, no?

I also reckon all aftermarket exhausts need repacked if you tour with them after a while.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:48 PM   #93
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Does it whistle like the st1300 did?
I called his the "ruby tea kettle"

Rode my sons st many times,
Man you could cook hot dogs on that thing,
It was very hot from the fairing!
Didn't handle to bad,for it's size.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:53 PM   #94
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Wow, what a difference! I bet that does sound good, prolly cause they ditches those gear driven cams, no?


It takes a brave man or a fool to direct ill words toward gear driven cams....but yeah. I fall into the latter category because I don't like them either.


I DO, however, still prefer the sound of the firing order of the previous VFRs, but the the RC45 sounded okay with a 360-degree order, and this one does too.

I wish I would've weighed the factory can, because the weight difference felt like 20 pounds. In reality I'm sure it was no more than 8 or 10 at best, but man...that chrome is heavy.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:01 PM   #95
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Does it whistle like the st1300 did?
I called his the "ruby tea kettle"
It doesn't sound at all like the ST now, although the factory unit was so quiet there were some undertones....but still, it's a different motor, and not nearly as Jetson-like as the 1300 (which isn't a slam, as I still really like the ST).

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Rode my sons st many times,
Man you could cook hot dogs on that thing,
It was very hot from the fairing!
Didn't handle to bad,for it's size.
The love-em, or more often, hate-em, layered fairings on the VFR work as advertised. Heat management on the bike is really well thought out. Vents in-between the two front layers channel heat away from the rider. You can clearly feel them working by sticking your hand over them at speed.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:36 AM   #96
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Nice to see the VFR getting some love. That can looks good. Loved the noise the Bos can made on mine.
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:52 AM   #97
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It takes a brave man or a fool to direct ill words toward gear driven cams....but yeah. I fall into the latter category because I don't like them either.


I DO, however, still prefer the sound of the firing order of the previous VFRs, but the the RC45 sounded okay with a 360-degree order, and this one does too.

I wish I would've weighed the factory can, because the weight difference felt like 20 pounds. In reality I'm sure it was no more than 8 or 10 at best, but man...that chrome is heavy.
Well here ya go... stock VFR800's and ST1300 sound like retarded FAGMOBILES!!!!!
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:36 PM   #98
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Well here ya go... stock VFR800's and ST1300 sound like retarded FAGMOBILES!!!!!

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Well here ya go... stock VFR800's and ST1300 sound like retarded FAGMOBILES!!!!!


Silly choice of words, doncha think?
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Old 05-08-2013, 01:30 PM   #100
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Well here ya go... stock VFR800's and ST1300 sound like retarded FAGMOBILES!!!!!
Your location is apt for the post.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:02 PM   #101
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That is just awesome looking!
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:41 AM   #102
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^^^^^^ +1. That looks great. ^^^^^^
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:48 AM   #103
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Are those frame savers on the silver part?
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:53 AM   #104
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KMC1 and sleepyOwl - thanks very much.



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Are those frame savers on the silver part?
They are. Made by R&G. They require drilling the fairing, so not for the faint of heart, but I had them on two previous bikes which required removing the fairings, marking the holes, drilling, praying the holes were right....
On the VFR, the frame protectors come with a template shaped exactly like the silver part. Tape it on and drill through it. Very easy and (thankfully) accurate.
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:21 PM   #105
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This thread has been a pleasure to follow.

You write very well, OP. it's been interesting to follow your initial impressions, then your observations about the bike.

Glad that you're on a bike that wets your whistle. Ive spent a bit of time on a K13S and it's a tough act to follow. Reading this has piqued my interest in a VFR, and it was way off my radar before. Thanks.
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