OK folks! Here it is....What people around our shop have started affectionately calling "Th Great Pumpkin".. No really, I finally got the headlight mask back from the paint shop and am extremely happy with the way it turned out! As for the Akrapovic sys?? You gotta keep in mind that I rode my '03 Adv. a total of 2.5 miles before ripping into it and starting the mods so it is a little hard to say how much improvement I have seen from the exhaust sys. alone! The mods I have made to the bike so far (mechanically) have been the Akra exhaust, 170 main jet, raised the needle 1 pos., added a racing airbox cover, Uni air filter and a snorkel-ectomy. Next to my 2002 Adv.R with the same mods except for the exhaust sys. it is a completely different monster! It revs like a two stroke, has more grunt all the way through the throttle and you can actually hear it when there are other bike running around you! On the other hand it is definitely not as loud as Harley with straight pipes! To me the weight savings from the stock exhaust is where the Akrapovic is worth its weight in gold! I have been able to shave 8 lbs. off the bike with the exhaust alone! Well folks, more to come later on this subject but right now I gotta take care of my Valentine!!!!!