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    Thread: Initial Impressions - 2007 Honda VFR800 Interceptor (Long)

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      04-20-2012 10:45 AM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony@VMG View Post
      Which one did you get? I love the way the factory exhaust looks, and I haven't been able to find an aftermarket exhaust that flows as well as the factory one.
      Leo Vince Evo II SBK.

      I didn't want to change out the factory either as I love the way it looks, however the exhaust looks sharp, and I want more noise, and less weight. They have both aluminum and carbon fiber. I went with AL as it was $200 cheaper and there is no real weight difference:


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      04-20-2012 11:06 AM #52
      That actually looks really good. I'd be interested to hear your impressions on the exhaust.

      Where did you pick it up?

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      04-20-2012 11:31 AM #53
      Can't the factory pipe be .. uh .. 'modified'?

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      04-20-2012 12:26 PM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony@VMG View Post
      That actually looks really good. I'd be interested to hear your impressions on the exhaust.

      Where did you pick it up?
      I called a few places, IndySuperbikes had it backordered; ended up ordering from a placed called Rocky Mountain ATV; found them on Amazon. $540 w/free three day shipping.

      Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba
      Can't the factory pipe be .. uh .. 'modified'?
      Yes, but it doesn't do much for weight savings; and the Leo's come with removable baffles for picnic with the wife or full out hoon rides.

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      04-20-2012 01:54 PM #55
      Quote Originally Posted by Spinnaker View Post
      That looks really good.

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      04-20-2012 03:09 PM #56
      Quote Originally Posted by FlashRedGLS1.8T View Post
      That looks really good.
      Will post pics when I get them on (though it should look exactly like that)

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      04-20-2012 04:45 PM #57
      Please post video... with audio of course.

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      04-20-2012 05:17 PM #58
      Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
      Can't the factory pipe be .. uh .. 'modified'?
      Yes, with a hole saw and dremel. And it sounds great. I'm not worried about weight, the bike is a porker to begin with. The exhaust has 4 outlet ports, I hole-sawed 2 of them and it sounds awesome. May do the other two this weekend.

      Not my clip, a guy who replies says that this was a full gut but I could have sworn reading on the VFR forum that this was the drilled mod

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      04-21-2012 04:15 PM #59
      This is what I'm hoping for.



      I've read they drop anywhere from 10 - 14 pounds. The VFR is a porker but the location of that weight should make a big difference in turn-to-turn situations.

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      04-21-2012 05:04 PM #60
      Somewhere on youtoob I found a really sweet video of a guy just tearing it up on a VFR. I can't remember if it was a 750 or an 800. But the video was of the guy's back as he was ripping up a canyon run somewhere. At the beginning of the video the guy drops it down two gears before giving it the beans.

      That sound was magical.

      Wish to hell I could find that video now.

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      04-22-2012 01:47 PM #61
      Spinnaker - did you remove the snorkel and unplug the flapper from the airbox? I was shocked at the drastic sound change just from doing that.

      When I was on a ride yesterday I was passed by a guy on the exact same bike as mine. I was on the shoulder trying to get cell reception to see where the hell I was, and he drove by. I didn't realize it was the same bike as it was approaching, because the headlights look different than I expected. I also noticed this amazing sound, and then when he was right in front of me, I was like "hey! that's my bike!"

      However, he was running the factory exhaust, so I am positive he gutted it, because it was considerably louder than mine. If it sounds that good with a gutted exhaust, I can only imagine how good it sounds with the leo vince.

      Once someone buys my Remus Hexacone that I had leftover from my BMW, I will then purchase the Leo Vince SBK Evo II with the conical endcaps. I think it's the best looking aftermarket exhaust that I have seen for the VFR.

      I will miss the theme from the four headlights and the four exhaust outlets, but I'll deal with it to get more of that sound.

      I now have put about 500 miles on the bike since I purchased it, and while this was the least expensive motorcycle I have owned, it is quickly becoming the most fun and one of my favorites.

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      04-22-2012 03:01 PM #62
      I for One am happy to see how this thread is turning out. As a point of record I remember SOMEONE close to him pointing out that he (Anthony) would probably enjoy owning an Interceptor at some point. As wisdom coming from someone slightly older (but much better looking and far more experienced) often gets dismissed this was shrugged off... And yet here we are.

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      04-23-2012 10:39 AM #63
      Quote Originally Posted by Paul@VWvortex View Post
      I for One am happy to see how this thread is turning out. As a point of record I remember SOMEONE close to him pointing out that he (Anthony) would probably enjoy owning an Interceptor at some point. As wisdom coming from someone slightly older (but much better looking and far more experienced) often gets dismissed this was shrugged off... And yet here we are.
      Hah.

      I have always liked the VFR, just never came across one. But yes, you did suggest the VFR to me many years ago! So thanks, Paulie.

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      04-23-2012 11:11 AM #64
      OMG, a sense of humor.

      Still really liking the diversity of views in this thread.
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      04-23-2012 01:00 PM #65
      Quote Originally Posted by atomicalex View Post
      OMG, a sense of humor.

      Still really liking the diversity of views in this thread.
      This thread has bumped an older generation VFR up higher on my list of "distance" bikes to look at come cheap-price-season. Definitely not going to buy one just when the season is ramping up!
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      04-24-2012 09:45 AM #66
      It's on!





      Install took me four hours, which is probably on the long side but I had a b*tch of a time getting it aligned properly and was working solo in an unlit garage with a headlamp.

      Fired it up with the baffles in, listened about three seconds then took them out.

      What a difference that made.

      The tone of this exhaust is a perfect fit to the VFR's character. The VFR is a sophisticated gentlemen's sport bike ; and this is a deep, mellow, not obnoxiously loud but uniquely noticeable tune.

      May do a Dyno tune next to tie it all together!

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      04-24-2012 11:15 AM #67
      I love it from the rear - not sure about the side profile. The factory exhaust just flows so well with the bike!

      This is just a rear section exhaust, right?

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      04-24-2012 11:59 AM #68
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony@VMG View Post
      I love it from the rear - not sure about the side profile. The factory exhaust just flows so well with the bike!

      This is just a rear section exhaust, right?
      It's a cat back, the side profile actually looks really nice. The bling of the stock exhaust never really flowed with the bike, the matte finish of the aluminum matches the frame/wheels better.

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      04-24-2012 02:40 PM #69
      Maybe I just need to see a better photo in better light.

      Did it not come with those huge stickers on the mufflers? Some systems have it, others don't. I think it looks much cleaner with the stickers removed.

      You said it took 4 hours - was it complicated, or just a lot of time perfecting it?

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      04-24-2012 03:15 PM #70
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony@VMG View Post
      Maybe I just need to see a better photo in better light.

      Did it not come with those huge stickers on the mufflers? Some systems have it, others don't. I think it looks much cleaner with the stickers removed.

      You said it took 4 hours - was it complicated, or just a lot of time perfecting it?
      The stickers come separate in the box, so they are optional to add.

      Getting the stock exhaust off is basically three bolts. The seat, rear fairing, and fender have to be removed. Figuring out how it goes together is intuitive, getting it all lined up was a pain, especially the right can. I was also not at home so had to spend time hunting around for tools.

      Done during the day, with light, and your allen keys/ratchet set near at hand shouldn't take more than 2.5 hours. Less if you have someone to help line it up.

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      04-27-2012 10:34 AM #71
      For the other VFR owners in this thread - do you find that the bike doesn't "lean" enough while on the side stand? I find it very unstable unless the ground is completely level. All of my previous bikes leaned more while on the side stand.

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      04-27-2012 10:56 PM #72
      Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
      Wish to hell I could find that video now.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsxVmQ4BH8M

      Caution: Squidly behavior present. Not recommended as a how-to for noob riders.

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      04-28-2012 01:40 AM #73
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony@VMG View Post
      do you find that the bike doesn't "lean" enough while on the side stand.
      Lowered a bit? I know that this is such an issue with BMW that they replace the stands when lowering....
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      04-28-2012 08:59 AM #74
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony@VMG View Post
      For the other VFR owners in this thread - do you find that the bike doesn't "lean" enough while on the side stand? I find it very unstable unless the ground is completely level. All of my previous bikes leaned more while on the side stand.
      I've noticed this with other Hondas I have owned. I always felt like they sit too vertical on the side stand.

      On another note - partially in thanks to this thread, I think I am going to go pick up a used 2002 VFR tomorrow.

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      04-28-2012 06:52 PM #75
      Quote Originally Posted by TurboWraith View Post
      I've noticed this with other Hondas I have owned. I always felt like they sit too vertical on the side stand.

      On another note - partially in thanks to this thread, I think I am going to go pick up a used 2002 VFR tomorrow.
      Yeah, everyone tells me to check if the bike is lowered (which it is not), but it just seems to be a Honda thing. My past BMWs and Triumph, as well as my buddy's Suzuki, lean more on the side stand. Makes it feel more stable.

      Congrats on the purchase! Please do share your impressions once you get it.

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