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    Montpelier, VT
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    1998 Honda VFR800
    1981 Honda CB750F
    1988 Honda VT600C

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  1. I emailed Marc and heard back promptly at the tail end of last week. He said they were planning on having the kits shipped by the end of this week, fyi.
  2. x2 on roadstercycle.com - I also put a FH020aa on my 5th Gen and the kit from Jack works great. I also soldered everything (if you go this route make sure to thoroughly test the stator first since you will be making a semi-permanent connection to it).
  3. I'm jealous, there is still a couple feet of snow in front my barn doors and it was in the teens again here last night.
  4. x2 on what @GreginDenver said. My low mile '98 was in a fairly similar state. I'd also suggest that you closely inspect the electrical connections, I wouldn't be surprised if the terminals were a bit skanky and in need of clean up and treatment, but if the bike has lived in UT it's entire life you may be pleasantly surprised. Also, check to see if the regulator/rectifier is the stock unit, the factory 'upgrade', or a MOSFET replacement (if you are lucky). More info in this post: In the very least you should run 'the drill' as outlined here: https://vfrworld.com/threads/the-drill.52131/#post-579543 Nice looking 5th Gen.
  5. x2 - my TBR can is louder than the smaller (both diam and length) Black Widow I replaced it with. In general, I found it to be loud. OP - you should be able to drill out the rivets and make whatever mods you want to the silencer. TBR offers the rivets as a part of their repack kits, but they look like regular pop rivets and I'm guessing you could get them locally or from McMaster-Carr, etc. separately also. Good luck
  6. Thanks for this, I'll do some reading. Edit - Found the thread: Great thread, good info. Thanks @3dcycle
  7. My idea was to research swapping the hubs or similar. I hadn't dug into it yet, was initially trying to see if I could land on the wheel weights to gauge whether or not it was it was even worth considering.
  8. Wholly agreed on white wheels for the RWB VFR. If you do get a set and weigh them please share the results. I haven't found weights listed yet and I have been considering these wheels for my 5th Gen.
  9. That looks excellent! Did you weigh the 8th Gen wheels by chance?
  10. Wow, that is fast. Did you receive an email or tracking after purchase?
  11. Has anyone gotten an email confirmation or shipping notice/tracking on their shift kits? Not worried, just curious.
  12. Ordered, thank you Marc and Stray!
  13. Glad I could help. From my experience - the pictures on the BW site are a good representation of the actual appearance and fit of their slip ons. Their picture of this product on the bike looks almost exactly as to how it looks in my picture above (save for the logo/sticker): https://www.blackwidowexhausts.co.uk/vfr800-98-03-rc46-hi-level-exhaust-silencer-kit-with-350mm-round-gp-style-carbon-fibre-silencer-22352-p.asp Full system - No personal experience, but BW did just release a new header that appears to be an improved design from their 'Sandy Bike Spares' days, there are a few nearly identical headers offered by other "manufacturers" (re-sellers) - More info can be found here - Look for posts by 'Stray' in that thread (starting around page 14 or so), the other sellers of this header are Lextek (there is a potential deal/group buy through a third party, contact Stray) and someone linked an Alibaba sale page for them also at one point. I don't know what you are looking for but, in case you haven't seen it - There is a US fabricator that is making a TBR based performance header right now - As for the seat - yes it is a Sargent World Sport and I am a big fan. It is much more comfortable on longer rides and it also doesn't slope into the tank as much as the stock seat. You can find them used if you keep an eye out and are patient, which should save you some cash from MSRP.
  14. I have a Black Widow slip on (350mm carbon high mount) and really like it. Aesthetically: it mounts tight to the tail section, the mounting hardware is mostly hidden, fitment is great and it aligns very well. It is a well made piece (aside from BW's sticker style logo, which I wish was an embossed metal logo like other high quality brands) with nice welding, machining, and finishing. It sounds great in my opinion, but I do think tone & volume expectations need to align with the length, diameter, and materials of the can you select. I replaced a low-mount TBR metal can and it was longer and larger diameter, which produced a bit lower exhaust note to my ears. I thought the price point was great considering the rest of market and the part I received. Here's a rear-quarter view:
  15. You guys are tempting me with so much good stuff lately... 🙂 I am in for a ceramic kit (USA). Stray - If we double the order quantity will Marc double the discount? That would be huge and I'd be surprised, but it can't hurt to ask if he'll knock a bit more off if we hit 10 (or 15, etc.) similar to how other group buys are often structured.
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