As many know, I stumbled onto a screaming deal on a 1996 VFR750 around Christmas. Fantastic shape, the only issues where a upper fairing that had been reworked due to a tip over (I replaced it with a factory piece) and when I had a friend give the bike a complete go over this spring he found (as I suspected) that it was RUNNING ON 3 CYLINDERS because someone had inadvertently unplugged the #2 plug wire from the coil. The bike still ran strong above 5000rpm, but was pretty gutless below that..
A quick push of a plug wire, and I had a bike that revved correctly and my gas mileage went up from 30 to almost 50mpg... I had him swap out the stock (dirty) air filter for a new Uni filter, and change all needed fluids..
The bike only had 7200 miles on it when I bought it, and the previous owner had ony put 3000 miles on it in the last 10 years.. (maybe because it was running on 3 cylinders?)
Anyway, it runs great!! The only thing I didn't like about the bike was the fact that the first owner had installed a Yoshimura aluminum pipe on the bike.. It didn't sound BAD, but it was too noisy for my taste.. The loudest thing on any of my bikes is the stereo on my Goldwing..
So, even though the bike was quieter than 99% of the Harleys I've ever seen, it was still a little noisy for me.. Even at idle, it was rumbly enough that I'd have to talk a little loud.. It bothered me, even though I love the growl of this bike when taken above 5-6000rpm!! It's completely different than an inline 4 sound..
Anyway, I'd checked around on aftermarket exhaust that are quieter, or close to stock.. I wanted to keep the weight down but didn't want loud!!
So, I went with the 450mm Delkevic Ti slip on due to other recommendations, and tonight I installed it.. It comes with a "quiet insert" that forces the exhaust into the packing before allowing it out.. I tried it with this, and as most have done, I quickly removed it..
The bike was almost silent with the pipe.. Even when revved, it was quiet, and since I'd fallen in love with the exhaust note, I wanted to hear it, at least a little..
So, the pipe came out (one simple screw) and I instantly fell in love with this exhaust!! It looks GREAT and yet is still more quiet than the engine gear noise while in town.. A very, very deep rumble can just be heard up until 4000rpm, (typical town engine speed) and once out on the road and cranked up to 6000 or more, the engine still has the great growl, although about 1/3 quieter than the Yoshi..
I'm in love with this bike!! If only it had invisible saddlebags for luggage!!
Got a chance to take a photo.. My camera made the red look orangish for some reason..