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Hi all. Just picked up a 2017 red F6C.

Based in Auckland, New Zealand, and I have to say I've never seen one on the road. So pretty unique down here.

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Welcom Blunko! Did Honda make a 2017 F6C? Tell me more about this. Give us some details and photos when you can. You're not likely to encounter many of these, if any, near you. Far as I know, I'm the only one in my town (never seen another one, and neither has my Honda dealer in its shop).


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Hi Britman, looking sharp!!
I use postimage for all forums, free and easy with zero learning curve. I can post your pictures from the VRCC if you'd like. Just let me know. I will be riding today with another 2014 blue. I'll check back here tonight. If you nee assistance with postimage let me know, I can call you and walk you through it.
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Just been out on the bike again. Getting to love this thing alright, however, I'm noticing some drone start to creep in around 3000rpm and upwards.
After reading on here about the muffler options, I decided to take a look at mine.

Should they look like this? Or have they been tampered with?
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Just been out on the bike again. Getting to love this thing alright, however, I'm noticing some drone start to creep in around 3000rpm and upwards.
After reading on here about the muffler options, I decided to take a look at mine.

Welcome, Blunko! Should they look like this? Or have they been tampered with?
Only 1 of the 3, the bottom one should be open. There is plenty of discussion, some on this site, of people drilling holes of different sizes in the other two, "so it doesn't sound like a sewing machine."

These bikes were only manufactured in 2014 and 2015, as indicated by an either an 'E' or an 'F' in the serial number, for a total run of only about 3,000, most in 2014. Some countries other than the US also have a stamped date that some speculate is an export or import date. Here's more about the meaning of your serial number, found on the left side in front of the tank if you turn the handlebars to the right:

VIN# JH2SC68N1EK000658 (SEQUENCE NUMBER IS 0658)
J – JAPAN
H – HONDA
2 – 2 WHEELED VEHICLE
SC68N = GL1800C SC68U = ABS?
1 – CHECK DIGIT
E – 2014
K –PLANT = KUMAMOTO, JAPAN (M = HAMAMATASU) (S=SUZUKA)
000658 SERIAL NUMBER FOR THAT YEAR


The highest reported number on multiple discussion sites, so far, is EK001850 for 2014, and FK000228 for 2015.

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Many thanks for the info.

I guess that explains the terrible drone on the freeway I'm getting.

I wonder if I could simply get the top two holes re welded?

Here's what I've got serial number wise JH2SC68U3FK300131
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I should think that would be a pretty easy and inexpensive procedure to reweld the holes. On the subject of the exhaust, I read a review yesterday that stated the left side exhaust volume is a half liter greater than the right. It said Honda tested more than 10 different systems before settling on the sound of the one all of our bikes came with. I wonder why they made the two sides of different sizes. Why not make them both an average of the two?

Wish we had access to all the engineers of this bike to ask their input on so many things. Like those two little bandaid things on both exhaust tips, for one.

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Many thanks for the info.

I guess that explains the terrible drone on the freeway I'm getting.

I wonder if I could simply get the top two holes re welded?

Here's what I've got serial number wise JH2SC68U3FK300131
I have a friend who bought one all botched up, sound and drone was horrible. He used JB Weld and fastened metal rounds over the drilled holes. He painted flat black before the install. You can't even tell if you look. Easy peasy.
He's going to re-drill the proper way, drilling 1/2" holes only thru first layer. I'm waiting to see his results before I destroy my expensive pipes. I am one of the rare ones who like the sound of stock (on this bike) I had pipes torque loops ordered. Also was planning on a Guhl re-flash. I cancelled the order after I fell in love with the bike, the sound, the performance. This will be the first motorcycle I leave completely stock. Mother Honda did a nice job on this. I also like the fact that it was built in Japan.
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[QUOTE=Sixshooter;89787]... I am one of the rare ones who like the sound of stock (on this bike) I had pipes torque loops ordered. ...I cancelled the order after I fell in love with the bike, the sound, the performance. This will be the first motorcycle I leave completely stock. Mother Honda did a nice job on this.

As one who doesn't want to wear ear plugs anymore, I too like the sound as it is. Mine has 25,000 miles and seems, as some had said it would, to have gotten a little louder as the pipes were used a bit, especially on deceleration. I put Cobra pipes and jetted the carbs on my last bike, a Honda Magna, made it noticeably faster on the top end, but gas mileage took a bit hit (and range was already painfully limited) and the noise level on trips was just a nuisance.

If you might eventually drill 1/2" holes, then you might consider JB Welding washers into the now too-large holes to get a similar result, instead of sealing them and then drilling. Mine will remain stock.

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I too like the stock exhaust sound. It belies, and also hints at, the monster within. And who am I to think I can improve on a Honda engineer's design? I like quiet. I don't want to annoy neighbors or those I pass. While I don't want a completely silent bike (some noise is important to let you know the bike is running, and running properly), I don't want more than necessary. I think the Honda technicians tuned this one just right. There's enough noise on the road without me adding to it. In this case, I resort to the old mantra of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".


Now, I will say, I've seen some videos on YouTube of guys who have modified their exhaust so the pipe is about a foot shorter, and doesn't extend quite so far back. I think this looks awesome. I'm not certain what they did to achieve that, and I'll never do it to mine, but the look is really good.



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