If you're talking engine performance, there's no free ride. And the results are limited by the breathing ability of the head and small injectors. I like the 4 degree ignition advance mod. You get a quicker throttle and better fuel mileage to boot. High compression pistons are about $600 plus installation. Probably good for a few HP. Not a lot. I've tried most of the stuff and in total it's a nice boost at a cost of a couple grand.
Arrow complete race exhaust from Rick at AdventureTech along with a PCFC. Lose weight and gain horsepower. This is how the bike should come from the factory. Also Michelin Pilot Road 4's....the best tires IMO.
True...I have said it before I have no interest in taking my 500lb street bike off road other than forest service roads and the Michelins handle those just fine. I have a 2 stroke dirt bike for off road.
I just purchased a 2015 DL1000 AA, and would like to do some performance upgrades; what do y'all suggest, and what's the best bang for the buck?
What aspect of performance do you want to upgrade?
Acceleration? If so changing to a smaller front sprocket is by far the most cost effective and noticeable improvement.
The motor is in a very good state of tune stock. Yea you can get a bit more out of it by changing out the exhaust and re-mapping the ignition. The cost per improvement ratio is high though. Typically you'll get a few more horsepower and ft. of torque. Kind of the "yea I think it pulls a bit harder in the mid-range" now after I spent a thousand bucks on it!
Go to a smaller front sprocket though and you'll be saying "man it pulls harder everywhere!". $20 well spent!