Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: California Gold Country
Well, the 25hp increase obviously doesn't apply to any V-Strom ever made, but by stretching credulity until it creaks it MIGHT apply to a B-King, 'Busa or other high-hp bike. However, if you look at the dyno chart you can see that the test engine signs off at about 6K rpm, so I can't imagine what kind of motorcycle that is. But, hey, can you name a product of any type that isn't overhyped by the manufacturer?
However the claim that it richens the mixture, IF VALID, makes it a useful device because it's a pretty well-established fact that all bikes come from the factory tuned lean because of EPA requirements. I have seen reports of lean surging on this very forum, in fact, Wees as well as Vees.
And the Hungary part is not necessarily a cause for concern. This outfit has a lot of positive feedback since '02 so they are not just taking the money and running. My assumption with regard to the Hungary connection is that this company has stolen somebody else's technology (Power Commander?) and is fabricating the devices in a sweatshop over there to keep costs down and avoid patent infringement liability here.
I'm certainly not shilling for this company, because for all I know the device is just a couple of wires soldered to an empty box (a placebo for your bike!) but it would be nice to know if it is worth doing. God knows it's cheap enough.