Well, I'll address a few replies:
First, a TRE has no effect - except maybe in top gear at speeds that are dangerous. I couldn't care less about hyper speeds.
In normal traffic it's not really possible to always run above 3,000 rpm. I'd be in 1st gear too much, and the bike is a bitch to ride smoothly in that gear. In 2nd I'd be going too fast. Who the hell wants to run in 1st gear in traffic all the time? Why should I have to worry about it?
When I first got my VStrom I was giving the same advice - just keep it above 3,000. This is not a problem out on the open road but in traffic it IS a problem, and a big one. I have to work to keep it from sputtering, bucking, etc. With my carbed bikes I can putt putt along in any gear I want with super smoothness and very little work and I like that.
My bike is a Euro 2007 model and it has the O2 sensor, cats, etc. so perhaps a PCV would be the best solution. Cost a bit but would it give me the smoothness that I want?
Face it, I've got two other sweet and smooth running bikes out front...
Oh one more thing - I won't ever stop supporting VStrom products, needs, and the community, no worries there, even if I do sell the VStrom.
A few more points about the VStrom - it's a bit trickier to ride on some of the twisties around here. There's often gravel etc and coming off a corner I have to be really careful with the VStrom's throttle. Even then I've stepped out the rear wheel way too many times. Don't get me wrong I love big power at times, but the reality is these roads I like to ride aren't suited to big power. I can crank my 58 HP Africa Twin around these twisties way, way faster than the VStrom without fear of the rear braking loose hammering it off a corner.
So what do I do with the VStrom even with a PCV? It would certainly be the best for any kind of real touring because the VFR doesn't do bags well and the lean over ergos would be a pain after a long day in the saddle.
I can afford to keep the VStrom even if I don't use it much but it hurts me to see a bike sit for long. It needs new tires, so adding a PCV and new tires would cost me about $1000 to keep it.
I hope there are some people out there reading this who are wondering whether to get the Vee or the Wee. I never thought I'd say this but I should have got the Wee. There, I said it.
Before I make any decisions I'd really like to know, truthfully, will a PCV make my bike super smooth at all revs? I don't care if it adds a couple HP, or whatever else it does like reduce mileage, I need to know if it will make the DL1000 an easy to live with bike in traffic.
Jim Davis, Owner, Eastern Beaver Company:
- Motorcycle Electrics: 2007 DL1000 with 16/43 gearing, Superbrace, Tokico 4 Pot fronts, BackoffXP, H4 Dual Relay Kit, PC-8 Fusepanel, 2 Powerlet Sockets, Suzuki Centerstand - 1988 Africa Twin 650, 1990 VFR 750.