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post #1 of 8 Old 02-25-2005, 07:27 AM Thread Starter
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First performance Mod. ????

Have a stock bike. What mod will give me the most bang for the buck?

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post #2 of 8 Old 02-25-2005, 09:14 AM
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I'd go for new pipes. I would say PowerCommander, but I don't think you'd get all the benefits unless the puppy breaths first.
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-25-2005, 12:03 PM
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Power boost

:lol: Hi m8

i fitted a power commander to my DL1000 and had it set up by a Dynocentre standard bike as measured on the Dyno is max 89.44 Bhp.
max torque is 63.34 With power commander fitted this goes to
92.46Bhp and 67.03 torque these figures are with standard cans and filter but the whole bike runs a lot smoother and gets rid of that horrible clitch around the 3000rpm mark also improves petrol consumption. i will change cans at a later date because the standard ones are rotting away with the road salt we have in the UK.

post #4 of 8 Old 03-21-2005, 04:00 AM
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My vote is for Progressive Suspension fork springs and 15w synthetic fork oil. The difference this $150 mod makes in the 'Strom's handling is nothing short of jaw dropping.

More power is great but will do you little good if you don't have excellent control. Stiffen up the front end a bit with Progressive springs and thicker fork oil and you'll swear you're riding an oddly comfortable superbike that can barrel into corners and handle rough pavement without a hiccup, yet ride silky smooth on the highway with far less jarring and jolting on poor surfaces.

I'll take tremendously improved handling and control over a few extra horses, anyday. The added comfort on the highway is yummy frosting on the proverbial cake.

Then again, if you don't believe you'll ever hit the brakes hard and have little interest in carving into corners with confidence and composure, get the cans and the Power Commander.

My three cents...
post #5 of 8 Old 03-21-2005, 02:54 PM
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I don't really care about increasing performance for the DL1000 since Suzuki did a lot to detune the engine and broaden the power band. Apparently the bike I bought ran rough without the Power Commander but it runs smooth now so that would be the only thing that would seem worthwhile to me. The fork springs and oil is a good idea. That was also done to my bike before I bought it and the handling is pretty good-that coming from someone who also rides an RC51 with full Ohlins. I did a number of engine mods to my RC51 and got about 10 more hp out of it but I ride it on the track and push the engine for all its worth so it was well worth it. Aftermarket pipes for the Strom would save some weight but hp gains are not huge and , for me, not needed. I changed from Trailwings to BT-020s for better street performance and added a GPS and some heated grips. That's about all I plan to do.
post #6 of 8 Old 03-23-2005, 04:41 AM
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I put 2 brothers pipes, k&n air filter, and a power commander on my '03 1000 and love the way it performs and sounds. I plan to take the suspension advice as soon as possible. thanks.
post #7 of 8 Old 03-25-2005, 09:10 AM
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post #8 of 8 Old 03-26-2005, 04:04 AM
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Let's hear it for louder horns!

I confess I installed a pair of high and lo tone Fiamm Freeway Blaster horns on my 'Strom. Now, when I blow my horn, the other driver has to stop and change their underwear. Of course, the first time I blew it, I nearly had to do the same.
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