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post #1 of 25 Old 10-01-2017, 04:08 AM Thread Starter
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With a budget of ~$1000 to $1500, what performance and ride quality improvements would give me the most for the money on a 2004 V-storm 1000?
ECU, exhaust, air filter, fork springs??
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post #2 of 25 Old 10-01-2017, 05:48 AM
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We are all different but for me it was the seat, loved the seat on my Wee hated the V2 seat.

Next would be my Givi Airflow screen and I never thought I would say that until I tried one, they do work & work well.

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Do you have good riding gear? That can eat your money up pretty quickly.
Do you have issues with wind buffeting? Windshield and mirrors.
I would probably go into the suspension next, forks and shock.
Exhaust and air filter would be quite a way down the list. You will spend good money for not much difference in performance.

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In addition to what Willie wrote, fueling can be a problem on Vees. Careful attention to TPS settings and throttle body synching can help but some individual bikes really need something like a Power Commander to richen the lower rpm range a bit. If you do long distance touring, a seat change may be something to consider.

Changing the exhaust and air filter will probably make the lean fueling issue even worse.

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Thanks for the feedback.
I'm thinking of installing the Power Commander and have the bike dyno-tuned. Is this worth it with stock exhaust? I've done it in the past on a Z750 and it made a HUGE difference: so much more throttle response and flatter torque curve.
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Having it dyno tuned is probably an unnecessary expense but plenty of riders are happier using a Power Commander. There are a number of posts here which involve working PC fuel maps.
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Brakes and suspension, really good gear.......that is money well spent and the most bang for the buck. Get a sport bike as a second scoot if you want real world performance.......my 2 cents.
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If you just bought an 04 dl1000, forget about "performance and ride quality"; you're going to want to assess the condition of the "reliability" parts: rotor magnets, stator, regulator, clutch basket, chain/sprockets, cush rubbers, tires. Replacing all of those will cost you nearly $1000...and you most likely *will* replace all of them sooner than later. Performance or ride quality gains will mean squat when you're stranded.

A volt meter, a speedo-healer, and the rear-wheel spacer would be maybe next on the list.

Then riding gear. Then suspension.

And then, as BigB says, a GSXR1000 for actual performance. :-) (And of course all the reliability parts for that bike. And gear. And suspension. And motor work. And...and...)

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With a budget of ~$1000 to $1500, what performance and ride quality improvements would give me the most for the money on a 2004 V-storm 1000?
ECU, exhaust, air filter, fork springs??

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Race Tec Springs Front & Rear: Race Tech Suspension
or Wilbers Shock or EPM Shock/springs, see Klaus: High Performance Motorcycle Suspension Sales and Service from EPM Performance Imports

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Considering most folks aren't out riding the capabilities of any 1000cc motor out there I would start with making sure it's all in top working order then look into comfort items. Like Willie said: gear, suspension, windscreen, grips, seat,etc. If you want performance and noise that a PC and exhaust can give you, we'll you bought the wrong bike. I'd recommend a GSXR750 myself
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