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post #1 of 34 Old 06-04-2012, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Curious about squeaking a few extra HP from the bike

So I have been perusing this section of the forum, and read about many of the possibilities... There seem to be many. First let me tell you my situation and expectations, hopefully this will help with the suggestions.

I live at high altitude, in a very windy place. The highway speed limit is 75 mph. I often find myself, having downshifted with the throttle wide open and the bike not going anywhere possibly even losing speed. I recently replaced the plugs which were somewhat dark leads me to believe the bike is running rich. Not 100% sure if it is affecting the performance though.

That being said, I am hoping to get a few more HP a 5k rpm and up. I am not trying or wanting to turn the bike into a sport bike. Just get some more juice for the highway. I am envious of all of you living at sea level, the motor is incredible down there. Its just up here the wee struggles, sometimes even to go 65mph depending on the elevation and the wind.

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I've ridden the Wee from 200 feet below sea level to 10,000+ feet, two up, and there was always ample power. I'd rather throw money at the suspension than try to get more HP.

If it's truly not fast enough for you, your best option would be to sell it and buy a Vee. You're not going to extract enough extra power to make it worth your while.

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I've ridden the Wee from 200 feet below sea level to 10,000+ feet, two up, and there was always ample power. I'd rather throw money at the suspension than try to get more HP.

If it's truly not fast enough for you, your best option would be to sell it and buy a Vee. You're not going to extract enough extra power to make it worth your while.

Its not that the bike is not fast enough. It is just I don't like having max throttle in 5th gear and slowing down below the speed limit. Please help me get the power the wee should have then.

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Its not that the bike is not fast enough. It is just I don't like having max throttle in 5th gear and slowing down below the speed limit. Please help me get the power the wee should have then.
As you know, you lose a few HP for every 1000 feet. Nothing you can do about that ...

More displacement or a turbo charger. That's about it ...

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As you know, you lose a few HP for every 1000 feet. Nothing you can do about that ...

More displacement or a turbo charger. That's about it ...
I guess, but I started this topic because other members suggest not having this problem 2 up at high elevation, so I figured I would have no problems by myself. However I have even had this problem riding by myself, but it requires a headwind. I like the vstrom and want to enjoy it and keep it, but either mine is not running like it should or something.

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I would go through everything on the bike and make sure there are no vacuum leaks, check air filter, throttle plate position, fuel filter, carb//injectors. you could also change the gearing but you lose torque in the process.

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Have you considered a complete tune up? sometimes small stuff like air filter and plugs can make a big difference.
I found that mine has loose adhesive on the grips and they rotate around as I ride. Especially with the Oxfods keeping my hands warm. When I feel like I'm loosing headway I roll the throttle off against the resistance and when I rotate the grip for acceleration the I have more power. I've been to lazy to pop them off and re-glue them. There are threads about good adhesives here I haven't made use of yet.
I noticed some folks seem to have some wired wrapped around their grips. That might help loose grips not gripping.
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Maybe a smaller windshield (i.e. shorty sport version) would help with aerodynamics??? Get an Akro exhaust and loose 12 lbs from the stock muffler........ditch the buddy pegs and loose another 5 lbs.........go on a diet and loose 10 lbs yerself.........fill your tires with Helium........:biggrinjester:
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Ted,
Were your previous bikes used at the same elevations?
Did they suffer similar issues?



If not, you MAY be suffering from a fuel flow issue likely caused by a fuel filter that is getting plugged.



Do a search on the forum for fuel flow test using the Google search and see if that makes any sense.

Another thought: Is your air filter clean?

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