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post #1 of 15 Old 08-04-2018, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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Hi all! I am an FNG here, but glad to be. Let's jump in: I have a '16 Wee with a new K&N air filter and Akrapovic slip-on...noticed a little 'boggy' on acceleration from low end since new additions. Considering a Power Commander V. Any thoughts from anyone who knows??? Thanx!
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post #2 of 15 Old 08-04-2018, 08:29 AM
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If you are looking for more performance your are going to be disappointed. There really isn't a lot to be gained on the DL650 from an exhaust and air filter. Sure you may gain a few more peak HP but at the sacrifice of what you are now experiencing. Bog or loss of HP in the ranges you use it most.
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Might consider going down a tooth on the front sprocket or going up a few on the rear to help with the giddeup on the low end, but as PerazziMx14 eludes to, this really isn't a performance bike.
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In your configuration, a PC5 will improve the overall engine operation but you should not expect a pure performance gain.
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post #5 of 15 Old 08-04-2018, 11:32 AM
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I'd talk to Holeshot and see what they recommend. He knows the bikes very well and will get you sorted out.
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"noticed a little 'boggy' on acceleration from low end since new additions."
As Homer Simpson says...Doh! It wasn't designed to work with other than what the factory gave you.

It's kinda like, "I just tuned up my bike and now it runs like sh-t"
We all wish we could find satisfaction in making changes. Best thing I've done to mine was paint it tan. Now it's safer from thieves.
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It's funny how it used to be that when you upgraded just about any motorcycle with a K&N air filter
and some sort of exhaust header, slip on ,straight pipe, or hack job the operator always thought
louder meant it was going faster. In fact is was probably going slower but more fun to hear that it was louder.
That cool factor made us think it was also faster. or Man it runs better now.

Most new motorcycles with fuel injection and a computer are already tweaked pretty good from the factory.
To meet the anti pollution control figures they must be really lean at idle. Upsetting these parameters
can cause the entire tune to be compromised. And then performance suffers. And these parts that were added
are not cheap, Then throw in the Power commander and you have $1000 tied up in stuff that maybe gets you
back to just a little better than stock. Don't fall victim to this trap.
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As a side note I used to have a 2000 model SV 650 and it was not fuel injected. The carbs were very lean at low rpm
So much so that if the air filter in the air box was not properly sealed all the way around it would pop and sputter.
I finally got tired of that and pulled the carbs rejetted them with slightly bigger pilot jets and bumped the mains up to 44.
I also purchased the K&N air filter and the Delkevic slip on muffler. To say the least it was like a beast unleashed.
And it ran super good. Like a raped ape on steroids. For an SV 650 it was very fast. A guy bought it from me to
do tracks days on the weekends he was off.

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I did a thread on performance mods with my 2012 650. Now it's a 677cc with JE pistons, Gladius cams, Bazzaz fuel controller, Akra slip on. DL1000 snorkel and intake boots.

It's not cheap either. It costs $$$ to go fast.

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Everything from the intake snorkel to the tip of the exhaust was designed as as system. Usually doesn't work out well when changing one or two parts of the whole.
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