MCN bought a new Aprilia Tuono in as part of a group test recently; it’s tiny, but packs a walloping 154bhp punch out of its V4 engine. The Ducati Streetfighter, in comparison made 146bhp, the Triumph Speed Triple put out 123bhp and the MV Brutale 1090 126bhp. The Tuono’s fully loaded with traction control and [...]
The new model year bikes are filtering through the workshop now and a few weeks ago BIKE magazine bought the new Triumph Tiger 800 in for a quick Dyno run. It was the road-biased bike, not the XC, and the power and torque curve are quite something; linear, no lumps bumps or dips anywhere. And we mean [...]
Strapped on our Dyno a few weeks ago, bought to us by those nice chaps at BIKE magazine was the new Kawasaki Z1000SX; the jury seemed out on the way it looks as it’s basically a Z1000 with a slightly bulbous fairing and lowers attached… which is either totally useless on a streetfighter-type tool or [...]
2010 Triumph Sprint ECU Reprogram
The issues with this bike mainly concern power and power delivery off the bottom especially two-up. It’s been back to the dealer and had the latest factory tune, but the owner wants a little more. First job? Isolate the Lambda sensor and cap off the emissions unit. The bike was then put on the Dyno and we reprogrammed the stock ECU; fuelling at the bottom end has been richened up, taking away the ‘hunting’ snatchiness. Fuelling all the way through the rev range has been optimized and the ignition curve trimmed.
2009 Yamaha R1 Road to Race
To upgrade to race spec we’ve fitted an Öhlins rear shock and MCT have modded the front forks. The engine’s been out and we’ve adjusted the cam timing, ported and skimmed the cylinder head and we’re fitting a set of BSD Performance adjustable bellmouths. It’s also having a YEC race loom and ECU, plus quickshifter.