Road Bikes

Honda CB1300 16,000 mile service

Posted March 19th, 2012 in Honda, Road Bikes, Servicing.

A 16,000 mile service – according to the official Honda schedule – doesn’t really comprise of much, basically valve clearances. But we take a slightly different view, and went through this CB1300 from stem to stern. All the fluids were changed (brake fluid does lose its performance after a few years, and although slight is […]

Honda VTR1000 upright handlebar fitment

Posted March 9th, 2012 in Honda, Road Bikes.

It’s not all engine tuning and ECU remapping here – sometimes it’s the simple things that customer’s need doing to their bikes that can make all the difference to their riding enjoyment. This Honda VTR1000 is a case in point; the chap who owns it has been a customer of ours for several years and […]

Honda CB1000R Power Commander PC V and 02 Eliminator Kit fit and Dyno set-up

Posted February 7th, 2012 in Honda, Power Commander, Road Bikes.

A bit of a rare beast around these parts (although we have seen a couple); a Honda CB1000R. The stock fuelling, with the standard exhaust can fitted, is quite good to be honest. But unfortunately when you bin the stock can and add an aftermarket item the fuelling goes well awry… It’s not bad at […]

2006 Honda CBR1000RR FireBlade Power Commander PC V & 02 Eliminator set-up

Posted December 9th, 2011 in ECU Remap, Honda, Road Bikes.

The owner of this 2006 Honda CBR1000RR bought it in for mapping and set-up. It had been fitted with a Power Commander PC V (by his brother), but no 02 Sensor, which you really need. Luckily, we had one on the shelf. First thing to do on a Blade like this is to disconnect the […]

2005 Kawasaki ZX-12R valve clearance check

Posted December 7th, 2011 in Kawasaki, Road Bikes, Workshop Tips.

Valves – why should you worry about ‘em…? Well, if you own a bike less than five or so years old you can bother a little less, because materials are so much better, tougher now than they were even just a short time ago (which is why service intervals have generally grown) but bikes like […]

Triumph Street Triple ECU remap to match open can

Posted December 5th, 2011 in ECU Remap, Road Bikes, Triumph.

This Triumph Street Triple, fitted with a stubby A16 exhaust can, came in for a full ECU remap to get the fuelling to match the can. Looking at it we were a little concerned about the efficiency of the baffle – it looked very much like a Christmas tree – but in this case it […]

2010 BMW S1000RR ECU remap

Posted December 2nd, 2011 in BMW, ECU Remap, Road Bikes.

A BMW S1000RR, fitted with a full Leo Vince exhaust system, bought in for an ECU remap by its owner for various reasons; apparently there are warranty issues with dealer downloads and the Power Commander route covers up some of the cracks without fully sorting all of the issues. With the full system onboard the […]

2011 KTM SMT990/Akrapovic cans full ECU remap

Posted November 21st, 2011 in ECU Remap, KTM, Road Bikes.

This 2011 KTM SMT 990 came in for an ECU remap as it had left the dealer – just fitted with Akrapovic pipes. It hadn’t had the Akra’ reflash, so was essentially running a stock map with open cans. It felt awful to ride – the engine quite simply didn’t know where it was in […]

KTM 990 Adventure 12,000 mile service and ECU remap

Posted November 14th, 2011 in ECU Remap, KTM, Road Bikes.

Every single KTM we get in for ECU remapping we ride as they come in – it’s important to do this because we get a much better feel for what’s wrong, it also helps pinpoint what the bike’s owner is unhappy with. This 990 Adventure was no different but first its owner, Mike, wanted a […]

Supercharged Suzuki GSX-R1000 sort out!

Posted November 11th, 2011 in Rare Groove, Road Bikes, Suzuki.

We built the engine on this bike originally, way back when before its then owner fitted the supercharger. We hadn’t seen it for a long while, and the last time we did it went on the Dyno (200-odd bhp if you’re interested, with a very linear power curve…) and was sent it away with a […]