Now this Beemer maybe (slightly) odd-looking but it’s great to ride. As with a lot of these things you take a big, powerful engine, adjust the cam timing to move the power down the range, dial in a little less compression and suddenly you have a lovely, flexible motor. Which is actually very useful on the road.
So that’s what we have here. The owner didn’t want an ECU remap – his view was that if he wanted to part-ex the bike he could easily put it back to stock – and wanted a Power Commander. He commutes a lot around London and we’ve seen him many times over the years, so were happy to do as he wished.
Stock, the bike’s not too bad as a detuned S1000RR motor is actually a nice thing to control! But the emissions rubbish still interferes, so we blanked off the secondary air and eliminated the lambdas. While not as good as doing it through the ECU our tricks did the job; the bike rode beautifully after the work.