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Lightbulb Of all the models, what has been the performance modification for the money?

What has been the best bang for the buck?


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Proper tires must be close to the top.
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What has been the best bang for the buck?

"Performance" needs a little defining. I've seen people put knobbies on these things. Surely that improves the "performance" on unpaved roads dramatically. High quality suspension bits will likely improve performance on twisty roads too. I take it you mean what gives the most perceived power difference? I haven't seen anyone post about dynoing these bikes. I have to assume it's all metered by butt. Not too unusual for sport oriented bike types. Most do little more to them than add a pipe for noise or looks. Cruiser guys get off on engine mod stuff. They'll drop the cost of a Versys on some engine mods to get an impressive graph to show off then putt around on them as if they were riding on ice.

I can tell you that I have a V1K that has two power modes. One "full power" and one "low power." Except for the lousy on/off throttle response of the full power mode, I doubt I'd know which I was in if I didn't look. The full power mode is supposed to have about a 20% top end power advantage. I don't doubt that it does, but it isn't something I notice much on regular rides. I switch it to FPM if I'm on roads where passing power is a priority.

I guess my biggest "Performance" mod would be removing the bags and the center stand. Dropping weight gives the same result as increasing the engine's power output. And my mods were free!
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Baldwin Cafe' Seat. Worth every penny.

Also like my Givi wind screen and Motowerks highway pegs. But the Baldwin seat is the bizzzzz.
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"Performance mod" limits the responses to some degree. In that context, I'd have to say stickier tires would inspire more confidence in the corners.
If you want to expand the field to "any" mod, I'd have to say (for me) lowering the bike made it perfect... Not only for mounting and paddling backwards, but feeling more planted in the corners, and giving it (IMHO) more flickability in general. Second best mod, for me, is the seat (I put a Sargent on it). Comfort on the bike can determine whether you love or hate your ride, and the Sargent makes a world of difference.

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Rider weight loss - by far the best bang for the buck.

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Rider weight loss - by far the best bang for the buck.
I wish this forum had a 'like' feature, because most of us could stand to lose 20 lbs or more.

I do laugh when overweight guys are stripping parts and replacing other parts with lighter versions while they dunlap over the gas tank. LOL!
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dunlap over the gas tank. LOL!
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Big, wide aluminum panniers. Serves to remind me to slow down, and reminds me what I bought the bike for, (touring) and that I am not 19 anymore.
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" Cruisers... ...They'll drop the cost of a Versys on some engine mods to get an impressive graph to show off then putt around on them as if they were riding on ice. ...

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+1 This made my day! I see this all the time.
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For performance I like Cialis.
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/2012431...lpid=82&chn=ps

Cramp buster baby, best mod I have ever done. Got it on the SV years ago, and I swear I'll never own a bike without one again. I find it gives me better throttle control, and the difference in comfort is astounding. For $15 you can't beat the price.

Edit: Oh! And an Alaska Leather seat pad: http://alaskaleather.com/collections/sheepskin-buttpads
Got me through several 1000+ mile trips on the SV, on the Versys I think I could spend the rest of my life on the seat with this thing on it. Cheap, comfortable, and that special kind of utilitarian ugly that I love.

As far as go fast parts are concerned, I've never felt like my abilities were above the limits of the bike, so I haven't put much thought into it. The general rule of thumb I have followed on cars though is to open up the breathing as much as possible. Intake, exhaust etc... Even then you are going to spend a ton of money for really minor gains. For the money I would rather take a vacation and just ride the thing. Or suspension, obviously. Again, you are going to spend a pretty penny, but the benefits are much more apparent than a few extra ponies.

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What has been the best bang for the buck?

For horsepower or torque gain, the Yoshi TRC-D muffler will give you a 15% power increase in the 4500 to 6500 rpm range. And it is much lighter than stock. I paid $ 383, free shipping, Amazon.com.

Here's a thread for more details http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ighlight=TRC-d

I have one, it works great!
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I gained four horsepower by adding grab-on grip covers and one of those stick-on tank protectors.

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Stickers !!!!

Every 17 year old knows stickers add HP!
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Best bang for the buck GASOLINE in the tank
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Rider weight loss - by far the best bang for the buck.
True dat! Lost 15 lbs and now I didn't have to buy a tank protector to keep the "dunlap" off the tank. Taking off the badges and reflectors I'm sure gave me another huge horsepower increase.

I spent most of my money on bikes, booze and broads. The rest I wasted.

I'd like to have a bad day, just to see what it feels like.
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A series type regulator rectifier to replace stock shunt type R/R... It reduces drag at the generator as it then produces only required power. Stator runs cooler and longer, while performance and fuel efficiency is increased.
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