Join Date: May 2016
Location: Newark, Delaware
I had Steve In Sunny FL/Shoodaben Engineering work his magic on my US-spec 2015's ECU. The process was smooth as butter and a super-quick turn-around. Steve provides written and video instructions. Took the bike out for a shake-down ride over the weekend. Did about 150 miles at around 24F and I won't say I give it a 100% workout as I stayed off some of the more technical roads due to patchy ice; however, I did enough to realize the bike is transformed. I could echo much of what others have already said above, but generally, know that THIS is how the engine should've been tuned from the factory. I was doing smooth 6th gear roll-ons from RPMs that would have had the bike bucking and protesting with the old ECU programming. Blip down-shifts are now much, much easier. I feel more torque at earlier RPMs, and the lumpiness of the power band is smoothed out quite a bit. I don't know if the bike is now "faster" but it sure feels "quicker" corner-to-corner. The biggest difference for me is the elimination of the fuel cut-off on trailing throttle, so now it has a buttery smooth transition. Having a smooth throttle response is very important to be as I ride year-round and have to deal with wet and sloppy roads. If Steve's re-flash did nothing more than eliminate that "dropped the anchor" feeling when rolling off the throttle, it would be worth the price. Steve advises setting throttle slack to 2mm and idle to factory specs. I always keep the throttle slack to bare minimum on my bikes (factory settings are ridiculous IMHO); I did need to bump up the idle speed a smidgen after re-installing the ECU, which I did prior to my ride. Too soon to determine if MPG is effected one way or the other, but I suspect it will go up as it's no longer necessary to flog the engine as much to get the same velocity. Even if it goes down by 5 MPG, the re-flashing will still be worth it by a long shot. Extremely happy with this mod.
2015 Versys 650 ABS
AMA, MSTA, Retreads
Nat'l Cycle "Sport-Touring" screen; Givi hand guards; BMW Sport Grips; Omni-Cruise throttle lock; Motowerk mirror extenders, side stand foot & highway pegs; Denali Mini Soundbomb horn; SW-Motech top rack, Quick-Lock Evo side racks, wide foot pegs & GPS shelf; Givi E-22 side cases & V-47 top case; RKA 13L Shiloh Road tank bag; Hyper-Lites; Sargent seat; Shoodaben ECU reflash; decalectomy.