Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Prince George BC Canada
My spring 950T upgrades review
So up here in the great white north and 3 days of riding (snow still on my front lawn) I have a good impression of the items I put on waiting for riding season.
1) Michelin Commander 2 front tire to match the rear I put on late last summer. A+, it just works so nice you forget that tires matter. It just works. I will state that there was a huge difference in handling with the new rear, more noticeable than the front change.
2) Ivan's tune, set up for my K&N with modified airbox, cobra 2 into 1, and cobra Fi2000R O2 (now set to 0,0,1 and 02 disconnected). Does what it says, flawless operation. Now revs out higher and stronger, acceleration through the gears faster, top speed likely 5 kph higher (with a 4" higher than stock windshield). It definitely reaches 150 kph faster than using just the Cobra fuel processor to tune for the bolt on parts. For the reduction of vibration claim I can't quantify a true measurement as last fall was the last time I rode it, and the difference is there but small enough with such a long time between rides any statement would be hard to back up. It's still a v-twin and 120 kph and above will buzz your feet and hands if ridden any distance. 110 kph for 10 hours no problem.
3) Mustang seat, + drivers backrest and passenger seat : This adds to the 10 hour ride possibility. Far better than stock. Sitting higher and forward than stock, I get a little better leg position that seems easier on my hip joints. Previously my knees were higher than my hips, now more square, more standard riding position. Backrest is a game changer for me, mid fifties and previous broken back and neck.
4) Helmet HJC IS-17: This is a huge improvement over my Bell Revolver Evo modular. The visors are better in every way, optically, sealing to helmet, sun visor clarity. Sound is WAY quieter. Aerodynamics - I have struggled with head buffering and tried so many variations of windshield, lowers, etc and never got completely cured.
New helmet was the cure, 100 percent. It slides through the air facing forward, looking sideways with no drag, buffeting, extra wind noise. Total contrast to the big wide Bell modular. Aerodynamics far superior. Ventilation perhaps a touch better too. It is lighter and the fit and comfort of the interior is exponentially better.
I've pretty much done everything I will to this bike, it's a keeper for a few years at least. I will post a picture later showing the spring upgrades.