& Flapper Removal Test Drive
Last night I had the opportunity to test drive a new map, full hindle exhaust and the air box flapper removal on my 929. I read tons about the mods, and finally had a chance to experience (and hear!) it personally!
With the stock exhaust and hindle exhaust side by side, picking up one and then the other, you can not believe the weight difference! 10lbs I think. The hindle is mostly put together with springs. All very light weight, even the can.
Let's start off with the flapper removal. What is that plastic paddle for anyway? I'm sure there is a good reason behind Honda and all these cables, plastic wigits, and a 10 pound steel valve system, but this is a sport bike, not your neighborhood-friendly econo box! REMOVED!
With the flapper removed, you get this sound similar to the Suzuki's RAM air setup, but better and tighter. It's this kick ass 'growling' sound, and it gets louder under heavy engine load. This 'growl' is just the sauce the bike needs to what really happened below the bike.
The personality on 929 has changed so much now I have a new opinion to getting a steer dampener to level 'imminent'. Outside 1st and 2nd gear, my bike was pretty tame before.
'Holy sh*t' and few giggles kept echoing in my helmet the first 10 mins on the test drive. With a few acceleration spurts up to 70 mph in 2nd and 3rd, hitting a few corners, I noticed I had more power right away. First thing I noticed, besides the harmony between the air box and hindle, was that the bike was squatting its suspension and releasing forcefully in corners when I rapidly let go of the throttle, slightly push me forward toward the handle bars.
What has someone done to my other 929?
After a few 45mph roads, I finally entered a highway, lined the bike down the road, ducked my head, slammed the throttle, hugged the tank tighter with my knees as a slid back a few inches away from the tank, redline, click 3rd - 9k RPM and going up..... At this point, keeping the front end down was kind of like holding a balloon filled with helium under your hand. All you have to do it lose concentration for a few seconds balancing it under your hand and the balloon will find it's way past and to the ceiling. Fun!
I don't have any dyno numbers to prove anything, but I can tell you I put 20k miles on my blade the last few years, many road conditions, and I know my bike. Now what sits in the garage today, is a lighter, more powerful, more wild version of the 929 for very little investment. Where are those GSXR 1000s?
owners, you know what I'm talking about.
I hope this little story helped your opinion on whether or not to get the PCIII
and Hindle combo for the Fireblade. Past my 520 conversion, my 15t front / 44t rear, and PCIII
, the hindle with the new map is by far the most effective upgrade I have experienced! Thank you OldGoat for the exhaust!
Have a nice day Ladies and Gentleman!
Update: Booth's Hindle map was uploaded (was using PowerCommanders full hindle map), and the bike test ridden. I'm going to say what I said above, but it's now 3x better! It's smooth all around. Idles better. More POWER across the RPM range!
(just added some pics)