TO REMAP OR NOT?
Earlier this year I upgraded my 2000 carburetted Yamaha R1 to a 2010 crossplane model. Having ridden it for around six months and having covered about 4000 miles I can truly say that I am not disappointed with the looks, handling, grunt and amazing sound of my new bike.
But what I have noticed is that the midrange is not what I expected, and the gentle throttle opening at slow speed is a bit hit-and-miss compared to my sorted carbed bike.
Is this normal, and is it worth considering an ECU remap to sort this, given that I want to keep the rest of the bike (including the exhaust) standard?
If so, what are the downsides, and is there anyone out there who you would recommend?
Great mag by the way – the guy who wrote in recently to ask you to stop the bad language was talking bollocks! Stuart Russell Short answer: yes. Fly-by-wire was still relatively new to bikes in 2010, and the crossplane motor is a funny thing with unusual requirements, too. A good remap will make it a nicer, faster thing to ride, and render the silly mode switch even more redundant.
What I’d also look at is a de-cat link pipe – they’re available to suit standard exhausts, but it’ll open it up a bit and reduce the heat right below your nuts. You’ll get a bit of extra go, a little more noise but it won’t look any different. They start from £100 or so – if you’re having someone set it up, it’s worth throwing one on at the same time so it all works together. CN