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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

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