Flashing the ECU can do many things for performance and other aspects such as fan operation, etc. Companies like Flash Tune and ECU Unleashed are leaders in flashing ECU's, BUT you must provide them with an ECU for them to hack into, read the codes and develop maps. Most usually like to have a skoot on a dyno to facilitate this process.
My guess is that with any business those companies must first ascertain if the time spent in the process (which btw is extremely time consuming) developing new maps will be profitable in terms of having future orders.
Flashing is extremely popular on the sportbikes we work on so there is a market, how many cruiser owners will be willing to send their ECU out and what will be the actual gains for the cost?
The 1700's respond tremendously to intake and exhaust mods and you don't have to go to extremely loud exhausts to achieve good gains. The 1700 is a very mildly tuned engine with ALOT of potential even after intake and exhaust mods are done, but it'll require goin into the engine to extract what's there. I have 69,000+ mls on my Vaq and at times I romanticize the notion of pulling the engine and doin it up, heck just yesterday I was thinking about how much of an overbore the cylinders will handle.
With these thoughts I must remind myself this is the skoot I ride 98% of the time and when I want to experiences mo power, I jump on my Busa.
My Vaq made about 66 H.P. and 79 pnds torque stock, last time on my dyno this past summer it was at 85 H.P. and 105 pnds. This is somewhat representative f the gains these 1700's can make, and many of the 1700's I have had on my dyno or have heard numbers from other 1700 owners, it's not uncommon to see 80+ H.P. and 100+ pnds torque.
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