Grab a beer or coffee. I tend to be wordy in my posts!
So being a new member & reading a TON of threads here on the site - im going to take a chance that I wont get flamed for asking a question, that most of you will probably think I should already know. If your here to feed your ego at my expense, please find another thread. Im only concerned with real world answers, not how smart you can appear to be anonymously on a forum.
I purchased my 09 Vulcan 1700 last June 2014. Bike appeared to be well cared for & garaged. This was after a 30+- year break from motorcycles. That being said, the technology that is available now for bikes - is amazing. When I sat on the bike in the showroom & started playing with all the buttons, I noticed that when I toggled through the different screens, I came on the one that stated the current MPG. It read 35.8. I was impressed by this and was a factor in pulling the trigger. 4,500+ miles later & the best I can pull off is 32mpg. (I have added a pic of the MPG from the day I took delivery)
So I am wondering if its; 1) the previous owner had a power commander or the like 2) I still haven't figured out the optimum shift points 3) I'm a big guy, so the extra MPG's are going towards trying to move my fat a** down the road. 4) I need the ECU replaced as stated in the threads I found here due to a recall. I ran my VIN and its clean. But, the site also said that even if its clean - it could still be effected by a recall.
The dealer I bought the bike from is primarily a Polaris dealer & they couldn't give me any info, especially regarding a KAW recall. I need to follow up with a KAW dealer locally regarding that. Just not the one in my town because they were pretty snotty when they discovered that I had cash & credit, but would not buy a brand new bike. I ended up buying from a shop 35 minutes away, mostly on principle.
So I said all that - to ask this 2 things: 1) If I was looking for a true
plug & play EFI tuner, which would you buy? I am currently favoring the BULLY
because of its implied simplicity. I am not
looking to get a Dyno tune, change pipes, learn how to map a system or agonize over spreadsheets. Im an idiot and need the simplest of technology's out there.
2) Do I need a EFI tuner? Is 32MPG all I will ever get without losing belly weight-new pipes & mapping?
I appreciate everyone's patience with what must be, a frequently asked question here. I am only
interested in gaining MPG's. Not -off the line power or top end speed. 90% of my riding is 40MPH & below. About 10 minutes a day is/will be at highway speeds.