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OK, Call me old..... old fashioned...... old Phart or whatever.

I have been riding for over 40 years......everything from a Hodaka Dirt Squirt, Suzuki 6X Hustler, to a Scott Flying Squirrel, I have been a very lucky man in that regard.

Mostly I have owned motorcycles that have remained totally stock, with some minor exceptions, such as K&N Air Filters (that I began using in 1973). My 1985 Gold Wing Aspencade carried my wife and I, along with luggage enough for 21 days, all over this country and Canada. It was, other than the K&N, dead stock as far as the engine was concerned. Never once did I feel that it was underpowered, no matter the terrain or weather.

Maybe I just don't get it, but why all the performance mods? Does everyone just want more HP? If so, why not buy that hot BMW or Suzuki?

That said, I do appreciate the desire for a nicer sound on a V Twin (no way to make a Gold Wing sound good) and I also appreciate the desire for better breathing and a washable air cleaner. But are all the hundreds if not thousands of dollars of fuel processors, soft ware flashes, cams, etc really needed for a guy that wants to enjoy his bike on long weekends along the east coast and into the Smokey Mountains?

Just curious........ I am totally new to the V-Twin crowd...... well, except for a couple....... The Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans and the Ducati 750SS Desmo we had WAY back when.

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Hodaka nice. I had two a looking time ago. I was young though. One was my stepfathers the other one he gave to me. And mods for bikes are just because people can and want to improve on whatever it is they have like bikes, cars, houses. Whatever people own they want to improve. So why not?


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Why all the HP Mods?
Why not? What are the disadvanages?

I'm 52 and been riding for 42 years, but I'm not ready for the rocking chair on the porch just yet.

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i guess im an old fart too. ive had 7 bikes so far and none
had any mods. not even a k&n filter. it never stopped me
from enjoying the ride. and they never bothered the people
around me. every hd that passes us that has pipes has to go down at least 1 gear so i can appreciate my new hearing loss. i have
quite a few hd friends. gee, why are most of them wearing ear plugs now?--irv

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I did the Stage 1 on my XCT in hope that it would run slightly cooler, for those hot summer days. Other than that, my mods are all about making the bike mine or making it more useful and usable -- shorter windshield so I can ride in fog, heated clothing hook-ups so I can better ride through the winter, trunk rack to carry more so I don't need a car, better lighting so I am seen and to better ride at night, GPS so I can ride anywhere with confidence, Avon brake and shift pegs so I can brake and shift without missing the stock mini-nubs, passenger hand-holds for passenger safety and comfort and to provide more places for bungee cords to hold down cargo, carpeted trunk so things don't clunk around back there, bag liners for quick changes of storage use. I also have a Utopia removable backrest so I can ride long trips in comfort, or get the backrest out of the way for daily riding.

I want to: put a real horn on it because the stock horn serves no purpose other than comedy; put BBob's heat deflectors on to make hot day riding more comfortable.


The engine runs great! Better fuel efficiency would be nice, so I could ride more at less expense, but none of the mods out there are for that (I'm getting 40-45mpg). Most of the mods add power/torque at higher RPMs, but I ride (and want to ride) most of the time at 2.300 to 3,500 RPM anyway. Give me a mod that keeps my bike running and performing as well as it does now, but getting 50-60 miles per gallon (shouldn't a bike be more efficient than a Prius?) and I will want that.

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Maybe I just don't get it, but why all the performance mods? Does everyone just want more HP? If so, why not buy that hot BMW or Suzuki?
I can't speak for the people who do the serious engine mods as I tend to agree with you, but I can say that it's been my experience that stock twins generally run much better without the EPA requirements obstructing their pulmonary function.

Inlines seem to have a much better tolerance for this EPA stuff. Goldwings run fine stock too. Twins, not so much. And air-cooled twins are already at a pretty significant power disadvantage compared to the competition.




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