Long story short--I'm getting ready to move to Germany...had a 3 day window to do whatever I wanted with my Hammer before it goes into storage for 3 years. I had already installed a Vic Performance 2-into-1 and plugged up the O2 sensors...but I knew there was more I could do than just the OEM Stage 1 flash. I had a Power Commander and a pair of VM1s on hand and Rylan was one of the few shops even remotely near me who had his hands on one of Lloydz new adjustable timing wheels for the pre-08 bikes. So I bolted on my tour pack, broke out my new drivers backrest from Drag Specialties (excellent!) and drove my bike 670 miles up to Rylan and had him work his magic.
Originally, I was going to have him install the VM1s and an SS airbox along with the timing wheel, but thankfully, Rylan and I had a nice long talk about my riding sytle and preferences (I should say, we had a nice long talk AGAIN--that doesn't even count the 3 dozen or so e-mails we traded up to that point). While I know I can get more power out of this bike, Rylan insisted that the performance gains with the new airbox and the VM1s in particular wouldn't be where I would likely use them (and therefore might not get my money's worth out of the mods). You gotta really respect a business man who goes out of his way to make sure the customer gets what he NEEDS, and not just what he can pay for, even if it means costing a little business.
In the end, we agreed that the best combination of mods FOR ME was to go with the adjustable timing wheel and a Lloydz ECU swap to give me an overall performance increase across the power band without sacrificing any low end grunt. So Rylan and Gabe got to work, all the while answering my questions, letting me watch, and generally being wonderful and generous hosts. While they were at it, Rylan noted that my throttle body boot had almost completely disintegrated (good thing they thought to check it!) so they took care of that along with installing a Progressive Shock and replacing my severely worn rear brake pads. Rylan then spent nearly a full hour dyno'ing the bike to within an inch of its life.
In the end, I was more than immensely pleased with the results. Yes, I will still be left in the dust by someone who rides at 3500-6000 rpms, but that's not my style. I was personally very impressed with the smoothness of the bike, especially where I ride it (cruising long and slow between 2200-3000 rpms), but it had gobs of power to spare any time I needed to crack throttle for passing...and getting up to 50 in 3rd gear without the engine breaking a sweat was something I just wasn't prepared for.
So for anyone interested in what sort of performance gains you can get without major surgery involving engine removal to drop in some cams or cutting away the stock airbox (I just have the Stage 1 vented airbox cover and K&N filter), here's what a 100 inch Hammer, Vic 2-into-1 exhaust, Lloydz timing wheel and Lloydz ECU looks like before and after.
And to Rylan and Gabe...thanks again for such an enjoyable afternoon--you guys were awesome and I deeply appreciate the work you've done!