Tuning for Performance
Tuning for performance is something any motorcycle enthusiast knows about. All motorcycles have certain base settings built into them to control how much fuel goes into the engine, how fast the wheels can rotate, and so on. All of these elements combine to determine how any given motorcycle performs. As any enthusiast knows, a good engine tuning can alter these settings to get more horsepower out of the engine. These days, however, tuning is about more than just getting more power out of the engine.
What is Engine Tuning?
Put simply, engine tuning is the adjustment of the Engine Control Unit (ECU) to get better performance and alter the engine’s output, economy, and durability. The basic settings on your motorcycle are selected by manufacturers to meet the standards on emissions and safety regulations. While these settings are very functional, they aren’t always ideal depending on the use you intend for your motorcycle.
What Can Tuning Do?
The first thing to understand is that tuning your motorcycle is all about what you want, because every adjustment will have its trade offs. There is no way to tune your motorcycle so that every function is at its best. That said, there are a lot of things you can tune a motorcycle for. The most common reason people tuned motorcycles in the past was for improved power. With the right adjustments, you could get a lot more horsepower out of a motorcycle. Cosmetically, people can also adjust the settings to control the sound of the motorcycle engine, creating that roaring rev that biker gangs are famous for. The drawback to this is that your bike’s engine is put under more stress. It will need more regular maintenance and the overall lifespan of the bike will be shorter.
These days, however, horsepower isn’t always what you want to go for. You can also tune an engine to get better gas mileage. Doing so decreases the power of the engine, but when you can increase your bikes MGP by 2-3 – or even 4-5 – you’ll save a lot at the pump. And this is on top of how good the fuel efficiency of a motorcycle is just in comparison to a car. It can really be worth it.
Deciding What You Want
What you want to tune your motorcycle to do depends on how you intend to use it. For casual riders, the default settings are usually good enough. It gives a good balance of speed, control, and fuel efficiency. Nothing is spectacular, but nothing is really being sacrificed either.
If you’re using your bike for racing, you’ll definitely want more horsepower out of it. You can also tune it to give you tighter turning and better acceleration, though these kinds of settings can make the bike more dangerous for inexperienced riders. If you do a lot of off-road biking, more horsepower is also a good idea. It can help you get over the occasional hills and dips you’ll run into.
For riding around town, especially if you’re looking to save gas money, tuning for fuel efficiency is a great option. If you don’t care about speed and power – and on the smooth roads of most cities, power really isn’t a need – you can adjust the engine to be highly fuel efficient and save yourself a lot of money. You can also tune the engine to be quieter so you don’t disturb your neighbors as much, which I’m sure they’ll appreciate.
In general, it’s a good idea to know what you want out of your bike before you ask someone to tune it.
We Can Help
Here at SE Performance, we have a real passion for motorcycles. While we work on vehicles of all kinds, motorcycles have always been a favorite. We have years of experience with them. We know the ins and outs of fine tuning to help you get the most out of your machine. If you’re looking for some fine tuning, or just need to make sure your motorcycle is up to standard, come and see us. Get in touch with us today and schedule an appointment. See how we can help you get your machine running just the way you want it to.