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I had my ECM flashed and the bike had an aftermarket slip on when I bought it. I had it decatted and didn't like the fuel mileage that I lost so I reverted back to stock. I also went back to stock with the slip on. I have a fender eliminator but only because the Yoshimura that came with the bike was crap. I have a powerbronze windscreen for in town and a CalSci for highway riding. I added an integrated tail light too because I like them but had to get a flasher module to get rid of hyperflash. I had the ECM flashed because the decel felt like a parachute opening behind me and it fixed the throttle snatch problem too.
 

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For me, a ECU flash to remove restrictions was the best change, shock next for when pushing on, other than that, a pipe, brake pads, levers are all personal preference. It is a good bike right out of the box.
 

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Reading through all these comments, I have to say I agree with those saying the stock exhaust with decat is too loud with stock can. I bought a toro slip on that actually muffles the sound to a nicer deeper sound but it still bugs me, I’ve had it mapped and we decided to use the valve to quite it down at idle and low revs low throttle which helps smoothen everything but still drones on cruise. I can use baffle but fuel map will probably need to be modified for best results or I’m quite tempted to go back to stock exhaust with slip on and have it mapped like that.

just my opinion on exhaust mods as that’s the only major I’ve done.
 

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The louder the better! This was the reason why I decat my bike. Cars notice you better, if you got a very quiet bike you most likely will be run over by a car or truck, unless you ride on the jungle where there are no cars, but here in Los Angeles, there are millions of cars and we legally can do lane splitting.
 

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I have stock headers, stock end pipe, just mid pipe with decat. I left the flapper functioning and removed o2 sensor And removed air box restrictive and added kn air fikter

quiet til wot. Screams. But it’s quiet cruising
 

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Stainless brake lines and better pads. My brakes are very, very good now. (Were soft on initial bite before.) I’m a track guy on some of my other bikes, so I like more bite than stock gave. That being said, HH pads and HEL brake lines made these brakes very good To me for street use. I also love my full exhaust and tune, and LED headlight bulb. Mine is a naked.
 

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I'm still running stock exhaust and I'm not changing it.
But I've done the woolich tune, k-tech front and rear, fender eliminator and $30 bar end mirrors.
The only bikes I would change the exhaust on are V2 or V4.
 

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I was overjoyed that I did not have to even touch my regular brakes to give me a full control of a critical stop. All I had to do was to release the throttle and all was perfect. How bad can this be?
Totally disagree with you. I hope a newer rider doesn't read your post and think that engine braking is what he should be doing and "not even touching" his regular brakes during a "critical stop". Especially if they don't have a slipper clutch. Yes the GSX-S has one, but if you are on a bike without one and attempt heavy engine braking via downshifts, there is a very good chance you are going to lock up the rear.

Also if you are using engine braking to perform "critical stops" your brake light is not being used. If you are doing this in LA traffic, especially at night, well you are eventually going to be in a world of hurt from the guy behind you. Do yourself a favor john2019, learn to use your normal brakes, particularly in a "critical stop" situation.
 

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Totally disagree with you.
I agree to disagree with you though.

there is a very good chance you are going to lock up the rear.
Also if you are using engine braking to perform "critical stops" your brake light is not being used. If you are doing this in LA traffic, especially at night,
Very good observations but this was not the case for me. I don't ride at night, raining and I am not in front of cars. I do lane splitting, not a chance that a car would rear end my bike.

well you are eventually going to be in a world of hurt from the guy behind you.
Not a chance though, like I said, I don't ride in front of cars like you do. I hope you are able to stop on time and don' have to eat a bumper.

Do yourself a favor john2019, learn to use your normal brakes, particularly in a "critical stop" situation.
I do know. This is what I have practiced more than anything else. This is why I learned that engine braking is much more effective for me (it may not be for everybody), however, since I flashed the ECU I no longer have the heavy engine braking that I had when the bike was stock.
 

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I don't ride at night, raining and I am not in front of cars. I do lane splitting, not a chance that a car would rear end my bike.
Right, right. You lane split to get in front of all of the "millions of cars" in LA, and somehow manage to keep all of the LA traffic so far behind you that your brake light is unnecessary lol.

If you don't want to use your brakes for braking, particularly critical braking, well that is your business. But please stop trying to justify your reasons for this. Just because you don't ride at night, in the rain, can lane split, and somehow manage to never be in front of cars in LA traffic :rolleyes:, doesn't mean that others have the same utopian riding environment.
 

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Older rider here, FWIW I agree with @john2019 and engine braking. Leaves the engine in the power band. With this in mind, I mostly do this when slowing for turns, when you are going to be using the throttle again right after slowing. The same is usually done when coming to a stop, with light application of the front to light the rear brake light and alert traffic behind. Now, back to must have mods....

Just ordered a healtech advanced power distribution module. Already added the scottoiler eoiler. Will probably add the speedo healer. May add brake light modulator. So decided to get the Healtech power distribution module so one battery connection for all the other add-ons now and later.
 

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I already commented this, but if you use dano, he will turn engine braking back on, just send it back and toss few bucks in the box and give him a call. Say you prefer the engine braking.

He’s done adjustments on settings for me myself when I decided to delete cat he adjusted my fueling etc. 20 bucks I gave him in box and he was fine with it.

he asked that I printed my receiptif I had it, if not just put my name/info so he could look it up.
 

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Older rider here, FWIW I agree with @john2019 and engine braking. Leaves the engine in the power band. With this in mind, I mostly do this when slowing for turns, when you are going to be using the throttle again right after slowing. The same is usually done when coming to a stop, with light application of the front to light the rear brake light and alert traffic behind. Now, back to must have mods....

Just ordered a healtech advanced power distribution module. Already added the scottoiler eoiler. Will probably add the speedo healer. May add brake light modulator. So decided to get the Healtech power distribution module so one battery connection for all the other add-ons now and later.
Engine braking is fine. I just wouldn't recommend it for "critical" stopping, and not touching the brakes as he stated. Maybe our definitions of critical stopping are different. It wasn't until he mentioned critical stopping and not touching his brakes that I took issue. I have 3 bikes and only one has a slipper clutch. I would never want to get into the habit of only using the engine to brake the bike, especially for a critical stop. But I will let this go. It seems I am in the minority on this topic.

As for must have mods, mine was the mirrors. I am kind of a broad shouldered guy, and the stock mirrors are just not wide enough.
 

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Engine braking is fine. I just wouldn't recommend it for "critical" stopping, and not touching the brakes as he stated. Maybe our definitions of critical stopping are different. It wasn't until he mentioned critical stopping and not touching his brakes that I took issue. I have 3 bikes and only one has a slipper clutch. I would never want to get into the habit of only using the engine to brake the bike, especially for a critical stop. But I will let this go. It seems I am in the minority on this topic.

As for must have mods, mine was the mirrors. I am kind of a broad shouldered guy, and the stock mirrors are just not wide enough.
I'm with you on the critical stopping and using brakes. I will use engine braking for corners and coming to a stop. Just using engine braking for critical stopping is just asinine but to each their own. You never know when a car is going to catch you off guard and you need those brakes.
 

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Can i see your bikes? , trying to decide what mirrors to buy! Need some inspiration:)
 
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