Well, it’s getting pretty close to being ‘all done’.
#1 – This Tuesday I’ll be dropping the bike off at Earl Small’s Harley Davidson so that Orie Cain can remap the ECM using the TTS Master Tune on the dyno to compensate for the addition of the Vance & Hines full exhaust and Screamin’ Eagle Stage 1 breather. I’ve been on the fence about this for several months, as the bike’s actually been running pretty well using the stock ECM mapping. I played around with the XiED Air-Fuel-Ratio ‘management system’, which seemed to work pretty well at first. However, instead of the engine performance getting better as the EFI began to adjust to the lower AFR ratio (richer) produced by the XiED “spoofing” the data being sent from the O2 sensors to the ECM, it was actually falling off. So, I figure it’s time to bite the bullet and let a tuner do their thing with the motor since we expect to have this bike for long, long time. Even if we decide to pick up a H-D touring bike at some point, I can’t replace the ‘knees in the breeze’ ride that our Wide Glide delivers.
#2 – The New Öhlin’s shocks have been the best single change we’ve made to the bike so I’m chomping at the bit to upgrade the front suspension with a set of 30mm Öhlin’s cartridges. However, they’re a bit pricey and will require removal of the forks and some internal mods, so that “tweak” may have to wait until winter. In fact, I’ll probably just pull them off and send them off to Howard at Motorcycle Metal in Florida for the upgrade.
There are a few other things that I’m mulling over, but not yet committed to doing.
- H-D LED headlight. A bit pricey, but since I do a lot of riding in the dark having good lighting is pretty important. I also like having a lot of light during daylight hours and the cost of the LED headlight is almost a wash with adding a set of Motolights. I really like the Motolights, but haven’t quite figured out how I’d install them .
- Wider front tire. The Wide glide uses a very narrow Dunlop GT502 F 80/90-21 54V, and I’d like to put a somewhat wider tire up front to increase the footprint for cornering and braking.
- Rear Rack – H-D needs to hire me to redesign some of their accessories and at the top of my list are the rear racks. They’ve come a long way with the Air Foil and Air Wing designs, but still need some more tweaks.
- True Track? Not sure about this yet and need to discuss with Orie.