The primary tool used in dyno-tuning is called a Dynamometer. Everyone calls it a “Dyno” for short. The dyno is a diagnostic tool that allows us to simulate riding the bike on the road in a controlled setting. While riding the bike on the dyno, the bike is hooked up to numerous computer systems that allow us to see exactly what’s going on with your engine and engine management system. With a few extra tools and parts we can make changes and make the bike run better. By dyno-tuning , we are simulating riding the bike and making changes to the engine management system until the bike runs perfectly.
ONE STOP FOR FUEL ECONOMY, RIDE-ABILITY + PERFORMANCE
By dyno-tuning we can obtain better fuel economy, ride-ability and extra power all at the same time. Dynos are not just about making the bike faster like most people think, it is about optimizing your bike’s various functions. Horsepower is translated to energy, but it is the only measuring tool we have to see if the changes made are correct. If the horsepower goes up and gets smoother, we know we’ve made the correct changes. If the horsepower goes down, then it is an indicator of an incorrect adjustment. The benefits of increasing the horsepower are not just to go faster, it will enhance all throttle inputs and help you in all riding conditions. For example, if you are riding on the freeway and it requires 20% throttle to maintain 60mph, by increasing your engine's efficiency through dyno-tuning, it may only require 12% throttle to maintain the same speed. With that said, fuel economy will be substantially improved.
Dyno-tuning your motorcycle can help boost your confidence. On most modern motorcycles, when you take off from a stoplight, the bike will chug, vibrate the handlebars and at times even stall. This requires you to twist on the throttle, rev the bike and burn the clutch just to get it going. It can be very unnerving to deal with a problem like this, especially in a parking lot at slow speeds. An example of a bike needing dyno tuning is when you are on the freeway or in a corner and the bike will surge, causing you to go on and off the throttle back and forth just to get the bike to do what you want. Dyno tuning can fix these issues and give you the confidence that your bike will respond to you, allowing you to smoothly let out the clutch and take off with very little throttle. Imagine cruising on the freeway, with barely any effort, holding one constant speed, relaxing and enjoying the ride instead of trying to just stay at the right speed. That is how dyno tuning can help you build confidence with your ride.
LESS SERVICE + MAINTENANCE
With a properly dyno-tuned bike, you will not only make the bike run better but can prolong the time period between servicing and maintenance. Your current tune-up, parts, oil change, tires, brakes, throttle cables, and engine can last substantially longer. With the engine running smoother and now burning the proper amount of fuel, we have seen oil changes for as far as 5000-10000 miles, spark plugs go 25,000-30,000 miles and engines seem to last indefinitely. We can also use the dyno to diagnose problems and even forsee future problems. It can tell us if we need spark plugs, valve adjustments, problems with a slipping clutch, timing belts and engine rebuilds.
INVESTING IN YOUR RIDE
Dyno tuning usually requires purchasing programmers, resistors or parts, but is worth it in the long run. On all bikes, no matter if they are brand new or in complete stock format, dyno-tuning is important. The more mods you put on your bike, the further away you get from the stock exhaust and other components, the more critical dyno-tuning becomes. When you have combined purchasing and installing performance parts, programmers and dyno-tuning, you will find it will enhance your performance and riding experience so much you will fall in love with your motorcycle all over again.