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Not all performance shops give you performance…This is a perfect example!

Cycle Solutions Inc. takes pride in providing customers with performance upgrades that really make their motorcycles rock.  There is a recipe to performance and we have done our homework over the years on quality products and the proper combination.  Recently someone visited our shop in Fort Myers, FL because he was disappointed in his motorcycles performance after taking his 2006 Street Glide to another local shop.  We had spoken to this potential customer about our services and products and quoted a price to get the job done.  Unfortunately, he had decided to take his motorcycle to another local shop to have the upgrades done for reasons that we do not know and the results were terrible.  We put his motorcycle on our dyno and all we could say was “Wow”. It was one of the worst running motorcycles we have seen across our dyno in a while.

First, lets take a look at his bill below (shop information has been removed). As you can see he paid a very large amount of money for engine upgrades.  This is a nice list of parts and should for the most part increase the performance on the motorcycle.  Instead of receiving a rocking machine, he got a motorcycle that performed less than stock and ran absolutely terribly.

Unfortunately, this customer ended up with a very sad running machine.  He spent roughly $8400.00 for a motorcycle that performs worse than a stock one.  His dyno graph below tells all.  His motorcycle barely made 60 horsepower and with the big bore upgrades he paid for he should at least be over the 100 mark.  His air/fuel ratio is not even close.  The dotted red line represents a perfect air/fuel ration at the bottom of the graph and his curve is so far off that we can not decide if the Power Vision tuner he had was just for looks because it was clearly not setup to do any proper tuning to his motorcycle.  His bill does clearly state that his bike was tuned and taken for a test ride.  One ride on our dyno and we knew this motorcycle needed surgery and asap!

First thing that needed done was to replace the exhaust that his motorcycle had that was robbing his motorcycle of performance.  A quality exhaust is the key and this customer had SE mufflers that had the baffles removed along with a true dual header that appeared to be home made.  The shop that did the work to his motorcycle installed torque cones into his exhaust.  Torque cones are a thing of the past,  We have never been a fan of torque cones anyway and with today’s top performing exhaust systems there is no reason for them, if there even was a reason, and no reason to take the baffles out of your exhaust.  We can not talk enough about investing in a great exhaust system.  We installed a D&D Fat Cat 2 into 1 exhaust because top performance needs proper supporting products!

Secondly, the power vision needed to be replaced with a Thundermax Auto Tune with a professional tune for the engine build.  Power Visions when set up properly might be OK for a stage one but if other upgrades are in your future or you are all about top notch performance then invest in a Thundermax and have it professionally installed and tuned by Cycle Solutions Inc.

We cracked open the camchest and tore down the big bore upgrades to inspect what he had.  The local shop had used stock heads with a set of poorly bored out cylinders.  This motorcycle had no compression. No wonder it was struggling.   We replaced the cylinders, heads and pistons with a 98″ big bore kit from Zippers and upgraded the throttle body to a 55mm because this should be done when you are doing engine upgrades.  Larger lift cams and bored cylinders and heads allow your motorcycle to take in more air for better combustion.  Leaving a restricted stock throttle body on your engine will restrict the amount of air flow that your engine can breathe in, potentially robbing the engine of power.  A quality air intake is also required so the engine can breathe so we also replaced the modified stock intake that he had on his motor with one of our CSR Air Intakes.  Luckily we were able to re-use the S&S camchest that was previously installed.

Lastly we installed a Rekluse Torqdrive clutch that is designed to handle high horsepower builds.  This is not an absolute necessity, however, the stock clutch is not designed for large amounts of horsepower and will begin slipping eventually and need replaced.  The Torqdrive clutch is a well built system and puts the power to the ground complimenting the build.

Another trip to the dyno for precision tuning of the Thundermax and this bike has new life.  The graph below shows the finished result.  This motorcycle went from 60 HP to 115 HP which is where it should be for this type of build.  Again, it is all because of the proper parts, professional installation and professional tuning.

Unfortunately, we see this often.  Customers bring us motorcycles with performance upgrades that don’t perform as well as they should.  Please reach out to us for your next upgrade.  This customer paid twice for upgrades that should have performed the first time around.  We have skilled mechanics on staff and the best dyno tuner in the country that will make your motorcycle top-notch no matter what level of performance you are looking for.

We are taking appointments now at our Fort Myers, Florida location now through April 24th.  Call Chris at 765-730-1646 for your spot in our schedule.



Don’t count sheep, count horsepower! Our Stage 4 Big Bore Engine Upgrade Kits are a must have for your M8 motorcycle

Cycle Solutions Inc. recently installed our Stage 4 120″ Cylinder and Head kit into a 2018 Road Glide and we are very pleased with the results and so is our customer.  The motorcycle came to us bone stock and what started out to be a stage one upgrade with a D&D Billet Cat Exhaust System, CSR Motorcycle Air Intake and a Thundermax Auto Tune module led to a T-man Camchest Upgrade.  After diving into the motorcycle further we discovered an engine defect from the manufacturer.  The customer could have had his bike towed to a dealership to have them inspect it and repair it under warranty but that takes forever.  Most dealerships do not work at a fast pace especially when it comes to warranty claims.  He decided to have us to installed a 120″ Cylinder and Head Performance Kit to correct the issue and not to mention, give it more power!

Our dyno graph below shows the gains that can be made without doing work to the crank.  This is a drop in kit that can be completed in a quick time-frame so there is no long down time which is very important because warmer weather is knocking on our doors.


Big Bore kits we stock:

Currently we have 120″ and 124″ Big Bore Kits for the Milwaukee-Eights in stock.  117″ kits and 127″ kits will be arriving any day also for the M8′s.

We have many 107″ and 113″ kits for 2007-2016 Twin Cam motorcycles ready for installation.

Our kits include bored Cylinders, Pistons, CNC Ported Heads, Ring set and required gaskets.  Installation is available from our show truck at the Daytona International Speedway during Daytona Bike Week or at any of the other events we attend and from our shop locations by appointment.  Kits can also be purchased and shipped to you for the do it yourself customer.

Crave even more power?  CSR currently has 131″ High Performance Engines calling your name.  We are known for our phenomenal engines that are dependable and lightning fast!  We can install a complete engine here at the show or in our shop by appointment.  Most installations can be done in a 24 hour period. Cycle Solutions Inc. makes quick work of removing your old engine and then installing the new engine of your dreams.  We 131″ engines on hand at Daytona Bike Week and ready for installation to get you back on the road faster! …AND WE MEAN FAST!

Not ready for an engine upgrade?  Cycle Solutions Inc. can help you with building blocks of your performance upgrades whether you are starting at a stage 1 or a stage 3. We can help you with your performance upgrades along  every step of the way to ensure that you are purchasing the proper parts combinations that you can build on down the road.  Nothing is more frustrating than to spend money on performance products because you were told they were top performers only to be told that your baby is ugly!  We see it all the time. Nobody wants to hear that their baby is ugly!