Tips for Dyno Tuning a Motorcycle
If you want the best engine tune up for your bike, you should consider dyno tuning the motorcycle. Unless you own a garage or work at one that has the right equipment, you usually won't be able to dyno tune your bike on your own. However, taking your bike to a garage or shop that has the dynamometer and other equipment needed to do this type of specialty tuning offers huge dividends in performance and power.
A good dyno tuning shop can help you to make adjustments to air and fuel settings, timing and other settings to increase power from your bike. However, there are a few things you will need to do to get ready for the tune up. So, this easy guide will show you how to prepare your motorcycle.
Step 1 - Find a Good Dyno Tune Shop
First, you'll need to find a shop that can dyno tune your motorcycle. Not all motorcycle repair shops offer this type of service; however, you may be able to find one in your area by asking someone at a local motorcycle dealership or specialty retailer that offers aftermarket components for dirt or racing bikes. You can also search online for shops in your area that they can do the work as well.
Step 2 - Remove Engine Cover Plates or Other Accessories
Before you take your bike in to be dyno tuned, take the time to remove any bodywork that is close to the engine or exhaust. If you own a racing motorcycle, you will always want to remove the upper and lower body work as well as body molding that is close to the exhaust. A dynamometer tests a motorcycle's engine at full throttle for extended periods of time. So, the test causes a lot of heat to be emitted from your bike's engine. Plastic molding or body parts can be melted.
Step 3 - Check the Rear Tire
In order to properly tune your motorcycle, your bike's rear tire must be in good shape and make good contact with the dynamometer. If your tire has defects or is bald and showing tire plugs, the shop will probably refuse to tune your bike. Although some shops have tires that can be mounted for the tuning, this can be quite expensive (up to $100). So make sure your bike's rear tire is in good condition before going to the tune of shop.
Step 4 - Check Bike for Other Problems
Check your motorcycle for other common engine problems that may prevent the shop from testing and tuning your bike. Check your bike for a worn out chain or sprocket, oil leaks or major exhaust leaks. Repair any problems before having the vehicle tuned.
Step 5 - Fill the Motorcycle with Gasoline
Finally, fill the tank of your motorcycle with gasoline. Dyno tuning your bike may take only a few minutes or it could take up to an hour or two. So, make sure your bike has enough gas so that it doesn't run out during the tuning.