Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Libertyville, IL, USA
Help me beat my brother!!
Hi guys (and girls too!) my brother and I both bought matching 04 k12rs' new in 05. We both have similar riding styles and both love everything about our bikes. We always take a fall trip around lake michigan (Great colors) with some of other guys (they don't have beemers, sucks for them!) and when we occasionally race eachother on some desolate road, the winner is the one that got a better launch or whoever did not hit the rev limiter. It is a blast to see how well they go. Both the bikes are stock and my brother weighs about 30 pounds more than me. I have more gear packed than him(tools, food and such) so we are just about even on the weight side. Fast forward to our fall 08 trip and having a little brother rivalry, I purchased and installed a rhinewest chip for my bike. Let me say that I thought it felt faster on my test run but was going to put it to the test on our 08 fall trip. The other two guys that ride with us knew about my chip and my wife thought I was out of my mind ( She's right!) . My brother and I finally got a couple of open straight aways and I beat him every time. Even when I had a bad launch or hit the rev my bike still pulled on him and passed him. We have a comm system between the two of us and he had every excuse in the book on why he could not win and it was on the fifth race that he had a perfect launch but I still was able to pass him and while I was passing him he said that he slipped on some gravel and I laughed as I passed and told him that I chipped my bike and the look on his face as I was creeping past him was just priceless. Now I guess you could say I like to play with my bike so the urge to go a little faster was on my mind so I installed a K&N air filter after my 12k check up and just before our fall 09 trip. When I went to finish my brother off I couldn't. It was like I took two steps back. I got great gas milage but there was definitely a power loss. We were back to whoever got out of the hole first. I did not tell him about the k&n and we just laughed it off. SO after our road trip, I rent out a drag strip with my muscle car club and my brother and I had a score to settle and we brought our bikes and dragged four times. No bags, no gps, no nothing. Neither one of us had ever brought a bike down a track before and I nearly left my boots on the starting line it was so sticky. I never felt my bike hook like that ever before. Of the four races against eachother, he won two and I won two, and then the rain moved in. NOW we have rain date at the race track in the spring and I have to win, I am the baby brother, but I have to win. I asked him if he chipped is bike and he said he wished he could just wash his bike. He is married, has four boys, and no patience so I really believe that he has down nothing to his bike.
MY QUESTION is should I take out the k&n air filter and just run the stock air filter, as that seemed the fastest to me so far. Does anyone have any suggestions ( no a k13s is not a option right now), or has anyone else run a k&n with no luck as well. HELP ME!!
Thanks for your time!!!! ernie