Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Mendocino, CA, USA
Actually my understanding is, NO, these models do not learn as you ride. That is for the R, S, and GT of the new versions. See Voxmagna's notes on determining the chip you may or may not have. Not sure how the others do it, but Rhinewest provides a waferboard that plugs into the CPU where the stock chip resides, then their chip(s) plug into that board. I have had their chip when it first came out, and really enjoyed it. As noted, you need the numbers off your existing chip to be sure you get the right aftermarket chip, though if you get the wrong one, it simply will NOT RUN, I was told. Rhinewest (and I assume the other chip marketers) have dyno charts on its performance compared to stock, stock chip with Remus, Rhinewest chip with stock exhaust, then Rhinewest with Remus...maybe even more comparos now. I upgraded to the Cam Gear kit which is new cam gears and a new chip. Way better HP and Loads more torque. BUT, at the time I got it it was only for the stock pipe, which is great for me. I ride 4 hours at a time twice a day each week and most after market pipes are too much for that continuous riding.
For disconnecting the battery....be sure to reset your throttle position sensor by turning the key on without starting, roll to full throttle three times, turn the key off. This calibrates the sensor to what full throttle is. Those instructions came with my Rhinewest chips and said you need to do this everytime you disconnect the battery.
'00 K1200RS >135,000 mi, '09 K1300S sold @ 22,232 mi
'93 K1100RS traded up @ 78,000 mi, '85 K100RS sold @44,000 mi, Kawi 650 track bike - sold