Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Forrestfield, Western Australia, Australia
New Air box Observations / Cruise Control
I have done about 8000km since I received the new air box and software upgrade. Most of you have probably seen my comments in various posts of the problems I have been having despite the upgrade.
For the first time in many months I was able to go for a 30km ride today at 110kph on the Freeway without the bike starting to high idle or the throttle becoming ridiculously sensitive. The only difference is that the temperature in Perth is cooling off (Autumn now)and today was 18 degrees C when I was riding. In fact, the bike is running beautifully with no backfiring, more power, smooth as silk etc, just like most of you Americans have been saying during your winter.
Ironically, I am taking it to the dealer on Wednesday for them to reset the the settings to zero to see if it will improve things because it has been so bad for the last couple of months. Apparently, all I had to do to fix it was to wait for cooler weather, unless something else has suddenly changed. Hopefully they are also going to check out my squealing clutch, although I don't hold out much hope of either problem being addressed properly.
On another issue following today's cruise control thread, I tried the resume function in low gears while on the Freeway and found that it accelerates very slowly in any gear with a noticeable delay, so there is no way anything dangerous happens using the resume function, just as others have reported.
However, I did notice one unnerving effect. When cruising with the CC on if one pulls in the clutch to deactivate the cruise control the engine will rev alarmingly. I found that as soon as the CC deactivates the throttle becomes active and then you find that your hand is suddenly holding the throttle open, even though it was in a neutral position and not opening the throttle while the CC was on. This could explain the sudden increase in revs when pulling in the clutch, even though you think you have zero throttle. I tried this several times and each time the same thing happened, even though I was careful to make sure I had zero throttle when deactivating the cruise control.
Anyway, back to the air box. I will be interested to see how you all go as the temperature warms up in the US. You may find that your new found smooth controllable bikes gradually revert to something more like what they used to be with the old air box. As I have said previously, I have had a few episodes of full high idle and other effects since I had the new air box. Hopefully I will at least get the bike running well for the winter if today is anything to go by.
2007 K1200GT Graphite
Ex 1986 Kawasaki GTR1000