View Full Version : Need cheap power

02-22-2007, 02:04 AM
I just bought a new '06 XB12R two weeks ago, and I can't go a day without taking it out for a ride. It is definitely the most fun bike I have ever ridden, but I would like a little more power. Not much of a motorhead, so I'm not sure where to start. Can someone give me a few tips on some cheap ways to get more out of my beast.

02-22-2007, 02:30 AM
Again I'm amazed that people want more power out of a 1200cc, 395 lb sport bike. If you want to go cheap I would suggest taking off your exhaust pipe (saves weight and frees up back-pressure), remove the useless air filter (just slows down air flow and adds a pound or two), and dump the rear brake (you can stop with the front rotor if you're careful). lol just kidding. I'd go with the Drummer muffler that's been discussed on this forum. It sounds like you don't need other mods with it and it could add some power.

02-22-2007, 02:53 AM
What part of TX are u ridin?

02-22-2007, 02:45 PM
what buellxb said...

plus i have the drummer pipe and it does what it advertises, and the sound will get you looks that will make you laugh...(i love when people hear me coming, know it has to be a Harley, turn to look at me, and then their jaw hits the ground and their eyes almost pop out of their head) so i pull in the clutch roll the throttle a couple of times and then leave em scratchin their head wondering what the &%#$ was that. that never gets old...oh and setting off parked car's alarms as you pass is another fun game you can play with this pipe.

02-22-2007, 06:21 PM
heres a thought...how much do you weigh?

work out and diet a little if you are a bit heavy that is...shed a few pounds yourself and increas the power to weight ratio.

losing two pounds off your gut is equal to buying a couple pieces of carbon fiber parts...without the $$$

02-22-2007, 10:24 PM
texas where do you feel its lacking power,,highway city ?

02-23-2007, 04:51 AM
well, brad, I am 6'5"-245. There's really not a whole lot that I can lose. Thanks anyways...lol...I really can't complain about the power. It is a very strong/quick bike, but I have really begun to get the feel for it, and can see where more power would be awesome. (as long as I can keep the front end on the pavement) Might like to try the Drummer. Do you have a link?

07 black...I am 50 miles south of Houston. Where are you located?

03-02-2007, 03:11 PM
I am 6'1" 240, so I know what you are talking about. Only thing is that I ride a XB9R. There are several companies out there that make big bore and stroker kits for our scooters. I have the full race kit on my bike and it does make a difference. I put on a set of extended pegs and the touring seat (this raises you about 1 inch, and your legs down 1 inch) and it made for a more comfortable ride. I still miss my Harley cruisers, but the Buell is fun for around town.

03-11-2007, 05:12 PM
The link to the Drummer website is www.kdfab.com and Kevin (the owner) is the best as far as customer service and getting your pipe back to you 100% better then when you sent it to him.

03-17-2007, 01:52 AM
The Micron exhaust, Direct link Mapping tool, and the open Air Box conversion makes the MOST power. Gains seem to make the 9 around 90 hp.

The main question is where you want your power to be.

03-17-2007, 01:53 AM

07-20-2007, 08:30 PM
A seven pound reduction equals 1 HP. Call iBoost (Formerly Aerocharger) for a turbo unit. I just saw an article on a Rocket III turbo (stock 147 lbs/ft torque) that is pumping out 215 lbs/ft @ 8 lbs of boost.

07-21-2007, 06:55 PM
Sure why not, just add a turbo and a bottle of Nitrous, good to go. That oughta make some nice skid marks in your pants :D:D:D

07-21-2007, 09:55 PM
in the other thread about ecm theres 87 88 hp with just a clipon muffler..check it out tex..seems to be the biggest bang for the buck...even if its makes 85 hp is all the other money and tuning headacks worth it

07-24-2007, 10:37 PM
biggest power increases to my xb12r were the k&n filter and cutting the airbox open on the back side.
both cheap and noticeable

07-24-2007, 10:41 PM
next cheapest easiest thing is to get a tl1000

11-08-2009, 01:46 AM
TexasXB Im 32 miles north of Corpus Christi. If your ever in the area drop me an email . Did u ever get the Drummer? Im just going to modify my stock exhaust. My 09XB12R has plenty of power . Just needs a little more sound.

11-08-2009, 02:04 AM
check time stamps guys.

11-08-2009, 05:23 AM
I agree, Never seen this thread before.

If you want cheap power, buy over-sea's.


11-09-2009, 06:37 AM
You know I lost 20lbs since my accident a couple months ago (don't know how laying around doing nothing makes you lose weight?!?!). I can't wait to get back on with my 3 extra weight hp!

11-11-2009, 02:10 AM
i would recomend the hawk performance exhaust. you send him your stock exhaust and he does some cutting and welding to it he will not make you pay until it is on the bike and you like it. he charges 175 to do it.http://home.windstream.net/hawk63/ there is his website. he will stand behind it 100%.

11-11-2009, 02:12 AM
sorry that link was not clickable

11-11-2009, 02:17 AM
Who knew that after getting a colonic I could loose 5 pounds of 27 year old rotted crap and gain 3/4 a hp. It was so worth it. [cool]

11-11-2009, 05:56 AM
K&N, exhaust (drummer Spec hawk) cheap
Bore kits, air box mods, crankcase mods, carbon...ect
or just go buy a Jims 131 and make it fit into your bike and then overhaul it with goodies after you break it in then with the Jims you can get a procharger for 2-3k and that takes you over 200hp trq mark lol just your out easily 12k and figuring out how to make it all fit

11-11-2009, 06:57 AM

11-11-2009, 07:14 AM
or you could pour in some octane booster


11-11-2009, 08:58 AM
lmao!! Dave the guy with the gsxr will always have the most epic story.

11-11-2009, 02:34 PM
That is epic.:D

11-12-2009, 07:28 AM
Oh seeing that NOS I work in Dillons (grocery store) late night a few months ago two guys were pretty high and throughly convinced themselves that the NOS drink was going to work in his car and bought 10 and poured in the tank...his car was towed the next day lol

11-12-2009, 03:05 PM
there is a thread on a few import (car) sites about someone actually doing that. he was 100% convinced it was NOS fuel additive (in the refrigerator??) and put it in his gas tank.

11-12-2009, 08:19 PM
How is it, after the untold many vehicles that have been screwed up because of a NOS mixup, that no one has decided to sue them yet? (I'm no way supporting, just saying people sue over the stupidest thing - I can't believe no one's jumped on this one yet.)

11-13-2009, 02:42 AM
Dont forget the kid with the NOS drink in his bike because it was running funny and he thought it would help
i think he rode a GSXR

11-13-2009, 04:14 AM
usually motor work on harley motors cuts the life of the engine in half theres short term performance or long term performance 10 years down the road

11-13-2009, 08:58 PM
just goes to show how stupid people are:D

11-13-2009, 09:03 PM
I wonder if anywhere on the bottle it says only for human consumption i agree with supermanrider some 40yr old lady sued mcdonalds because she spilt hot coffee on herself and there wasnt a warning on the cup...[mad]