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I have been riding since I was 5 and had to slide off the seat of a Rupp 1.5 hp minibike to reach the brake. Rode a Yamaha XS400 in High School then started living in big cities and over seas where owning a bike was too dangerous or just impractical. I finally bought a new 2004 XL1200C when I spent a couple years back up in WI and brought it out to Vegas with me 10 years ago. Put 40k on the odometer and made it unrecognizable to guys who sold them. Blacked out the chrome, jockey shifter, apes, lots of hand made add ons and off the shelf performance upgrades. Rode it to Sturgis 4 times, 1080 miles each way and once even did the iron butt straight back. Never really felt the bike fit me but loved the way it handled.

I got a chance to test ride a couple touring models when the new frame came out and fell in love. It was like the bike was built for me. Almost bought a Road Glide every year since but other things came up till now. Mid August of this year I sold the Sporty and got my 2015 Vivid Black RGS. The price was right and I got their .99% financing so I bit. One of the toughest things about changing bikes is that I had spend soooo much time on making that XL mine and now I had a totally stock bike again. Luckily I have my knowledge of what works as well as the massive collection of information on the web to help me from buying parts over and over like the last time before finding what works.

I began my research a few weeks in advance since I knew I what I was getting but wasn't quite ready to buy yet. This forum was one of the main sources of help for me since the 15 is a new beast but a lot have gone before me. I knew what I really needed first so I could keep the search small but there are certain things every stock bike needs to be comfortable as a good long distance ride. Windshield, seat, grips and bars are essential. If one of those isn't right for you it will be a bad ride.

The proud new owner.


I started with the windshield since it was fairly easy to pick and would help even on shorter runs. Freedom Shields has a great rep here, they have every inch of size covered and a good price. I went with the 14" after a lot of measuring and dark grey tint for looks. It showed up about a week after I ordered it, looks and works great. Here is a shot of me on the highway with it installed. They say it should be level with your mustache area and it comes up just a little below so my first mod was a success in my book.



With that taken care of I started to look at grips but HD doesn't make the style I like anymore and nothing they have now intrigues me. The aftermarket stuff hasn't hit me yet either so I decided to wait till at least Vegas Bike Fest to see if anything looked better in person.

I wanted to nail down a solid Stage I setup since the HP and Torque numbers are pretty bad stock and the sound is kinda sad. I loved the V&H Sideshots I had on my Sport but not the right look or sound for my RG. I've always thought the Rinehart sound great but everyone has them and I need to be somewhat different. Started seeing a lot of good things on Fuel Moto and decided to spend time looking at the Jackpot pipes. Literally days of searching for video and listening to different pipes as well as studying hundreds of dyno sheets gave me a solid plan.
 

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Tracking my Fuel Moto experience

Wednesday evening (past CST business hours) I placed and order with Fuel Moto. I grew up 20 min from Little Chute, WI so it was great to support the home crowd. Their website is easy to get around and has a lot of great info. I've been on it almost everyday for the last week and filled my cart many times but I finally went through the checkout.

Shortly after placing my order I received a confirmation email. First thing Thursday morning I got an email saying my order was being processed. A couple hours later I was informed my order was complete and I got emails from UPS and FEDEx saying my order was shipping. So far Fuel Moto is hitting high marks in my book as everything was taken care of within hours of their shop opening and I have been kept informed at every step. I will update as things arrive but I should be receiving the Jackpot SPC 2/1/2 head pipes, 4.5" Pro Tour slipons, their stage 1 air box system and the Power Vision tuner with my customized map preloaded.

I just need to run the bike another 500 miles and get the 1000 mile check up done which I'm hoping will be completed next week end. If all goes well I should be at Stage I by the first Sunday in September, just after my birthday.
 

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Giving up a bike you have made a part you is a hard thing. When me and the wife got together 5 years ago I described to her my dream bike. She actually found it for me. Very little changed on it over the time I owned it. Just placed some of my personality on it. A couple of weeks ago things happened that required an immediate finacial change. Part of that was trading my bike off to lower payments. Turns out I did ok. I ended up with a '13 that is going to make a great ride.
 

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Congrats on the new ride. Welcome from Maryland.

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Jbl gto638

Thanks guys, loving it so far but it isn't really mine yet. The guy that bought my old bike rides with us now so it is like seeing an ex before I'm used to my new girl.

Anyway, I followed the forum advise and bought the JBL GTO638's to replace the stock speakers. Not a big change but I've been a JBL fan since my younger days working concerts and building car stereos. Just looking at the difference in the driver size they should be able to put out some decent sound when I get an amp to push them.


It's been documented here before so I won't spend a lot of time on it but the swap is very simple and only takes a couple minutes. Pull the cover off, unscrew the 4 #25 torx screws in each speaker and remove the power connectors. Reverse for install and enjoy.

The empty cavity


I made sure the tweeters were both to the inside. The higher the frequency the more direct the sound wave. Always try to have the tweeter as close to aiming at your ear as you can. As the frequency gets lower it matters less
 

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Fuel Moto tricked me

When I got the emails confirming shipping I didn't pay attention to the dates. Two packages were coming UPS and were scheduled to deliver on Friday which I assumed meant next week cause how could something ship from WI to Vegas in one day. Well to my surprise two boxes showed up today. How is that possible? Tear in the time space continuum? Black hole? Apparently Jackpot has stock in CA and they shipped from there.

I'm still waiting for the AC and tuner which deliver early next week but I'm not installing till the next weekend after my Friday scheduled 1k oil change anyway. It is always fun to open boxes though.


 

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Got everything from Fuel Moto on Tuesday so I'm ready to go Stage I. Played with the Power Vision a bit, plugged it in, set some gauges and tried out a couple mounting locations. It comes with a handle bar mount which is fine for temporary use but I wouldn't leave it there. It also comes with some Velcro but the RG doesn't really have a good spot to stick it. I'm gonna try and fab up a bracket possibly using a speaker screw or two to mount it next to the fuel gauge. I'll detail it later if I get it to work.

I ordered a couple cosmetic pieces that came in and got mounted but pics will come later. A company called Figure Machine makes a bunch of c&c stuff but mostly pegs, board inserts and clear covers. I bought the set screw shift pegs and brake pedal. They are worth checking out. Figure Machine USA - Machined Motorcycle Components

I am scheduled to do my 1k early tomorrow and if my calculations are correct I will have exactly 1000 miles as I roll into the service doors. Hopefully by tomorrow night I'll have everything on and I'll be converting gas into noise like a boss.
 

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Here's the pics of figure machine set screw pegs and pedal.



I might try drilling the stock board inserts to add matching screws. Haven't decided yet.
 

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Did the Stage I today, took about 4 hours but I wasn't in a rush. Went fairly easy other than the bolt that holds the exhaust to the trans bracket was cross threaded. I was surprised to find Velcro holding the a/c cover insert.



Really just strip it down and slap parts back on.

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New pipes on.



Power Vision married my bike.
 

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Took it out for a ride and it sounds sick. Fairly quiet when you are in the lower rpm and easy on it so you can definitely roll through a neighborhood without angering the old folk. Get on it and it barks loud and deep. These are my new favorite pipes. Has a real crack to it but rumbles low.

Got out to a "country" road that has a 65 mph limit and gave it a good off the line run. My 0 to 60 would have sucked but only because I spun the tire and got a little sideways. Really great power. I think I would need better tires before I did any engine work.

According to Jackpot I should be around 90 hp and 106 tq. Maybe I'll get it dynoed sometime at a rally or a local but numbers aren't as important as smiles in my book. Very pleased with the whole system. Another satisfied Fuel Moto customer.
 

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Started playing around with the Power Vision tonight. The software in the box is way out of date and doesn't have an update option in the program. It really shouldn't even be included in the package since if you don't have the ability to download a small file you probably don't have the ability to use the tuner to begin with. Not a big deal, 20 seconds later I had a version installed that was compatible with the map preloaded.

You really don't need to connect to a computer anyway but I want to use the basic autotune feature and I'll feel more confident having an offline backup of the tune Fuel Moto gave me. I was also able to upload the original tune to another slot although it looks like the original will be unaltered in slot 1 as well as the stock tune which is saved automatically when it all started.

So you plug the tuner in, enable autotune in my case basic and whenever you start the bike and want it to learn you enable datalog mode. It gives you a screen with a grid of boxes that fill up as you show the tuner how your bike is performing at that point. The tuner decides if you fuel, spark, timing, etc are correct or stores the change until you call it a map. Flash the ECM and you are on your new tune.

I like the fact that I can now let the tuner learn summer and winter tunes or any other variables and have them at the ready for me to load.
 

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After a couple trips my Power Vision Autotune Datalog was pretty full. It said I had 444 cells complete. Really I had a large chunk taken care of with the first ride to work after 12 miles in around 20 min. It's a good mix of suburban, highway and city driving and I tried to hit every driving style. The stuff that was weird to fill is the low RPM high MAP. Basically you have to run 6th gear and lug the engine to cover it. Probably didn't need it and I didn't hit half of it but its done.

So I loaded the new map before I rode back home the second day and it seemed smoother around idle and quicker in the 3 to 4k ranges. Might just be in my head, haven't pulled the maps to look at them on the computer but there's no weird spots or stuttering.

I also made a bit of an impulse audio upgrade. The JBL speakers are nice but I've decided they weren't going to be enough to cover the level I am shooting for. I ordered the Hawg Wired amp and speakers. All of the research I did told me the GTO638 wouldn't cover the power of a good amp so they will probably end up in my Jeep where I can use a lower power but nice sounding speaker.

I also ordered a set of Road6 13" apes in black. I'm not interested in any radical bends or sharp angles on this bike so I was looking for something close to stock but taller. Nothing flashy, nothing expensive and the install should go somewhat smooth. I've done bars before and extended wires and cables, none of it is fun but if you can avoid replacing everything it's not as bad.
 

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Installed the Road6 apes tonight and the HD Streamline grips. I wasn't as excited as I should have been for these grips, nothing out these days really says RGS to me. They might grow on me, I like the way they feel at least.

I was a bit surprised at how tall the 13" look. Feel great for me at 5'11". Install wasn't too bad other than the throttle sensor connector was a pain without the proper tool. I got past it and hopefully won't have to deal with it ever again.

 
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