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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
It's a fairly straightforward procedure, the only downside to it is you have to use inferior (and by that I mean they don't filter as well, not talking about performance here) filters, which will allow more dirt into your engine. That part has been proven in tests. I'm just going by the "common sense" method in coming to the conclusion that more dirt in the engine means accelerated engine wear and reduced engine longevity.
It does simplify things, and I love simplicity. I have removed the complete CA evap system, the complete air injection system, the clutch and sidestand safety switches, the rear throttle cable, the license plate bracket and light, and even the right front brake (which besides simplifying things, actually improved braking feel and performance for me). In other words, I removed most of the things that either served no purpose and looked bad to me, and/or were actually detrimental to the performance of the bike. But I kept the complete stock intake system, mainly because of the filters, but also because I actually like the ears. I am mainly a long distance highway rider, and rack up a lot of miles (71,000 on my '02 so far), and I want my engine to last as long as possible.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike