I was feeling a little restless today after work, so I decided to take the Sporty out for a quick ride and see for myself if the gauge cluster interface for my iPhone worked as good as Vance & Hines claims it does.
Except for the fact that it takes a minute or two to sync to the bike (like everyone else I know, a minute can feel like an eternity some days), it worked exactly like it’s supposed to.
Once it syncs, it seemed to work flawlessly.
You have a few different options you can choose to view information like RPM, MPH, engine temperature, and the condition of your battery, so your not married to the view I chose. I’m sure it chews up a little bit of battery life (the battery on my iPhone was toasted after the hour I spent on the road, but I think it was pretty well spent before I left), but unlike some other integrations I’ve seen for the IOS, this works very well.
When I installed the Cobra PowerPro HP 2-into-1 exhaust last month, I installed the FP3 at the same time. I’ve been playing with the settings to come up with the right map for the bike with the next exhaust, but I don’t know if I’ve found it yet.
That being said, I really like the exhaust so far. I feel like there is more horsepower, and don’t think it’s confirmation bias. I’ve spent some time running up the same canyon roads I’ve ridden before with the stock pipes and feel like I have a little more umph. I also feel it on the freeway on-ramps and other times when I needed a little acceleration.
I was going to try the auto-tune function of the controller today, but I didn’t know how accurate it would be in the cold, so I decided not to. Since I had never tried viewing the real-time data the FP3 can share, I did that instead.
I wasn’t the only somewhat crazy guy out in the cold today though, another rider in a vintage BMW was also on the road enjoying a little seat time. It was a few degrees above freezing, the roads were dry, and the sun was out, so winterizing the bike this way made a lot of sense. I’ll plug it back into the Battery Tender before I go up to bed tonight. I keep the bikes on the tender all year long, but especially this time of year, when the temperatures drop to freezing or below at night, it can really suck the life out of a battery.
Back to the FP3. Would I buy it again? Yeah, I think I would. I don’t think I have the bike totally dialed in, I think I need to take advantage of the auto-tune function, but so far I’m pretty happy.