919 Power Commander III impressions - journal
i bought myself a power commander III usb on eBay, got a good deal for it $122 shipped.
Talked to mcromo and he was really helpful with some great advice and some suggestions for starter maps.
He mentioned it would be a good idea to document my experience with it for others.
I have an 02 919 - currently has a stock air filter and has been debaffled. Thats it. The purpose of buying the PCIII was less to get more power then just to clean up the "snatchiness" in lower gears/rpm while cruising around town.
Installed the PCIII - it really was a breeze and would have been easier if i hadn't stupidly hack jobbed my wiring when doing a fender delete a few months ago. The PCIII instructions were telling me to look for a two prong opaque connector to plug into,i couldn't find it... it took me a bit to calm down and realize "oh yeah i hacked up the 2 prong opaque connector to wire in license plate lights under my seat" that and the seller forgot to include the little wire with an in-line splicer for the red-yellow wire on the ECU... made my own though took 2 minutes.
So got it installed, turned the bike to the ON position. Plugged it into my laptop and it was good to go.
Per mcromo i used the mw919-2stk map file first. Took the bike out for a spin. Now i want to preface this by saying i know there are a lot of variables to consider - temperature / humidity / what the actual condition of the seat illbot sold was in / etc.... as mcromo mentioned you need to take the bike out multiple times in multiple different conditions to get a feel for it.
Having said that i did notice the bike went through the revs 1-3k a lot cleaner... less jerkiness around town. I took the bike around for awhile and noticed a lot less hesitation in the lower rpms. Took it on the highway and felt the same... but its so hard to tell... if it was just me feeling confident and good and the bike was just running right or it was the power commander.
I am going to keep this map on the bike for awhile and probably saturday at the earliest switch to the 3STK map.
I also made a few cosmetic changes to the bike, i'll post some pics soon