I have recently purchased a Yamaha XSR900. I love pretty much everything about the bike, but I am planning a bunch of customizations to make it my own. Mostly cosmetic. Some not so much.
One of the more drastic changes I’m considering is making the fuel tank bigger. Most fillups are only 11 or 12 litres. Under the fake gas tank panels we have the actual tank, and a giant air box. So my idea is to take out the air box, replace with small pod air filters, and build a new, much bigger fuel tank to fill the extra space.
Now I do know that a motorcycle air box does a lot of very magical things and it is generally considered better to keep it. Typically the only serious reasons to replace it with pod filters is for looks, or for power (if your lucky) because your racing the bike, both come with the cost of poor driveability (flat spots in your power curve, no low end torque, whatever).
So here is my question. If I put pod filters on, I loose my air box magic. But if I bring my bike to get tuned and tell them I’m not looking for absolute power. I just want to keep driveability, and don’t even care if I LOOSE a little power (since the XSR has power to spare). Will it work? They should be able to tune the bike to have torque in all the right places right? I might be loosing some of my top end performance, but my bike can still run nice can’t it?
It’s been hard to find much info on this, mainly people talking about pod filters want the look or want to race, neither care about driveability. Thanks for the help!