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post #1 of 15 Old 06-07-2019, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Brentuning tutorial video and short review

I did the Brentune on my 2016 recently and made a short tutorial video on the process. I can say that the difference in performance was significant for me and worth the cost. It truly woke my bike up, made the throttle much more responsive, smoother and removed all the flat spots in the RPM range. I'd strongly recommend using the handheld tuner from Brentuning as it allows you to install the tune without disassembling the bike and mailing the ECU to Brentuning. The whole process took less than 30 minutes. It's very simple and would be difficult to screw up unless you set out to do so.

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Awesome, thank you. Is this remote tuning available on 2018+ bikes yet or only on older models??
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Wait, so you can now do tuning for Brentuning? Meaning someone can send you an ECU?
Why don't we have someone that can do this in the 51st state of Canada..

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Awesome, thank you. Is this remote tuning available on 2018+ bikes yet or only on older models??
This is actually a good point to clarify. The handheld device is currently available for the '12-'16 tune. But not yet for the '17+ tune. For that you still need to send your ECU to Bren.

Last November, Bren responded my inquiry on the handheld availability:

"It's in the works, but most likely not any time soon. The previous gen ECU took a couple years to get working for reference."

Any updates on the handheld are welcome. I did my ECU over the winter, but I would opt for the handheld if I needed to re-apply the tune.
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Wait, so you can now do tuning for Brentuning? Meaning someone can send you an ECU?
Why don't we have someone that can do this in the 51st state of Canada..
Doesn't work that way, unfortunately. The device is vin locked to whatever bike has the tune currently. One at a time.
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On their website they show a bunch of partners. I assume that they simply use this tool to read/write the ECU maps.

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On their website they show a bunch of partners. I assume that they simply use this tool to read/write the ECU maps.
Yes, if you want to buy in to become a partner then you'll be able to use a single device for many bikes. Contact Brentuning for details on cost, etc.
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@av8r , you're a braver man than I am... I read about the tune for <'16 K1600 but Bren couldn't provide any proof that the tune does much, if anything, for the older K1600. All they told me was to expect 7-8 hp increase, which for that kinda money is mighty hard to justify. I may rethink decision if I ever see a before/after dyno run.

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7-8 hp increase . . . I may rethink decision if I ever see a before/after dyno run.

They claimed +18hp on the 2018+ tune. I have (and posted) the dyno results before and after showing that claim is BS. So, ya, I would be skeptical of the 7-8 hp on the 2012-2016 claim, too.
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@phat6 , I remember your post well; it added to my skepticism.

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