Q. I like my Honda Hornet 900, but I was wondering if a Power Commander and a pipe might cure the vibes a bit?
I don't mind losing some power as it's got plenty and I already like the torque that it has.
John Andrews, email
A. Honda set the Hornet up very lean up to a quarter throttle to get through the current noise regulatiions before overfuelling it through the rest of the rev range to take account of possible low octane fuel in various markets.
A pipe won't make any difference to the vibes, but a Power Commander will address the fuelling and could possibly smooth it out in the process.
Before splashing out on a Power Commander I'd reset the engine in the frame by supporting the motor on a jack, slackening off the engine mounts, then lifting the engine a fraction so that the mounting bolts are in the middle of their holes before retightening them to the correct torque.