Better highway cruising: which way to go?
So I realize there is a number of threads on this subject, yet I want to start a new one because I am trying to figure out one of several paths to take with what I want to do. I have taken to going on my VL800 on roughly hour long highway runs and would actually love to go on longer touring trips, but at any speed above 65-68 it requires the throttle to be open more than is comfortable both from the hand position and the amount of vibration it causes. As far as I can tell, my options are:
1. Get a DJ drive mod. Seems like a VR member by the name of Cory sells them currently for about $400 plus shipping and that they do help. If I understand correctly, the kinks have been worked out and it’s pretty much a bolt on except the fake swing arm piece, which would require serious modifications to add back. You lose 14% or so acceleration for 14% lower engine speed at highway cruising. Not a bad deal as the scoot has enough get up that I don’t think it will be too noticeable.
2. Get a different exhaust and jet kit, plus possibly a different air filter. I don’t know much about the specifics of this option for this bike. It seems a different new exhaust would run me about $500+, and then a jet kit for a bit on top of that. I don’t know if the OEM filter can be replaced with a freer flowing one or if I would need a whole new intake. If possible I would like to keep that and the PAIR valve as stock as possible.the upside of this mod would be all around more power. Seems like the rule of thumb is 20% is quite possible. Downside of course is it’s more work and could theoretically not be as good for the engine.
3. Get cushier motor mounts, saddle rubber feet, gel grips, and a throttle lock. Reduce vibration at higher engine speeds and not worry about it being higher RPM. Advantage here is that except motor mounts this is the easiest and cheapest mod.
4. Do both #1 and #2. Advantage here is that it’s the best of both worlds. On paper I would end up with roughly the same acceleration as well as a significantly higher top speed, and even more importantly better cruising speed.
Which way should I go? Is it worth it, or should I just start shopping for a Goldwing now?