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25 Jan 2021 update: I will write new update when the rewrite is at least partially done. Instead of one long post, there will be five posts that are more easily editable and linkable. There is a lot of work to do, because I will be research & adding data for the SpeedTek aRacer RCMini5.

Please bear with me; editing takes a lot of time and research also takes a lot of time. I will update it over time and will remove this message when the guide is exceptionally comprehensive.

At this time, unfortunately I cannot purchase any units for hands-on testing. Thus, my data is based on internet research.

I will update this post (and every post thereafter) with a "table of contents" linking you to each post's section contents.

This section regards:
  • Shipping & handling
  • Stock "performance"
  • Tuning environment
  • Gasoline quality
  • Regarding seafoam
Shipping & handling
Shipping and product availability will vary by manufacturer. If you cannot get your product of choice due to your location:

Buy Products That Don’t Normally Ship to Your Country With Parcl

Stock "performance"
  • Average performance for everyone, not excellent for anyone.
  • Restrictive ECU emissions settings
  • Lean means clean - means hot
    • A means to maintain catalytic converter efficiency (for unburnt fuel)
      • Built to eliminate emissions, not perform for our riding conditions
      • Manufacturers program the stock ECU to use the least amount of gas without causing permanent damage to the motor (lean means hot)
    • Stock performance - means lean AFR - means higher MPG
  • To properly tune your bike, you also need optimal airflow
    • Eliminate the major airflow restrictions
      • Stock exhaust
      • Emissions system
Tuning environment
With regard to developing a better machine, the Z-AFM module helps your motorcycle become the best it can be within the limitations of your riding conditions:
  • Elevation
  • Season (time of year)
  • Atmosphere (temperature, air density, humidity, precipitation, etc.)
  • Riding style (spirited, casual, commuting, racing, etc.)
  • Performance modifications (air box, air filter, exhaust, cams, etc.)
There are five systems that you will be interfacing with throughout this guide
  • Emissions control
  • Exhaust system
  • ECU (FT ECU or RCMini5)
  • Autotune (Z-AFM or AF1)
  • Fuel control (RCMini5, Z-Fi, or PCFC)
And with the technology you'll be using, you will have the opportunity to develop as many sets of fuel maps as you require for your machine.

You may notice a button on high-end motorcycles which select different "Ride Modes"; these buttons switch the ECU's fuel map and other ECU settings on-the-fly, to alter the ride-ability. These are utilized to satisfy different riding styles or specific riding conditions.

Gasoline quality
When you refuel, try to use the same company and always use the same grade of fuel which your bike was designed to run on; gasoline is mixed differently between companies, and the following is true:
  • Higher octanes have less knocking potential
  • Unless race-level engine mods are installed on your machine
    • Octanes higher than recommended won't add performance benefits
    • However, using clean, ethanol-free gasoline will increase performance (as compared to using 10E gasoline mixtures (up to 10% Ethanol)
  • If ethanol-added gasoline sits in your fuel tank over time
    • A phenomenon called "ethanol phase separation" will lead to murky performance loss
      • Gunk sitting at the bottom of your fuel tank is the first thing that is sucked into your motor
      • For ethanol-free gasoline, visit pure-gas (thanks, Gummy Shark Attack)
  • No-name gas resellers often lack the standard level of detergents; we must consciously choose "Top Tier" gasoline and ethanol-free pure gasto maintain motor longevity:
    • Help reduce the carbon deposits on the internals (fuel injectors, intake valves, piston tops, cylinder walls, exhaust valves, exhaust ports)
    • Also preserves piston rings (less sludge buildup on cylinder walls which stress piston actuation)
    • High-performance engines require cleaner internals
      • Performance engines (which also require higher octane fuels) utilize detergent
Learned from the video referenced on this post (Gummy Racing Shark) and this post (Tazmtl).

Regarding seafoam
The reason why SeaFoam is so great (and sometimes not a good idea) on high-mileage motors (cars, trucks, etc.) due to its ability to dissolve sludge.

It isn't realistic to expect motorists to fill up on Top Tier fuel throughout the life of a vehicle (and less realistic to expect them to know Top Tier fuel is an industry standard), so sludge buildup in regular passenger vehicles may be an expected standard among mechanics.

The use of SeaFoam is like a go-to for rehabilitating high-mileage motors as well as used like a maintenance item for DIYers. It is often mixed with oil, added to gas tanks, and ran thru the vaccum of brake booster lines to condition & soak the intake, combustion chamber, and exhaust ports.

The point of this rant: Use Top Tier fuel or clean, ethanol-free pure gas when you're filling up your R3.

Learn more about difference between grades of gasoline

Learn more about varying qualities of gasoline (I just learned "Top Tier" gasoline was a standard set by frustrated car manufacturers)

Additionally, when you develop data on any given fuel map, try to record data in similar riding conditions throughout each session to establish consistent data.

Your atmosphere won't be like that of someone else's atmosphere with similar season and elevation; the Z-AFM reads data from a wideband O2 sensor, which is a mix of YOUR fuel and YOUR air (variables based on geography).
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