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Scott Fontaine's Consulting & Guiding.
Whitehorse , Yukon
July 2, 2018
This is my comparison review of 2 companies
offering ECU upgrades.
I must clarify that it is not a comparison between 2 people, but simply
2 products available to the public.
I own a 2015 model C14 with the full AreaP system.
My initial ECU flash was installed by Shoodaben Engineering prior to the
Instalation of the full exhaust system.
This flash did make a noticeable improvement in low and midrange power,
however the on-off throttle transition was not as improved as I had hoped
After the Instulation of the full AreaP system, I had Shoodaben upgrade
the ECU to the appropriate flash.
The bike certainly felt fast but I was somewhat disappointed with the
overall results and in particular the low and midrange roll on.
I have installed full exhaust systems on other bikes in the past and understand
there can be low end power losses,
but I felt that there was more hidden in that motor.
After some additional research, I decided to try Ivan's Performance products
Flash which the company has developed for this Exhaust system.
The difference in the way the bike runs is simply amazing.
Considerably smoother at all rpms.
On/Off throttle transitions are absolutely immaculate.
Zero Decal pop.
Revs much quicker, throttle response is immediate.
Low and midrange roll on power is extremely strong, much better than just
a slip-on, and the top end power!! Wow.
I feel the bike cannot run any better, smoother or stronger, than it does
I will add that the service of both companies is great, and again this
is my opinion of two products.
You are welcome to use this on your website or Facebook page if you choose
Jeremy (Jerderr on the COG forum)
June 11, 2018
Okay guys, where should I start?
I guess by sending Ivan a big thank you for developing such a great and
Thanks again Ivan.
Now on to the review: - Concours
The name of the game is SMOOTH. Everything feels smoother. Shifting, throttle
response, vibrations are reduced, speed climbing happens FRIGGIN QUICK!
Be careful with this, or you will be seeing red and blue flashing lights
on your rear view mirrors very quick ;)
The first night i put on the ECU when I got it back from Ivan's shop (mind
you I'm in Canada, and shipping took literally 2 days,
Ivan had the ECU ready the day it arrived into his shop), I went for a
'quick ride' around my neighborhood; boy was it a quick one!
I was having so much fun with the newfound responsiveness and linear power,
I had trouble keeping my bike under 180 km/hr! (115mph).
Shifting gears is super smooth, which before was notchy and annoying;
Now I actually look fwd to riding 2 up with my GF and not be banging heads
every time I switch gears.
On that note, I like that I don't have to be conscientious constantly
about my riding to be smooth, which is a huge nuisance on the stock bike!
Now I just ride the thing, and it is smooth straight out. I feel like
an a$$, I should've done this as my first upgrade!
Mileage was pretty great, getting
consistently 47 mpg at 130 km/hr (80 mph) over roughly 200 miles.
Vibrations were reduced; the way I noticed this was that before my hand
would go numb from the buzz after 15 km or so,
and now I can hold the throttle for much much longer before that happens!
The engine decel reduction is one of my favorite aspects of this flash;
now when I let go of the throttle I don't feel like I'm gonna go fliying
over the handlebars!
Also, it is easier to be smooth in the twisties. I love how on-off throttle
feels so much better!!!!
When stock and going at supersonic speed and releasing the throttle, the
bike would "shake its tail" quite a bit before quieting down.
Now it does much much less of that, which is a huge improvement to me!
Downshifting is also so much smoother now, close
to perfection I would say.
The engine, and the way it feels, a whole new chapter.
Definitely running cooler (it was a warm weekend here in Ontario and I
didn't feel baked at no point, at all, even on traffic).
The engine literally feels 'happier' and freed, if that makes any sense.
It finally feels like the 1400 cc inline 4 that it is.
It delivers power linearly (and a lot of it). Torque is always there.
I did a roll on on overdrive, from 65 km/hr and was doing 120 km/hr in
I really love how it pulls with so much authority now. Honestly my friends
could not keep up with me on the twisty roads or on the highway!
If you are hesitating about doing this flash, stop hesitating and just
do it. You will be glad you did, as I am!
To be honest, it feels like I was given a new and improved bike! Smoother,
stronger, faster, and cooler.
Thanks Ivan, you outdid yourself!
Scott Sheaffer reviewed Ivan's Performance Products 2015
Concours 14 &
I just had my 2015 Concours 14 flashed by Ivan's.
I went out for a quick test ride and ended up being gone for several hours.
The bike runs cooler, smoother, with a whole new authority. It makes power
everywhere and the midrange, in particular, is just incredible.
My very first impressions were driveability like a spotlessly tuned carbureted
bike. There is cohesiveness between the throttle, motor, and chassis.
There is authority and tightness in the exhaust note, but it is not louder.
Engine braking is reduced and the transition from zero throttle to barely
on is very much like carbureted. This character remains in all the gears.
The stock bike was not bad, but this is a whole other level.
This is my second ECU flash from Ivan. My Vulcan 1700 Classic after the
flash runs (much) cooler, smoother, with an ease to it that is just "right".
(I went through just about everything to get that bike to run well before
I discovered Ivan's ECU flash.)
Like others have said, Ivan is knowledgeable, available, and clearly cares
about what he is doing.
I've ridden and raced and worked on my own motorcycles for 30 years and
I don't know of any tuning trick or part or service that comes close to
the results Ivan's delivers for the money.
John Ey reviewed Ivan's
Performance Products 2008
Concours 14 & 2014
October 17· 2017
First off let me start by saying how informative Ivan is & always
so helpful in answering all of my questions. I've had Ivan flash my ECU
on my 2014 Kawasaki ZX-14R. Drivability & power are awesome!! What
Just recently had Ivan flash my ECU on my 2008 Kawasaki Concours 14.
The best flash I've had by far!! I've
had pretty much everybody's flash & wasn't happy until
Ivan came out with his flash.
Would never go any where else again. Ivan's customer service is outstanding,
he called 2 days after I received my ECU to see how my bike ran &
how I liked it. AWESOME.
Thank you Ivan.
Kevin Hager reviewed Ivan's Performance Products
October 1· 2017
I got the ECU flash on my bone stock 2017 Kawasaki
Concours 14. I called beforehand and Ivan answered all my questions, and
described a little bit about what I can expect with the bike after the
flash. Turnaround time was about an hour after he received it from fedex.I
finally got a chance to ride it after the weather cleared up and went
out and put about 150 miles on it. The flash performs beyond my expectations,
more power everywhere, but especially in the low-mid range, pulls harder
coming out of the same corners, in the same gear as it did before, but
the biggest surprise to me was the smoothness, very slight throttle changes,
produce instant results, no hesitation anywhere, not a hiccup one, and
a lot less decel during gear changes.
Roland J Cannon reviewed Ivan's Performance
2017 Concours 14
& 2011 Z1000SX
August 31 · 2017
The Concours 14 reflash as well as the Ninja
1000 flash, second to none. Fast service, and perfection in tuning.
John Milligan reviewed Ivan's Performance Products
2009 Kawasaki Voyager
June 25 · 2017
I have read so many positive reviews on Ivan's
I thought I would risk Taking off the Power Commander V Fuel controller
that was installed on the bike when I bought it used (so throwing away
that $400.00 investment that the previous owner made and also risk sending
my ECU computer all the way across country to Ivan's. The ECU was back
in my 2009 Kawasaki Voyager in less that a week from removal and I was
back riding the following weekend with a huge grin every time I whacked
open the throttle and saw that I had 1/4 tank of gas remaining at 160
miles when the low fuel light usually came on. WOW I am sure glad I did
Kenneth Threet reviewed Ivan's Performance Products
2015 Kawasaki Z1000SX
September 2 -2017
Purchasing a bike with a known throttle issue
and only having forum comments and Facebook posts that this little shop
in N.Y. can fix it had me a bit concerned at the risk to say the lest.
After not being able to disprove his product, and Ivan himself answering
the phone and talking to me for what had to be 10 minutes I pulled the
trigger and very shortly after sent in the ECU. Tracking let me know they
shipped it back the same day it was received, wich today is almost unheard
After reinstalling it I had a hard time believing how much of an improvement
it made. I've had this bike from the Gulf of Texas to over 14000 feet
at the peak of Mt Evans in Colorado with out hiccup for a total of 21500
miles in just over a year now and am so glad I trusted in others.
Can't thank Ivans performance enough for the excellent work and look forward
to their new releases. HMM,...HMMM... Hint!!! 2017 N1K please?Kenneth.
Jon Johnson reviewed Ivan's Performance Products
Kawasaki Vulcan 1700
September 20 - 2017
Sent out my ECU last week. Have ridden over
600 miles already from sea level to over 8000 feet. Bike performance far
exceeds anything I thought possible. Performance is incredible. Mileage
has increased. I was very skeptical about sending my ECU across the country
but wow, IT is worth every penny. Anyone in So Cal with a 1700 Vulcan
can contact me and I will meet you so you can see how great this bike
runs now. K&N air filter, Cobra exhaust. No power commander, just
Ivan's remapping. Incredible. Thanks Ivan!!!!!!!!!!!
Adi Corrales reviewed Ivan's Performance Products
Yamaha Star Stryker
February 28 2017
Wow is all I can say. I sent my ECU for flashing
and the results are superb! Worth every penny and my bike behaves exactly
as Ivan's flashing philosophy states. This shall be the first mod that
any Star Stryker must do.
Robin Stotz reviewed Ivan's Performance Products
Kawasaki 1700 Vaquero
May 29 - 2017
Off the charts customer service and superior product, these people deserve
more than 5 stars. From Arizona to New York ,reprogrammed and back to
Arizona in 1 week flat wow. And this reprogram is like changing my Kawasaki
vaquero from an old Harley to a Goldwing. There is so much xtra power
and wow is this smooth it is so smooth it even makes the transmission
Burtris Bruce Beard reviewed Ivan's Performance Products ZX14R
May 28 - 2017
All three of my bikes have been tuned by Ivan. They all run great, I wouldn't
Matt Flaming reviewed Ivan's Performance Products
October 15, 2016 ·
Fixes all the wrong that Yamaha did to the ECU
on the FZ09... perfection
Joe Stroud reviewed Ivan's Performance Products Yamaha
May 22, 2016 ·
Ivan flashed my Yamaha FZ-09 for me after I was
not happy with the way it ran with another vendors flash.. .save yourself
some time, money and aggravation and just get his flash right off the
bat..there is really no comparison.
others may be cheaper, but they are cheaper for
Tom Bumpous reviewed Ivan's Performance
May 29, 2014 ·
His products do exactly what he says they will
do. I've used his well-developed parts for years with total satisfaction.
Ivan is the real deal...! If he makes a mod recommendation, just do it
because...he knows! He is easily among the best motorcycle tuners anywhere.