Well, its finally happening. All the months of preliminaries are over, and the old girl is in the shop as we speak getting open heart surgery. Trying to make the most out of what I already had bolted on, I've opted to make the following modifications: 1. Ported manifold 2. Dyno 3000 Ignition kit 3. Hypercharger & rejetted carb. This bolts in alongside the total engine rebuild (top and bottom) & the Vance & Hines Pro HS pipes. The work is being done by Adam and the boys at City West Yamaha in Hoppers Crossing, who have cared for the big cruiser ever since I bought her 18 months ago. Adam is quite enthusiastic about the job - I think he must enjoy the performance jobs a lot more than my usual "why is this bolt wet?" questions. Finishing this off is still yet to be decided. I'm looking at a Hellriser custom baffle & cap for the pipes to give it a little more roar, but still unsure at this stage (though knowing me, it will probably end up happening). Actual gains from this kit on the road are a little vague at present, but theoretically I should see about a 25% gain in overall horsepower. A stock XV1600 makes around 60 horses with 130Nm of torque. I should be seeing around 70-75 horses post-upgrade. Prior to this work being done, I had the suspension rebuilt. Went from the basic 13kg/cm rear spring to a 16.5kg/cm (730lb/in to 920lb/in) one. I also had the front shocks re-oiled with a heavier oil to prevent some of the diving at the front under heavy load, and to even out the conditions. This made noticable handling improvements immediately, with much surer tracking through the corners and a generally smoother ride. Still pending after all this is to replace the saddlebags with something a little larger for better touring. I've also got my sights firmly set on a Kuryakyn Tombstone bag, which will sit on the pillion set and attach to the sissy bar, providing needed carrying capacity and incorporates a lumbar support in it. Anyway, thats the story so far. I'll update this thread with some before and after photos shortly (well, I can do the before at least). Stay tuned.