August 25th, 2010, 03:35 AM
Joined: Jun 2010
From: Andover, UK
Re: Buying a new old stock 2010
I'd agree with squizz, dealer 1 sounds like the better option as at least you know he's made the investment to buy the programming tool, which probably means that you're more likely to find people there who are better able to support the bike if you have a problem or want advice on upgrades etc. You should also be able to get a feel for that by talking to both dealers and asking a few general questions to see if you get sensible answers.
I have the 2010 FE rather than the FX, but the engine's very similar if not identical between the two and it's the best engine I've ever ridden. They do come out with updated maps from time to time to improve the engine performance and fix minor problems, so it may be that dealer 1 is saying the bike he has in stock has an old map on it and he's going to upgrade it to the latest map before you buy, which you would want doing if there was a newer map. I don't know for sure, especially not about the FX, but I think the map that originally came on the 2010's was pretty good anyway and better than that on the 2009s (so most owners of '09s have probably upgraded to the newer map by now). If he's actually talking instead about making changes to the standard mappings, you might want to do that but I don't know how many people actually do as the engine's just so sweet to start with.
The 3-position mapping switch selects one of three different maps in the ECU to vary how aggressive the power delivery is. The connection for it is built in so you'd get that anyway, but the switch itself is normally an optional extra at additional cost (not a huge amount). Worth having as it does make some difference so you can soften the power if you're riding in really tricky conditions.