Block off plates mod was handled last night in anticipation of the dyno tune.
With a tune I'm looking for rideability, not performance gains. Otherwise, I would have spent $1,000 more on a full ti system. For every 2 people that say a tune isn't needed when pre-chamber and stock silencer are replaced with a pipe and slip-on 5 people say it is. I think the naysayers think it's not needed because there is not much HP to gain and those in favor are looking for rideability (or are looking for performance gains that exceed what is possible). I'm in the rideability camp, but I already stated that.
While Kawi dealer says my choppy throttle is within spec, I've taken a spin on 2 other 2013's and they both are smooth as hell compared to mine. Note: This inspection by the dealer took place with bone stock setup.
So I'm a little desperate to try the tune option, which a reputable tuner says he can fix or it's half off. He has already run the bike on a dyno fun run, of which the cost will be deducted from the tune, and feels good about correcting the problem. Hell, I'll settle for a 30% improvement. If not, I'll either take a last ditch effort with woolrich ECU flash or ditch the bike and say goodbye to Kawi.
Anyway... I don't know where/how my specific situation has been tackled as many times as you state... and I did use the search function. Just trust that I'll either rub it in your face if you're wrong or take my lumps for a failed attempt at happiness if nothing changes.