- Snow Bird - Summer S.E. Michigan, Winter Gulf Coast North Central Fl.
I think the worst case scenario will be having to buy another computer that is sealed by the manufacturer. But don't you know they'll up the price on them.
Completely opposite thought here. I believe that those that understand what's going on in those computers should be able to program them to their hearts content. Much like you can their aftermarket counterparts.
What's going on in there is way more than just a speed limit.
You can tune how the motor responds to your commands - as in custom tuning your PAS levels to suit yourself. That ability itself would be huge! How many times do we read where a rider complains about unsuitable PAS levels? You can limit the amount of power available to the motor, for economy reasons, and maybe with the needs of a minor in mind.
You mentioned wanting more power to enable hill climbing, but were not interested in more speed. The ability to program the controller would be a good place to start. As would a controller that was able to pass power from the battery to the motor in an effective manner, rather than provide a bottleneck/restriction.
Fine, have a default set of parameters from the OEM designed to allow the bike to perform as they think it should, and a way to return to those if/when a "tuner" screws up. But leave the controller unlocked, to encourage further development and allow room for customization by the user.