After owning my SW for two riding seasons I bought the J. Costas variator and paid my local Honda dealer to install it. Total cost came to $375, and although it has made some difference, I don't think it was worth it. To me the difference is marginal and less than what I expected (maybe my expectations were just too high). I knew it would not turn the SW into a sportbike, but from everything I had read on several SW forums I did expect it to make a noticeable difference in acceleration, not just in engine sound. If your funds are limited, I say buy a new windshield or a Laminar Lip and get a lot more improvement overall and for half the cost of the new variator.