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ninja14rider


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posted May 11, 2012 08:03 PM        
Got caught in the rain, KTRC worked flawless!

I was out riding Wed. afternoon, 3 miles from home, and got caught in a downpour. I closed the throttle, put power mode in low,KTRC in #3 (all while still rolling) and headed to the house. The road was puddling and very wet , but the bike was totally planted and stable. I am very impressed with how well to bike accelerated with the slick conditions with no tire spin. I hope I don't get caught in the rain too often on this bike, but sure is nice to know if I do, KTRC works flawlessly.
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zx12mark


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posted May 11, 2012 08:34 PM        
i have been caught in the rain more than i care to remember.traction control is a big plus to me.
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ninja14rider


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posted May 11, 2012 08:53 PM        
I've never owned a bike with TC. So this is a first for me. Very nice to have a bike with all this power, and be able to use it in all conditions. I like to go to the mountains at least once a year, for about a week at a time. The KTRC will be a definate piece of mind, Can be very nerve wrecking riding a 180+ HP "sport touring" bike in the mountians in the rain.
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mma-tv


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posted May 11, 2012 08:59 PM        
It's fun on gravel, too.
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Dale


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posted May 12, 2012 06:39 PM        
Glad KTRC performed well for you.
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imoXu


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posted May 17, 2012 09:06 AM        Edited By: imoXu on 17 May 2012 17:08
In Australia we get Traction/ABS standard.
It was one of the main reasons I switched from my 03 busa.


While I have had the traction control kick in plenty, today was the forst time ID had the ABS working on the front.
couple of days ago it was very wet and had situation with a car in my way.
Was breakng hard, so that I wouldnt die, and had the ABS give a few pulses on the way down to a stop.
Not sure what would have happened without, but it worked just as I had hoped.

There doesnt seem too much love for ABS from many of you, which I can understand for racing but for everyday riding I cant see why you wouldnt want it.

Loving this bike, much better than my 03 busa.

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TNID200


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posted May 17, 2012 12:37 PM        
I agree, it does a fine job in the rain. I did a 653 mile day trip last Saturday, and the last 200 miles were in hard pouring rain averaging about 75MPH. In Power Mode #1 and KTRC #1, it pulled very hard through the wet stuff and never gave me an concerns. In one area of moderate rainfall, I accelerated fairly hard up to 130MPH, and still didn't notice the KTRC intervention.

I've never run Metzelers before, but they did a good job even through sections of standing water on the highway. The two guys with me were riding Busas with Pilot Road 3's, which also seemed to do a great job with the water.

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cruiserman_83


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posted May 18, 2012 12:15 AM        
Question, i understand changing to tc3,i do it in the rain and on gravel roads, but what is the reasoning behind switching power modes?
not criticising, just curious.

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posted May 18, 2012 03:48 AM        
KTRC is great. I have been on a few dirt roads with TC3 and it really works very well.
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ninja14rider


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posted May 18, 2012 04:52 AM        
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Question, i understand changing to tc3,i do it in the rain and on gravel roads, but what is the reasoning behind switching power modes?
not criticising, just curious.


My '01 Busa and my'08 zx14 do not have these options, I was just trying them out. No real
reason other than to test them out in the rain. I normally would only have this new
bike out on nice days ripping up the asphalt. Love'n this power!
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cruiserman_83


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posted May 18, 2012 06:25 AM        
fair enough. it is my understanding that low power mode only reduces power at WOT abo e 5500rpm or something like that. if ypu are exceeding those values in rain/dirt, maybe you could be boarderig on being reckless. ivw got 8000km on mone and absolitly love it. dont care what the weather is doing
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posted May 18, 2012 06:33 AM        
TC3 drops power down to 75% and allows no wheel spin
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posted May 18, 2012 09:31 AM        Edited By: Quarter Pounder on 18 May 2012 17:33
my 08 has traction control also....it's called my right hand. Pretty soon the bike will do everything for you. Riding is INTERACTIVE, not electronic. But hey, to each his own.

3 miles in a little rain is not exactly wet weather riding. Try riding 400 miles in the rain...btdt a few times

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