Traction control is one of those amazing technologies that is difficult to completely appreciate because it only comes into play in extraneous cases.
Offroad this is less so, but on road it is very much the case.
My question is about the 2017AT Traction control.
I believe that from 2018 and on the traction control on the AT's changed since the ride by wire change.
I rode one of these bikes off road and tested the traction control and found it worked completely differently that on my bike. It dialed back the power in a smooth almost fake de-throttle way.
On my bike, the traction control makes the engine "splutter" by cutting ignition (as I understand it) and thus cutting power when rear wheel slip is detected by the system.
Now to my case.
I have an intersection I regularly go through near my home. I cross a busy road and then have to go over a slightly raised pedestrian crossing right after the intersection.
I am usually gassing it at this point and on dry warm days, I overdo it to hear that engine growl a bit.
The pedestrian crossing is only about 3m (9ft) wide, and I am easily doing 30-40kph (25-30mph) in 2nd with the throttle pretty generously applied as I go over. This is plenty enough to get the rear wheel to slip.
So the classic splutter starts, but I noticed that if I do not let off, the splutter continues afterwards till I let the throttle go. Even when I am back on the road and am not expecting the power input is enough to keep the back wheel losing traction.
I have tried with various levels of deceleration once the traction control kicks in but it seems I have to reverse blip the throttle to cancel out the traction control effect.
- I am doing this with level 3 (full) traction control.
- Since I am dramatically accelerating in these improv tests, I cannot keep gassing it. The road only has a 50kpm limit!
Now I do not want people to think the system is terrible.
I have learnt how to use this off road and it has saved my skin several times.
It works very well on sharp uphills with poor surfaces to get going and keep momentum.
It is the on road effect I am referring to here.
My question is:
Is the traction control system in the 2016-2017 deficient in this regard?
Has anyone else experienced this?
Am I imagining this?
p.s. I love my AT and do not consider this a defect. It is more a curiosity itch I would like to scratch.