first off a known scientific fact: Anything fun costs more than $8.
So, I did try riding the bike as is, and the TC is brilliant. After having to hold my TC button on the actual dash for six years on my tenere, just to turn it off, every single **** time...the AT was a blessing.
This doohickey is not for everyone. For guys that road ride, or gravel ride, it's not an issue, but I saw it first hand when Richard just about took a bath in a river, after he stopped to take a picture of our other riding buddies, fired the bike back up and off he went into a stream with TC3 on. I was on the other side of the stream taking pictures...it was a slow motion disaster about to happen. Luckily he stabbed away at the TC button and got it through the drink.
Below stream in question...v-strom in action
It might not happen to you, but if you ride the bike off road, it will eventually catch you out.
To the people that gripe and moan about cost. It's not a straight forward inline switch. R&D takes time and money, not to mention mad skills.
Richard simply wanted to build one for himself. And if he can to re-coup his time and money.
I suffer from T-Rex syndrome (aka: KLR syndrome) like many of you here, but I simply cannot put something like that together myself. I know my limitations, and this is well beyond them.
On a side note, he also designed a very decent aluminum rear rack, side tool tube, and he's currently cutting some 22mm and 27mm axle wrenches for me.
BTW..The TC switch is for manual models only..