I am driving my ATAS DCT in USER mode. P1, EB3 and TC 2
And of course S1
And of course S1
This is the theory. I fully agree the more setting you have is the better. However when you set it to 4 .... that is perfect as far as you can see the road ahead.....no too early and not too late interference from the TC everything is just right. Then the road gets a little bit more slippery.... jus a little bit more. Ideally you should have setting 5 but only for say another 200 meters then the road surface gets better and may be setting 3 would be even better. You will not change it as you are riding. In old AT you would be in setting 2. Covering the theoretical 2 and 5 at the same time. Anyway. That was my last post on this. The experience in my group with the 8 levels of tc on their tiger 800 is that they leave it either in the middle setting or turm it off. Using only two of the potential 8. I do the same actually without having an agree,ent on it. Either level 1 or off. What is good that everyone finds the best that suits him/her. I still believe after riding a lot off pavement that less in this case is more.
I may be wrong but I thought the level of slip depends on the condition of the surface. Loose or hard, dry or wet....I never set the TC for the surface, more for the level of slip I'm happy with. I never try to adjust it as conditions change. On a newer bike with 7 levels I would ride a bit on 3, 4 & 5 to see which I preferred. Once I worked out how much slip I was OK with (probably 4 or maybe 3), I'd end up using whichever level that was or off. So after some riding to try out the levels, there would then be 6 out of the 7 levels that never get used.
I should update this post of mine. The bike I was talking about was fitted with Dunlop Trailmax (or Trailsmart? - anyway whatever the bike is fitted as standard). When they wore out I switched to the Battlax that is normally fitted as an alternative standard to the production bike. In the next 8k miles I had 3 occasions when the TC cut in (on tarmac). And the tyres still had a lot of life left in when I changed them back to Dunlops at 8k miles. Since then (3k miles) I have not had the TC cut in once. My tentative conclusion is that the Dunlops are softer than the Battlax and provide more grip and less life?My experience exactly. In two years and 30k miles I have never noticed the TC engage even once, and it's been left in the default (max) position for all that time. Today I was hammering around rough Yorkshire C-roads with big potholes and a fair bit of gravel No TC light at all. Then we went on pure gravel and stone across the top. Again no TC kicking in - mind you I am not an experienced off roader so I wasn't using much throttle. I have had the rear abs kick in once or twice in 2 years but not since I moved the brake pedal down to a more controllable position.
Unless you have traction control, in which case the bike reduces the power to the rear wheel to limit the slip. The amount of slip allowed before the system intervenes is what you control by changing the TC setting. In my experience TC3 (out of 3) allows so little slip that it feels like the bike has no power, TC2 allows some slip but not too much, TC1 allows quite a bit of slip before reigning it in so you can get the tail out quite a bit. Of course TC0 allows all the slip you want and maybe more than you want if you aren't careful. Without trying it I can't be sure if I wouldn't like maybe a little more slip than TC2 offers, though I find TC1 to allow too much.I may be wrong but I thought the level of slip depends on the condition of the surface. Loose or hard, dry or wet....