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post #11 of 38 Old 07-31-2019, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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So If I ride a hard pack gravel road like apache trail I would but it on 2?

It's pretty firm but the surface is loose.
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So If I ride a hard pack gravel road like apache trail I would but it on 2?

It's pretty firm but the surface is loose.
You don't say if you have dirt-bike-DNA ... So a usable answer might be; use #2 for sight seeing and survival mode and #1 for yahoooo mode.
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You don't say if you have dirt-bike-DNA ... So a usable answer might be; use #2 for sight seeing and survival mode and #1 for yahoooo mode.
Great question and perfect answer! I am far more comfortable on asphalt but have done more than a few miles crawling along on fire roads and hard pack gravel. I am no dirt biker. I can only look at them with amazment.

Have to say this has been eye opening. I looked with fear at the traction control like a caveman first seeing fire. First thing tomorrow morning going to flip it on.
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So If I ride a hard pack gravel road like apache trail I would but it on 2?

It's pretty firm but the surface is loose.
I love transitioning from paved to gravel in mode 1. It goes from trying to wheelie to hanging out the back wheel a bit. Fun stuff!

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Why would you not want that all of the time? It doesn't have an ignition mapping element so power delivery is not any different... Even when I'm hauling ass chasing sportbikes, I'd rather TC kick in sooner than later... I don't have any problem keeping up and will usually only see the TC light flickering briefly when I'm really hamfisted coming out of corners.
It's alway there in mode 1 just not as aggressive.

I like to crank it from standing starts where the bike is at the edge of wheelying. If I leave it in mode 2 then the traction control kicks in too early and ruins my fun. If I am taking it easy mode 1 or 3 wouldn't matter.

I almost never use mode 0 as I want the traction control to be there.

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If riding gravel roads or paved roads in the wet I leave mine on 2. On dry paved roads I switch it off completely. The motor runs slightly smoother at higher revs with TC off also.

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2 in the wet or on gravel but find it quite obtrusive in the dry.Use 1 most of the rest of the time and find it fine on a Vee.
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If riding gravel roads or paved roads in the wet I leave mine on 2. On dry paved roads I switch it off completely. The motor runs slightly smoother at higher revs with TC off also.
TC does **NOT** change the engines revs (unless you are spinning the rear tire all the time.) It just backs off the engine power if the rear wheels starts spinning a certain amount faster than the front. The "certain amount" depends on which mode you are in.

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Mine has never been out of level one, except last year when I was "backing it in" during the Daytona 200 (kidding). Level one works well for me on sand & pebble strewn corners where trucks and farm machinery have kicked out the detritus from the gravel shoulder. On pavement, I don't perceive any difference between 0 and 1 other than the TC light stays on.
Might just go to 2 now that I have 7,200 mi/11,600 km on the OEM Brigestones; wear bars are coming up...
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If I go "off Road" its actually road just without pavement. This was on another bike while I was out playing. It said road on the map so I went for it but it was about 16 miles of this.

One of my favorite runs is Apache trail and it has about 16 miles of similar surface. There is certainly a little sliding around

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