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Traction Control - Is it really a safty system?

1373 Views 5 Replies 5 Participants Last post by  DesperateSP2
For years I would mostly do street riding.
The years went on, the bikes replaced over the years, each time they were faster, sportier and more captivating.

The chassis became stiffer, the brakes stronger the tires became better and better.

Yet, as the years went on, the risk requiered to reach the same previous levels of Dopamin/spiritual sublimity increased.

While bikes improved the human being did not, yet the bikes were able to cover up more and more of its deficits.

In other words, even if you aren't that talented you can go much faster than what a more talented person could just a few years ago.
However theimprovment was limmited to the improvment of the bike.

However (and sorry for that lengthy prelude), TC changes all that more abruptly than other developments, as it obsoletes significant techniques like throttle control - speed will increase and the fatality of bike accidents will risen sharply.
Further more, the rider does not receive the same indication of unease of the bike itself due to the screen put by TC.

Thus the question I put to you:
Does TC can be considered a safty mechanism for street riders, or will it only increase the enthusiastic rider speed on the road, making him crash harder, faster and with a higher fatality rate.
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Think about World Superbike. When was the last time you saw someone kick out the back end of a motorcycle in WSBK. I honestly can't remember. They used to call Haga the King of Slide and I have yet to see him slide the rear since he last rode the R7.
When he was on a customer Ducati, last corner, Valencia - sick slides...

but yes, you have a point.

I wonder if you could get traction control to work so well that it could ruin the spectacle of dirt track like it has road racing? Seriously - what if it was possible to traction control a mile bike well enough to actually make it faster with the wheels in line? What a tragedy that would be!

Oh well - the march of technology can't take the simple pleasure of do-nuts and feet up powerslides on my play bike away from me. <I hope>
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