It was just a matter of time. I can see traction control along with braking software etc... making it into MotoGP and WSBK unless they regulate it out. Hey it's an fly by soon to be drive by wire world get used to it.. Traditionalist will cry foul but do you want Nascar type rules where the cars and technology have been frozen in time or do you want Formula One where technology rules??? If you are traditionalist maybe a Sportster series can be formed...
Traction control? V-twins have always had superior traction when accelerating, particularly when the bike is still leaned over coming out of a curve. It's a characteristic granted them by the motorcycle gods when they were first created. V-twin powered motorcycles are also lightweight and simple to work on. Does everyone still believe in Santa Claus? Due to all the inherent advantages, I expect the RC51 will once again be the motorcycle of choice for most privateers in AMA Superstock this year.
I know that when I went from an old car with rear-wheel drive to a new car with front-wheel-drive, traction control, and ABS, I thought it was a step down. Driving my old bike in the rain may require a bit more concentration, but it also connects me to the machine in a way driving on dry pavement cannot. I can feel every squirm and sqigle of the rear tire, and every scoot of the front. So, in my opinion, traction control would be a step backward for the motorcycle industry. Who here wants that vague, disconnected feeling on a bike? I know I don't.
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