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Let me state for the record that there is nothing cooler than watching Superbikes or GP bikes spin up off a corner. Watching Nicky use the trottle is like watching Picasso paint. It's always beautiful, even if misunderstood.

That said, traction control is here to stay. It's on almost every sportbike that counts and will be on all the ones that don't. It takes a degree or two of finesse out, but cuts lap times and that's what gets pole. My biggest issue with it is solved with affordablity. So, why complain? It's here. It will be used and it's not going away. If it's only a grand and it helps privateers like #85 Ryan Elleby to compete then good. The guy can now concentrate on bigger issues, like not being lapped.
 

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Let me state for the record that there is nothing cooler than watching Superbikes or GP bikes spin up off a corner. Watching Nicky use the trottle is like watching Picasso paint. It's always beautiful, even if misunderstood.
There are some excellent comments on traction control in this month's CW. In the write-up on the Daytona races, Mladin is paraphrased as saying: "Do what you like, but the fast riders will go to the front." BTW, Kirk, the whole write up on Daytona was quite good. If you haven't read it, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Always more fun to read about stuff like that when you were there.
 

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There are some excellent comments on traction control in this month's CW. In the write-up on the Daytona races, Mladin is paraphrased as saying: "Do what you like, but the fast riders will go to the front." BTW, Kirk, the whole write up on Daytona was quite good. If you haven't read it, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Always more fun to read about stuff like that when you were there.
At the rate technology is going in a few years the bikes will ride themselves.
 

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At the rate technology is going in a few years the bikes will ride themselves.
Hell, they're already almost there! Now and again, you get one that decides it's had "enough" and makes a break for it..........

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I dig the calm demeanor of the dude next to the orange CBR.
 

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moron...............

Hell, they're already almost there! Now and again, you get one that decides it's had "enough" and makes a break for it..........

Failed motorcycle burnout

I dig the calm demeanor of the dude next to the orange CBR.
amazing, why don't they just learn to ride the dam* things instead of making complete fools out of themselves.
 

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Because making a complete fool of themselves gives them a greater sense of accomplishment than only making a partial fool of themselves?
Over-achiever..........
 

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At the rate technology is going in a few years the bikes will ride themselves.
I had a Grady-White boat with integrated GPS and autopilot a couple of years ago. Just for grins I set it up to go all the way through the canals to the inlet, and then over to Bimini. It wasn't completely automated; I did have to manage the throttle exiiting and entering the inlets, but I never touched the wheel. A couple years back, a $15M yacht landed on the beach about 50' from the jetty leading into Port Everglades. Capt'n fell asleep we surmised, (he jumped off the boat and ran to the park where he called a cab and vanished). Everyone figured it was a good thing he had some error in his GPS, else he would have entered the port and crashed into who knows what instead of the beach.
 

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Technology improves on all fronts, and there will always be a bit of pining for the days of old, but if the goal is to get around a track faster then the manisfestations of the competitive and creative engenuity of this sport is a given. Liter bikes are much more powerful than they were 10 years ago. Without improvements in the technology that puts that power to the ground, from suspension, tires, and now traction control, that improved power can not be efficently harnessed.

Does it penalize those that have the skill to better manage power sans traction control? Of course, but it also raises the bar in other areas for as an obsticle is reduced others become the new bottleneck.

Finally, traction control is a major aide in reducing the posibility of high siding while powering out of turns. Anything that will help me and my bike from doing an aerobatic exhibiton on the track is cool with me.
 
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