Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Southern Maryland
The new bikes really piss me off with all the silly electronics. As an example, we'll use the KTM SuperDuke. This thing has a metric shit-ton of power and weighs nothing. So you don't kill yourself on it, it has a nanny electronics package of traction control, wheelie control, launch control, ABS... and all have various 'modes' of how nannied down the bike is. This little naked bike costs as much as a Chevy Malibu. Why? Because there are 6-8 grand in electronic gadgets on it.
The electronics take the rider's skill out of the equation. Mash the brakes as hard as you can and hold them... what happens? NOTHING. The bike stops.
Whack the throttle open and hold it... what happens? NOTHING. The rear tire won't break loose and the front end won't come up over a certain height.
I would prefer a $15,000 version without all the electronics and de-tuned to 125 HP, instead of 155 HP that the nanny won't let me use. I'll control it myself because that's what makes motorcycles fun and interesting. Why pay thousands of dollars for electronics when all I want to do is find a way to defeat them? Where's "OFF"?
The first thing I do when I start my truck... traction control off, tow/haul on, exhaust brake full on. Why? Because traction control is for pussies, I hate how soft and mushy the transmission is normally, and diesels have no engine braking. I would be fine without the TC, the trans should always behave like tow/haul, and the only modes needed are on the exhaust brake because when it's wet you need to dial it back.
Since people these days are a bunch of sissies, electronics are popular. So much easier than actually learning to ride that thing. One thing I just love about my bike is there are NO ELECTRONICS. No speed limiter, ABS, closed loop FI and O2 sensors... I do wish it had a rev limiter though (if you were to miss a gear at full throttle it would tach out past 6800) but I'm the one who got rid of that.
2006 Victory Kingpin
Lloydz 116" Stroker/Big Bore, .495 Cams, Torque Tubes Airbox,
RPW Thor Pipe, Lloydz ECU Flash, PC-III, PTS (-2), Rivera
Primo Clutch Spring, 31 Tooth Pulley w/Buell Belt.