Bikes are coming with more and more electronically controlled features. Some like ABS, I think are fantastic. Others like a half dozen traction modes, I think are overkill. Why make a bike so powerful that you have to electronically limit the power so that the tires will hook up anyway?
Anyway, while I was out running around WV last weekend, I chased down a ZX-14 and we had a long, spirited ride through about 40 miles of twisties together.
So as it happens, I took a bunch of old MC magazines I wanted to read and toss and one of them had a review of the ZX-14. After following one around for a bit I thought it worth reviewing with an after ride beverage or three. Well, of course it is a wonderful, powerful sport-tourer, but what I found interesting was that it could be switched into a "lean" mode.
This hit me as one of those "duh, why didn't I think of that" features. If you've ever been out in no man's land with the gas gauge quickly approaching "E", being able to set the bike to run as efficiently as possible would really be useful feature. And to make it so with the press of a button, on the fly, is the way it should work.
Problem is, most bikes (especially big twins) come really lean out of the box. I guess it would be up to an aftermarket device to permit switching between a FI power mode map and FI gas sipper mode map.
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