motorcycle traction control

What Is Motorcycle Traction Control & How It Works?

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Why do you need a motorcycle traction control system?

First of all, you will find the traction control system mostly in cars. In motorcycles, still, this safety system is in its early stage of development. However, the motorcycle traction control system is available only in high-end motorcycles. It is steadily becoming popular in low-end motorcycles.  This is because it offers greater control and safety.

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A brief introduction to traction control:

Generally, the traction control system prevents the motorcycle from drifting. It achieves this by controlling the power delivered to the rear wheel. Thus, it simply controls the rotational speed of the rear wheel. This drastically reduces the chances of drifting.

There are two categories of traction control in motorcycles. The first category is reactive while the second category is predictive. The name of the categories itself suggests its working. In the reactive type of motorcycle traction control, various components of the system wait until the spinning of the wheel occurs and then make corrections.

In the predictive type of motorcycle traction control, the ECU and various sensors read the data in real time and make changes before the wheel spins. The system continuously judges the probability. Also, it acts fast to avoid drifting of the motorcycle.

Different types of complex sensors and ECU functions are utilized. This doesn't allow the wheel to simply loose traction. Some of the sensors utilized include Bank angle sensor, gyroscope, throttle position sensor, gear position sensor, and vehicle speed sensor.

In conclusion, different manufacturers use different combinations of all these components in order to achieve smooth traction control. Some of these systems are so efficient that the rider simply won’t notice anything while the traction control works in the background. Hence, the rider doesn’t lose control even during off-road corners.

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