A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO MOTORCYCLE 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 (like our GRIPONE S3 and GRIPONE S4).
In the predictive type of motorcycle traction control (like GRIPONE LEONE), the ECU and various sensors read the data in real time and make changes before the wheel spins (or immediately when it starts). 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 traction control systems 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. Anyway our traction control systems can be heard because we think that it can be helpfull to the rider understand when he is close to the limit.
HOW TO SETUP A MOTORCYCLE TRACTION CONTROL
The traction control setup can be different according to the weather condition or according the rider level. Traction control for rain condition is made to compensate the low level of grip. The “sport” riding may need different level of sliding compare “street” riding. For example an expert rider can use the sliding of rear tyre to turn the bike when coming out of the corners. A street rider instead need more support because the level of grip of asphalt can change quickly (for example when you meet dust or wet patch in mountain road). Many traction control systems (like our GRIPONE) should offer a remote controls (like buttons) to change the sensitive of system making in real time.