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I got my Ninja 1000 not to long ago and I read the manuel on how the power mode and traction control work. This got me thinking what guys ride on and when? Has any one played with this, or seen a big difference?
 

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reduced power mode is a massive difference.

traction mode - I usually keep mine in '1' if you leave in '3' you will see the 'nanny' light come on (a lot). I have not really spent any time 'off' as the roads have been poor pretty much since I got it.
 

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The low power mode is fun... For about 10 mins. It's like riding the 650, pinned everywhere. Not sure I'll ever really use it for myself again. I leave my traction control on 1, but haven't had much seat time to play with off, 2 or 3.
 

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I run full power. with KTRC Off. if raining i will use setting #1
 

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Thanks for the input guys, this is a dumb question but why would it be appropriate tu want to lessen the power output to 70% rather than the full 100%?
 

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Maybe for riding in wet conditions or on stone roads, or with a passenger to help keep the front down. Only my guess, but I think the manual has suggestions as to when it would be a good idea to use it.
 

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I mostly use L power with TRAC 3. I enjoy the Mode F and Trac 2 a lot but i really dont push my bike too much so i enjoy save gasoline at the same time.
 

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Thanks for the input guys, this is a dumb question but why would it be appropriate tu want to lessen the power output to 70% rather than the full 100%?
Definitely for use in the rain.
 

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Thanks for the input guys, this is a dumb question but why would it be appropriate tu want to lessen the power output to 70% rather than the full 100%?
I have a friend who has never ridden anything bigger than a 400. I've offered to let him have a ride on my bike, and I'll set it to low power mode for that. It will be the only time I will ever set the power mode to low I think.
 

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I'm thinking about buying a Ninja 1000. I wasn't able to find any detailed information about how the TC and ABS work...or when they might not. I was hoping Kawi would provide a download link for a manual but I didn't see that.

Are there situations in which ABS and TC do not work at all or very well? IE will it save your skin if, while leaned all the way over, you give it full throttle...or brakes. Also, does the Ninja have any sort of wheelie control?

Thanks!
 

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I ride fairly briskly and am generally to lazy to reset the tc from mode 1 to off every time I ride..

The front end wiggles... just a tiny bit with tq on clutchless hard shifts. With it off the front wiggles twice as much. It has not proven to be the uncontrollable wheelie monster that I expected a liter bike be coming from super sport 600's. It's a big baby.

I have never had the where-with-all to look at my console to see if it is working when leaning in the twisties... but my fairings are still shiny so I am pretty happy with whatever its doing or not doing :)
 

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Have you ever fully leaned a motorcycle over underway and given full throttle...?
No because I know what would happen if I did. I race my car, I have a solid understanding of what can cause a break in traction and how such an incident would be much more problematic on 2 wheels.

My question was just an exaggerated potential example. If the road is wet or there's sand in a curve you could have the same problem occur with much less lean angle and throttle...
 

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Full Lean--

Gbinco

Well its good to hear...if you did it only once you probably would have gone down hard unless you are a pro gp star...the only sliding I do is by accident. Its amazing to see the pros slide in turns during hard throttle on the asphalt.

The traction control feature probably is not going to activate and prevent crash at the point in time you stated. I know it hinders front wheel raise under hard acceleration through the first couple of gears when set for interaction. I don't have any data about my personal experiences...perhaps others can comment. Ride safe, have fun.........
 

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Thank you mrsand. That is helpful info. I'm really excited about the bike and hope I can wait until I have enough funds saved.

Yeah...the pros are something else. I watch every motogp race in disbelief.
 

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I'm waiting for Ivan to come out with a full upgrade package so I can ride around in FullPlus!
 
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