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MCN  says:

Which electronic rider aid would you most like on your bike?

It's hard to find a top-of-the-range bike these days without multiple electronic aids, from variable mapping to traction control. But which ones of these do you most want to see on your bike? Maybe you're on a sports bike a few years old, or a 125 commuter; what would be most useful to you every day?  

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  • Posted 326 days ago (04 September 2013 11:53)

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Jul 06

Posts: 57

edmundolf says:


NONE ive done without them all these years so why would i want them now..


I agree with you mate.  ABS might be ok but i just got new van this year an hate the way it kicks in so early. Direct replacement for old non abs van and can break much harder in that wet or dry.

Thats the problem with tech. Its always sold as a step forward even when its not for the vast majority but still peeps fall for it. I still want it to be me in charge of the machine. Any get offs ive had would not have been saved by any of this new age stuff, even abs.

Had scary moments but always been ok. Makes for good stories down the pub. If it all gets to sane it gets a bit safe and boring. I like the percieved risk element. Keeps me sharp and keeps it exciting.

Most important is ride to your ability and to the conditions and then you really dont need this stuff. IMHO


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Jul 09

Posts: 142

burningbush says:


 A tazer to punish areshole car drivers


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Feb 09

Posts: 78

brevav2 says:

No Thanks!

No Rider aids thank you. unneccesary, complex and very expensive when it goes wrong, Ride all year round  in all kinds of weather and raise your skill levels instead, cheaper too

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Jan 11

Posts: 633

carloslavado says:

 What about not having 8 modes for traction control, and having a really smooth throttle response? I jus't adore the MV Brutale 800. Have yet to test ride it, but from what i have read? It has lots of electronic gizmos, but the ride by wire throttle feals so light, it's hard to know what your'e doing. 

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Feb 09

Posts: 515

I've got heated grips, which is about all I need, ta very much. I prefer to have control over what my bike's doing, not some box of tricks which helps put more strain on the generator!

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Sep 12

Posts: 200

domster says:

Bwain Aids

 I'll rely on common sense thanks.

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Mar 12

Posts: 9

alex819 says:


 i agree with previous  comments heated grips for winter and thats all you need! all these electronic "aids" put me off getting new bikes, wont be an aid when you get on an older bike that doesnt have the aids and you cant brake without locking up the back or pull away without doing wheelies all the time!

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Nov 11

Posts: 5

zest4living says:

Electronic aids

Any electronic aid for safety is welcome, but I'd like to be able to switch them off, to suit riding conditions.

In a rainy day or frozen winter day can be very useful and I wouldn't refuse the Electronic aids. You get so many "tough" & "skilful"  riders arguing they don't need them, but it is either because they can't afford them or they love riding slow and old bangers. Motorcycling has been developing very fast and some people can't take changes. If you don't like the new technologies in suspension, braking, shifting gears, mapping, spin control (traction control), etc, etc, BUY YOURSELF AND OLD BIKE FROM 40 YEARS AGO and show everyone how a big man you are ;-)
Give me the latest technology any time and give me the option to switch them off, to suit riding conditions.

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Jul 13

Posts: 39

phantombiker says:

I have a relitively

low cost Suzuki tourer.

The ABS works perfectly in all conditions.

Other manufacturers please take note.



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Jan 10

Posts: 422

rlf3 says:


Definitely ABS, wouldn't buy any bike or car which didn't have ABS fitted.

You can even get it on a 125 scooter these days so there's absolutely no excuse for manufacturers omittng it on new bikes.

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