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ADVANCED ELECTRONIC RIDING AIDS
The Versys 1000 is equipped with a number of systems designed to offer additional rider reassurance. KTRC (the same traction
control system featured on our supersport fagship, the 2012 Ninja ZX-14R) and power mode can both be set to suit rider preference
3-Mode KTRC (Kawasaki TRaction Control)
Featuring the same system offered on the 2012 Ninja ZX-14R fagship, the
Versys 1000 KTRC system combines the best elements of Kawasaki’s two
traction control systems, S-KTRC and KTRC. Three modes cover a wide range
of riding conditions, offering either enhanced sport riding performance or the
peace of mind to negotiate slippery surfaces with confdence.
* Riders can choose from three modes. Modes 1 and 2 prioritise
maximum forward acceleration (like the S-KTRC system on the 2011
Ninja ZX-10R). Mode 3 is similar to the KTRC system offered on the
2010 1400GTR ABS (Concours 14 ABS), providing rider reassurance by
facilitating smooth riding on slippery surfaces. Riders may also elect to
turn the system off.
* Compared to the three modes offered by the Ninja ZX-10R’s S-KTRC
(which was designed to allow riders to enjoy experimenting with various
combinations of settings as they tune their bike for particular corners
on the circuit), the effects of Modes 1, 2 and 3 are much easier to
distinguish and cover a much wider range of riding conditions.
* In Modes 1 and 2, highly sophisticated programming allows a degree
of slip – a certain amount of slip is required to maximise acceleration.
The ideal slip ratio varies according to conditions. The system looks at
a number of parameters to get an accurate real-time picture of what
is going on: front and rear wheel speed (slippage) and various engine,
machine and rider input parameters are monitored.
* Using complex analysis, the system is able to predict when traction
conditions are about to become unfavourable. By acting before
slippage exceeds the range for optimal traction, drops in power can be
minimised, resulting in ultra-smooth operation.
* Conditions are confrmed every 5 milliseconds, and control via ignition
timing allows extremely quick reaction.