Least expensive bike with traction control?

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  1. Keithert

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    Is the 2014 V-Strom the least expensive new bike that comes with traction control? Do any of the smaller BMWs have traction control available?
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  2. B.Curvin

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    KLR. The first production motorcycle with ABS and traction control standard.

    And still cheap.





















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    Definitely worth a look if you don't plan on going off-road.
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  4. randyo

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    bikes have had traction control for decades, its called a clutch
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  5. Wraith Rider

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    Three answers and two are stupid...

    The 2015 Honda Crossrunner has TC as well and it's said to be a bit more refined than the one in the Crosstourer.
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    The new Guzzi V7II has traction control. At $8500 I think its one of the cheapest NEW motorcycles with TC. You can likely find a used bike with TC for less though.
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  10. Vertical C

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    I have spun the wheels of my xl250 on tar in the wet. That had less than half the power of the klr.

    Unless you want to tell us what super sticky tyres you were running on your klr never to get wheel spin.
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  14. Vertical C

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    It's probably not the cheapest but the new versys 1000
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    I got it as well, enjoyed reading it, and was having a good chuckle until I realized that as shitty as the brakes are I still could lock them up.

    (In the wet, grass, or dirt...same for wheel spin, most of the time...:lol3)

    After reading some of the subsequent posts, am glad you beat me to it as well...:wink:

    As for the OP, Google is your friend, and doesn't tend to give nearly as many smart assed answers...:deal
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    Why do you want a bike with traction control?

    Just don't twist your wrist very far on slippery surfaces. Or avoid riding on slippery surfaces.

    Traction control won't help you in 99.99% of dangerous situations.

    It also doesn't work anywhere near as well on a two wheeled machine as on a four wheel machine. The technology to do good traction control on a bike is seriously difficult and expensive. I wouldn't trust a cheap manufacturer to get it to work well - even the most expensive bikes struggle to get it right, that's why they need a button to disable traction control and ABS, which most cars don't let you do.
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    One reason is, that it's a great safety feature, like ABS, especially under but not limited to changing road conditions.
    Another reason is, that it's a great fun feature, like ABS, that helps to learn to control your bike better and test your own and physical limits without an increased risk.

    Do we really have to repeat all this stupid discussion we already had with ABS? I thought after the acknowledgment of the superiority of the one system, it would be easier for the other system.
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  18. PeterW

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    You underestimate 'slippery' young Jedi. Slime covered water crossings, ice, oil on urban roads are all wins for TC.

    Problem is, by the time you've fished around for the traction limit the rear wheel is 2 foot offline even if you are a motorcycling god like me :) , on a 6 foot wide water concrete bottomed culvert that's a dangerously long way. I'll concede the slime covered water crossing is the only situation I've hit on a DL650 where I've thought "whoops, traction control would have been nice there", but I did think exactly that.

    I agree not as life saving as ABS, but it's still useful and if the ABS sensors are present it's essentially free.

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    The best thing about TC for me was it's ability to kill wheelies. Didn't care for it off road at all, kinda spooky even, but I only jumped a few terraces before returning to the pavement, and dealer I test rode it from..:evil

    Of course I actively sought out a non ABS GS in '05, but now both of my bikes have ABS. I'm sure I'd eventually warm up to TC if my bikes had it too. :D
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    The estimate is correct if you only ride on sunny days down to the bar.
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