Kiwi Rider January 2022 Vol.1 - Page 47

and Sport should see most use . If caught in a sudden shower , the softer power of Rain mode should be helpful , and , of course , Track mode speaks for itself ... topend biased power delivery not as suited to road use , but , oh yeah , does it boogie ! It ’ d be great on track . Helping keep the rubber side down is a sophisticated electronic package – with a six-way IMU ( inertial measurement unit ) providing the smarts for both lean angle sensitive Traction Control and ABS braking . In essence , the more laid over the bike is , where traction is increasingly reduced , the more intrusive the TC and ABS will be to maintain grip . Traction Control and Anti Wheelie control is integrated , not separately adjustable , but linked to the mode settings . So , the more aggressive the Mode , the more wheelie slip and front wheel lift is allowed . Sport mode offers a lot of freedom and fun on road . For those familiar with the 1050 , the main power gains for the 1200 are in the top third of the rev range and the engine has a similar feel below 6000rpm . Below 4000rpm the power delivery doesn ’ t feel ultra-crisp . In previous 1200 triples I ’ ve found the same thing and put it down to electronic management to stop the power being too savage off the bottom . I remember the old 1050 Tiger Sport – it had excellent fuelling from idle . That said , the 1200 RS is still great for everyday use , as the low rpm delivery is still smooth , fairly responsive and not intimidating . The ABS has two levels of intervention for Road and Track modes , meaning there will be a little more intervention for road work , with the Track setting allowing more aggressive riding , so less intrusive ... allowing more rear wheel lift and therefore greater stopping force . And , believe me , the 320mm twin front discs and the Brembo monobloc Stylema four-piston calipers offer fantastic stopping power and superb feel . Even
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