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Does Traction control restrain the power of the bike?

Hi all,


I've recently purchased a 2016 GSXS1000 F . used with less than 20,000 KM.
I am a Suzuki fan and always had been. I never owned other bikes.

I rode 2010 Vstrom 650 for 3.5 years , After that, about 1.5 year on 2017 SV 650 and last week I got me the GSXS1000F.


I must say I was a bit intimidated about this bike. After reading tons of review, Most of the complaints came to the throttle snatchy response .



I must say I don't feel any of what was reported as a complaint by other rider. Further more, I don't feel this bike is violent or super fast and torquey as described.



Having said that, I must state the I never switched the traction control to any other level and kept it always on mode 3 ( which is the most intrusive) .

Plus, I never went above 5000 rpm at any gear.


I feel the bike is great and smooth at any gear.



My point being... Is the traction control settings dull the throttle response or the engine some how?



I want to be sure before I switch it to mode 2 or 1 . Keep in mind that this is my first 4 cylinder bike and that it is a 1000 cc bike.


Thanks in advance
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I don't think it really limits the highest power output, but it definitely makes sure that there is no wheel spin, and that the front will never lifts. 3 is pretty much wet roads, 2 is normal driving, 1 is spirited (little bit of wheelie...) And off is off...

But 3 will limit the immediate output when you roll on quickly.

Also the bike really comes to new life over 6k rpm... The difference is night and day. Below 5k is a purring kitten, over the 6-7k all the way to 11k is a lion pissed off when you're trying to steal it's lunch🤣
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Plus, I never went above 5000 rpm at any gear.
lol, find a bit of empty road and gun it, then bring traction control down 3 2 1, probably best you don't turn it off, yet

good luck

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lol, find a bit of empty road and gun it, then bring traction control down 3 2 1, probably best you don't turn it off, yet

good luck
The bike has plenty of grunt below 5000rom (when my gear linkage broke I drove 100km with lots of stopping and starting at traffic light and junctions, all in 6th gear) but its never going to feel fast below 5000rpm

On the stock bike there is also quite a big hole in the torque curve at around 5000rpm which makes it feel much slower at those rpm - once you hit 7000+ you will get a quite q shock it literally takes off.

Traction control does not affect the power unless the rear wheel starts to spin, but you may not be noticing that as TC3 is very sensitive and will cut the power at the slightest slip.

Also remember that the stock bike is restricted below 6000rpm and 30% throttle and that makes it feel much more placid and slow!

I flashed a guys bike recently, he had come from a CBR650 and was really dissapointed with the performance of his GSXS1000 - I set his suspension up, set his TPS correctly and then flashed his ECU - after a test ride he came back with a huge smile - Different bike.

However I'm sure once you get above 7K you will notice the power
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...I must state the I never switched the traction control to any other level and kept it always on mode 3 ( which is the most intrusive) .

Plus, I never went above 5000 rpm at any gear.

I feel the bike is great and smooth at any gear.

My point being... Is the traction control settings dull the throttle response or the engine some how?

I want to be sure before I switch it to mode 2 or 1 . Keep in mind that this is my first 4 cylinder bike and that it is a 1000 cc bike.

Thanks in advance
Traction control has no effect on throttle response under ordinary riding conditions. It's only when you're either starting to exceed the limits of rear wheel traction or lifting the front tire that the TC will make its presence known.
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I must say I don't feel any of what was reported as a complaint by other rider. Further more, I don't feel this bike is violent or super fast and torquey as described.
Plus, I never went above 5000 rpm at any gear.
As a previous owner of a V-Strom 650, I can tell you that the GSX-S1000F is a completely different bike and thrives on high revs. If you want to get a rush, hit 8-9K, or the rev limiter.

It's a beautiful thing.

As quatro said. "gun it"! The bike loves the high revs and will reward you with violent, and super fast thrills and smiles.
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All I can say is when you hit 7000rpm Make sure your hanging on tight...
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You don't feel the bike is "super fast" but you haven't been over 5000 rpm. Hmm.

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Be very careful of going over 5000rpm

https://youtu.be/HWoW-vX4HT8
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Be very careful of going over 5000rpm

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