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Had a new rear tyre fitted on saturday, took the wheel in the car . fitted the wheel back on and didnt use the bike until monday commute . cold and damp roads , forgot about the new tyre, went to overtake a slow car and the rear just spun up and went sideways . My question is should the traction control of prevented this happening ? TC was set on 3.
 

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Well as it seems you didn't fall off it looks like it did it's job. Did you then try to provoke it again just as a test?
 

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TC won't prevent a tyre breaking loose, the idea is it prevents further slip/spin once it is sensed. Hopefully preventing a costly fall.
 

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Prevented, not necessarily. TC and ABS both come with warnings essentially to the effect of, it's the rider's job to prevent loss of traction. That being said, these systems exist because sometimes people make mistakes, like forgetting you've got a new tire, no biggie. It's important to recognize that TC is primarily reactive, it goes to work after a loss of traction, very quickly, but still after. The TC light can be easy to miss, especially if you're in a situation where it's working. If you started letting off the gas when the system engaged, you might not have noticed the difference; and if you pulled in the clutch the system would have been limited in what it could have done anyway. In either case, that's essentially the same as you having the skill not to need the system. It's also entirely possible the system did its job and that was the difference between pants filled with **** and pants shredded on the asphalt.

If you'd like to test it, try to wheelie on TC3, about all you'll get is a little bunny hop. Or your new tire will break loose, either way you should see the TC light blink and feel the power loss.
 

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Had a new rear tyre fitted on saturday, took the wheel in the car . fitted the wheel back on and didnt use the bike until monday commute . cold and damp roads , forgot about the new tyre, went to overtake a slow car and the rear just spun up and went sideways . My question is should the traction control of prevented this happening ? TC was set on 3.
It all depends on the situation Cookie. I've had the rear tire brake loose several times now. All either under poor road conditions, bad weather, or just trying really hard;)
I'd never rely on it to keep you safe but it does make quite a good wheelie suppressor so you can be a bit heavy handed and not worry about flipping it. It's especially good from a junction or traffic lights. But don't go for a big handful over a rise or you might find a way to flip it too :D

On the other side of the coin, sometimes its reducing power and you hardly even notice it. If you were to try WOT in TC3 sometimes it can feel a bit stuffy, like it's holding back. Do it again in TC1 and it takes off like a rocket.

I think the main point is, you will find there is a limit where the TC can help you or something can happen too fast for it to effectively react. It's a bit like changing to a new set of better tires you have never tried before. All the limits have changed and you have to find the new ones, hopefully without falling off in the mean time;)
 
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