Explaining Motorcycle Traction Control

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Explaining Motorcycle Traction Control

I’m Ed Smith, a Redding motorcycle accident attorney. Traction control is an important feature found in motorcycles. Today, we will discuss how this feature works and how it helps to keep you safe when on the roads of California.

What is Traction?

Traction is defined as the grip the tires on your motorcycle have with the road. The more traction the bike has the more grip to the road the bike has. In order to have effective steering, braking, and acceleration, you must have a good amount of traction. If your motorcycle does not have good traction, it will be very difficult to perform these tasks successfully and safely.

How Does Motorcycle Traction Control Work?

So, you’re not quite sure how motorcycle traction control works. Well, it’s actually pretty simple. A bike uses sensors to determine wheel speed. If one of the wheels on your bike spins quicker than the other wheel, it will be easier for you to lose control of the bike. If the sensors detect a difference in speed, it will activate the traction control system. The system then uses the brake to control the speed of the wheel in question until it reaches the speed of the other wheel. This helps to reduce the chances of your motorcycle skidding off the road and causing a motorcycle accident.

Effective in Bad Weather?

So, does traction control help you stay safe in bad weather? Traction control only controls the grip that a motorcycle has. It does help to grip the road much better when riding in inclement weather, but it doesn’t add any extra grip to the tires of your bike. It’s always a good idea to take rider safety classes approved by the California Highway Patrol to learn how to properly operate a motorcycle.

Not on All Bikes

Traction control is not found on all motorcycles, which means that it is an added feature you must pay extra for when purchasing a bike. Because traction control is not standard on bikes, it’s a good idea to find out ahead of time if you should add the feature to your bike depending on where you ride and your riding habits.

Other Names

Some other names for motorcycle traction control include the following:

  • Dynamic Stability Control
  • Electronic Stability Program
  • Active Handling System
  • Precision Control System
  • Dynamic Stability Traction Control

Redding Motorcycle Accident Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, a Redding motorcycle accident attorney. Motorcycle accidents can leave riders with serious injuries and medical bills- an experienced injury lawyer can help. If you or someone you hold dear has suffered traumatic injuries or an untimely death as a result of a motorcycle crash, please call me for compassionate, friendly, and free legal advice at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400 and online at

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