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I've had the 2019 CB1000RA+ for a few weeks now, getting used to switches and settings with reading the owners manual. Its the first bike I've owned with a Torque Control switch and the ability to turn on/off and low/middle/high levels.
Can them in the know how please explain what it does and in what circumstances would you turn on/off and set the various low/middle/high levels.
 

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Level 3 is the most intrusive. I guess you might want it in the rain or whenever else the roads might be slippery.

I always have it on level 1. I've never noticed It actually kick in. If you've been riding a while you should already have throttle control down and probably won't notice it either.

If you are heavy on the throttle you can still get power wheelies with torque control set to 1.
 

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Think I'm grasping things.....So as in RAIN mode the torque level (level 3) is at a HIGH level to help the rear wheel from slipping? And if you don't mind the rear wheel spinning and a confident rider you would select SPORT mode (level 1) with torque level LOW or possibly turn OFF if on a race track?
Have I understood this correctly???
 

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Yep. But I've never felt the rear spin. And I'm not shy with the throttle. But the reality is you may feel the torque control cut power in 2 or 3 in the wet if you don't moderate throttle use.

Also you turn it off completely in User mode. But I've still never felt the rear spin.
 

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torque control = traction control
level 1 allows a little bit of slip and wheelie.
level 2 will keep the front wheel down and prevent wheelies.
level 3 = never used it :)
on level 2, it's intrusive when taking off aggressively

happy revving
 

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Many thanks chaps for your input, it's all becoming clear now. I went out yesterday for a spin in Lincolnshire with a friend on a VFR800, he had trouble keeping up with me, a brilliant bike.
 

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Torque (or Traction) Control is a 'driver nanny' for people that can't or don't use reasonable driver skill to control adverse situations.

Rain mode will cut the engine power IF you forget its slick and don't use appropriate throttle control. Can you ride in the rain with it off? Sure but, just realize if you whack the throttle you're going to get a lot of wheel spin and could high side if it catches on the pavement.
 

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I bought the same bike about a month ago. Its nice to have the trigger switch option for torque adjustment (I think only in user mode?) I havn't used it much but I guess it is for a quick change if a wet or other hazard is spotted? Has anyone ridden the 2018+ long enough to have it come in handy?
 

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I leave the bike in Sport. In heavy rain I use Normal. I don’t bother with the other settings.
 

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torque control = traction control
level 1 allows a little bit of slip and wheelie.
level 2 will keep the front wheel down and prevent wheelies.
level 3 = never used it :)
on level 2, it's intrusive when taking off aggressively

happy revving
 

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Standard mode, 2 power, 2 tc, 2engine breaking alllows wheelies with aggressive half throttle in first or wide open in 2nd. Brings you down hard when not expecting it, feels like knee to the nuts, speaking from experience.
 

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Standard mode, 2 power, 2 tc, 2engine breaking alllows wheelies with aggressive half throttle in first or wide open in 2nd. Brings you down hard when not expecting it, feels like knee to the nuts, speaking from experience.
i didn't experience that because i do wheelies in sport mode! (just a foot above ground is plenty for me)
 

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i didn't experience that because i do wheelies in sport mode! (just a foot above ground is plenty for me)
When I moved up from my cb400, I forgot I was on a 1000 once or twice and found out how quickly she’ll pop up if you get a bit loose with the right hand. It’s different when I’m in sport mode and on it and it’s expected.
 

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When I moved up from my cb400, I forgot I was on a 1000 once or twice and found out how quickly she’ll pop up if you get a bit loose with the right hand. It’s different when I’m in sport mode and on it and it’s expected.
exactly what happened to me on my 1st liter bike (monster S4 996cc) and with no nannies to save my idiot ass.
 
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