9-mode KTRC combines the best elements of Kawasaki’s earlier traction control systems. Riders can choose from three modes, each offering a progressively greater level of intrusion. Within each mode there are three rider-selectable levels, adding more or less intrusion (rider preferences for each mode are programmable for easy on-the-move selection from the left handle), for a total of nine possible settings. Riders may also elect to turn the system off.
The new KTRC system combines the logic and control of Kawasaki’s earlier traction control systems (S-KTRC, 1-mode KTRC) in each mode. Primary operation is similar to S-KTRC, which prioritises maximum forward acceleration using predictive-style intervention. But should excessive rear wheel speed be detected while operating in any mode, engine output is reduced to a level where grip can be regained, which provides rider reassurance by facilitating smooth riding on slippery surfaces.
Depending on the model, a Rain Mode is also included. This can be turned on and off independently of KTRC. Activating Rain Mode sets KTRC to Mode 3+, and also limits power output, torque and response. Similar to a Low Power setting, maximum engine output is reduced, and throttle response is milder.