Getting to grips with hi-tech rider aids

Whether you are an electronics expert or a total technophobe it’s hard to keep up with all the new gadgets and gizmos on modern motorbikes.

It can be even more confusing if you don’t know your MTC from your MSR!

Manufacturers’ spec sheets are full of acronyms but do you always know what they stand for?

KTM is now fitting an innovative demo function on some 2023 models. It allows owners to trial the full-blown arsenal of optional riding technology for the first 1,500km before deciding which settings they want to keep. Those features can then be bought and installed at their dealership.

Dave Willis said: “ABS and traction control were huge safety features when they were introduced many years ago.

“Since then, the level of electronic rider aids has become mind-blowing.

“You don’t always know exactly what they do or you don’t know your MTC from your MSR or HHC,” he said.

“It was something I had to get to grips with when I came into the business.”

Dave did some serious homework to get his head round the hi-tech features of many motorbikes.

He also listed all the comprehensive standard and optional electronic aids and packs, and what these features do, for the entire KTM street range when we took on the franchise.

“With the advent of KTM turning on all the bells and whistles, for a demo period of 1,500km, it is important you know what everything does.”

So do you know your MTC from your MSR or HHC?

  • MTC Spin Adjuster – motorcycle traction control involves sophisticated programming between sensors and software that influence how the motorbike reacts depending on the surface and level of grip. Cornering MTC is now a standard component of motorbike software ‘intelligence’. It reads the motorbike’s behaviour and responds immediately if the rotational speed of the rear wheel is disproportionate to the front wheel or engine speed. The newest generation cornering MTC has independent controllers for wheelslip and pitch angle control.
  • MSR – motor slip regulation complements traction control. If, due to shifting down or suddenly shutting the throttle, the engine drag-torque is too high, the ride-by-wire system balances the throttle opening for controlled deceleration. MSR is especially effective stopping the rear wheel locking up when grip is poor.
  • HHC – hill hold control is an electronic setting that stops the motorbike accidentally rolling back when pulling away. It identifies if the motorbike has stopped on a slope. After the rider releases the brake, HHC automatically keeps the brakes applied until the clutch is released, the throttle is open and the bike moves forwards.

Find out more about the full range of KTM’s electronic technology and rider aids at