When off-pavement, I prefer to switch off the traction control on this CRF1000L. Same goes for the ABS which disables the rear wheel but retains some ABS intervention on the front. The front ABS engaged more than I expected a few times, but then again it may have saved my ass… I’ll never know. The main discovery I made is that you have to shut off the ABS and TSC every time you use the kill switch or cycle the key. While there are dedicated buttons for each and it’s quick to do, many other bikes retain their settings when you use the kill switch. Repeatedly turning these off was annoying to me, so I just killed the motor by dumping the clutch or deploying the side stand to keep my desired settings. I found this to be a reasonable work-around.
I have grown soft over the years with the heated grips and cruise control on the BMW’s I ride. In the cold weather of Nevada the heated grips were missed and on the lonely highways heading back to Seattle, I longed for the cruise control. I’ll be happy enough adding a throttle lock and accessory heated grips to my Africa Twin. With these additions, the CRF1000L will leave me with little left to be desired, other than having more time to ride it. If I get a chance to ride across Nevada again, I’m taking the Africa Twin.