Originally Posted by Lenz
The 2007 inclusion of the ASC function is in my opinion largely irrelevant along with the tyre pressure monitor. More superfluous functions, complexity and weight. Pity BMW didn't direct more of their resources towards the fuel mapping and "coarse" gear changing.
Technology is a mixed bag of tricks in my opinion. The 5 Previous Bikes I have owned (1990 Honda Helix, 1996 Honda Magna, 2000 Honda ACE 750, 2002 Honda 919, 2004 Yamaha FZ1) did not have ABS, Traction Control, or anything else and I survived just fine.
But I find myself jazzed up about the new ABS and ASC. In my opinion, there is something to be said about using this technology to make the bikes safer in panic situations. It still isn't going to save you butt, driving that corner too fast, but it might save you if the unexpected obstacle suddenly appears in that corner and you panic stop.
Still, good driving habits and skills is the best defense for the obstacles out there.
For BMW, some software tweaks an added sensor or two to the new ABS and wella, you have traction control. Charge another 700 retail or more for it, you have a great marketing tool to tout against your competition and you will probably improve your margins on the bikes, who loses?
It seems to me, BMW is following the trend of their automotive division in updating their vehicles with newer technology to try and grow their business, as opposed to staying the same. Some will love it and they will gain new riders (like me), some will not like it, and they may lose the purists, but it is a path that must be taken, in order for them to grow. The market will decide...