I had a close call last time I was at the track so I decided to pull the triger and install traction control on the bike.
I decided to go with GRIPONE LEONE: http://www.gripone.com/products/kit-gripone-leone/
This is the last generation with the previous one being S4 and their main difference is that on the newer one there is no need for speed sensors on the wheels, just the IMU which makes it super easy to install.
(forgot to take a picture of the wiring)
Finding the right spot
According to the instructions the IMU has to be installed in the front as center as possible, as horizontal and as vertical as possible to the bike and to be wrapped with foam in order to absorb vibrations. The ECU has to be far away from heat and vibrations as well.
IMU - Candidate position #1
Unfortunately Ram Air is neither flat nor vertical to the ground.
ECU - Candidate position #1
The spot between the battery and the rectifier is away from heat and vibrations but unfortunatelly the wiring is not long enough to reach the IMU at the front of the bike.
IMU and ECU - Candidate position #2
At the left side of the fairing there is a spot that on a road bike holds the rectifier. So the ECU fits there nicely and is far away from vibrations and engine heat. Now for the IMU a nice spot would be on the front of the fairing right next to the Ram Air.
Instead I decided to place it on top of the Ram Air
Due to the Ram Air not having a flat area at its center and a small decline (it has to be as horizontal as possible) I used some glue as padding and 3M dual lock to secure it in place.
Now the next step was to install the indicator and the remote buttons.
The indicator was placed next to the key switch and the remote buttons that let you select the sensitivity of the traction and the antiwheelie control were placed according to the instructions at the clutch lever on the left handle bar. It's simple solution but in my opinion not the very sturdy and wouldn't last long after some track use. Therefore I decided to get a cheap aluminum 3 button switch to replace the Gripone.
This switch has 2 momentary action buttons and one latching action button, but on the front there was only one momentary and one latching action button so I had to swap them in order to have both momentary buttons on the front.
The latching action button went on the back and was used for the Bazzaz ZFI module to switch between maps.
ECU loom installation
It's really plug & play. Lift the fuel tank, remove the air filter, locate the third ignition coil
and plug those in
The black wire goes to the ground and for that I chose the battery.
That's pretty much it. I didn't have the chance to test it on the track though since I need to do some other maintenance work on the bike first.
Custom Remote buttons test
On the next video I will demonstrate how to check the ECU functioning properly by pressing the green button (in my case the black one) for 4 seconds. That will simulate the traction control kicking in.