Originally Posted by Rudehugh
Do you guys find Slick mode to be faster than Race? I just am a bit torn between which is more aggressive...
Can I get a rider's review about it? I'm familiar with the spec and feature variations, but I am wondering if anyone else feels the way I do about the modes.
I'm not sure that Slick mode is aggressive enough beyond Race that it necessitates a special plug installation-or maybe race mode should require a special plug as well? I just don't see Race as much of a step down from Slick...
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I honestly cannot tell a big difference between slick and Race. I have run both modes up through redline and in the fat part of the power curve, 10K-13k and just don't feel a big difference. Everything I've read thus far for 2012 is that the only difference is lean angle intrusion via the TRC, vs different fuel maps. In fact, the manual states there are only 2 fuel maps for 12, one for Rain and 1 for the other 3. The only real obvious thing I find different in rain and slick is the engine braking, far less in slick, which I really enjoy. Pushed hard to the limits on the track presumably you'd feel much less TRC intrusion from lean angle in Slick than Race.
Some 2012 owners who have owned pre 12's have mentioned that while the 12 is more linear and smooth in the power delivery, they miss the more radical hit on top in race or slick, when there were different maps. It also was one of the areas of criticism that BMW worked to alleviate for 12, (a less snatchy throttle.)