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Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) - discuss
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Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) - discuss - July 9, 2008, 12:04 PM

"Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS), which now adorns the entire GSX-R lineup from the "little" 600 to the mighty Hayabusa. For those not in the know, the S-DMS provides three different engine maps: A, B and C, with the rider shuffling through the various settings via a switch on the right handlebar."

- http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Articl...ArticleID=6279

"All new for 2007, this year's big Gixxer has undergone a pretty thorough re-vamp to ensure it stays at the top of its game. It also features one of the most talked about pieces of electronic wizardry on any bike this winter, with an engine-mapping button that has widely been touted as a traction-control system. Basically, there is a button on the right-hand clip-on that allows you to set the power characteristics of the bike. Called S-DMS (Suzuki Drive Mode Selector) in corporate speak, by holding the button for a few seconds during start up you can toggle through three positions."

"Marked A, B and C, by a digital display, it sits next to the tachometer and the gear-position indicator. In A mode, you get full power with no changes to the maximum output and this is where I started my day. B mode, softens the power delivery at the lower rpm, and then brings it back to peak power, or A level power, at the upper end of the rpm range. C is a totally restricted mode, and cuts the power all the way through the rpm range. Apparently, the engineers made some mention of the bike losing as much as 50 horsepower at the peak, and as gutless as it feels in C mode, I could agree with them."

- http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Articl...ArticleID=4422

This started with the 2007 GSX-R1k and added to the entire GSX-R line. What are your real world riding impressions? Is this the user operated traction control that it was tauted to be before it came out?

Do you still toggle or just leave it in "A" Mode? Your opinions if you own or have ridden.

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I leave mine in G mode...


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I bought the K7 for my wife.... The reason I bought the bike was beacause the A,B,C mode's.... The A mode is the full 1000, and the B mode is a 750, and the C mode is a 600... I tested all these setting on a dyno.... and the power outputs are on point to the cc size I stated. I hope this help... Also used the C mode on my 5 states trip in the rain, and it works greats.. You can make changes to the modes on the fly.

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The use of the S-DMS to control power is complete waste of time, not to mention redundant: control the power with that little twisty thing in your right hand.


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what about those unintentional times?


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I think it's interesting. Haven't tried it peronally, but it's a nice luxury...


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I prefer D or DD, but will accept a large C.


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I got a k8 750. I haven't really played w/ the modes yet. Just A. Now when you start the bike up there is no mode selected. So what power band are you in?? Thats my question. I have noticed a big difference from A mode, and the regular mode at start up. exhaust note is different and everything.

I read in the manual for the k8's that it is recommended that you DO NOT shift the modes on the fly. Need to be at a stand still in neutral. Haven't been to a place yet to plat with the modes..
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I got a k8 750. I haven't really played w/ the modes yet. Just A. Now when you start the bike up there is no mode selected. So what power band are you in?? Thats my question. I have noticed a big difference from A mode, and the regular mode at start up. exhaust note is different and everything.

I read in the manual for the k8's that it is recommended that you DO NOT shift the modes on the fly. Need to be at a stand still in neutral. Haven't been to a place yet to plat with the modes..
Funny, I think you missed the part in the manual where it stated that A is unmodified. Check page 3-21 under "Suzuki drive mode selector operation." Sounds like your experiences are mostly placebo effect.

I ride a 2008 GSX-R 600. There's no direct correlation between engine displacement and modes on this one. I've ridden a 250, and C is a whole lot less power (especially in the low-end) than a 250.

In first gear, B is a nice soft power curve. You can crack the throttle and not have to worry about lifting the front wheel. C, on the other hand, is just depressing. It's positively wussy (even at high RPM) and I really can't imagine any real use for it except as training wheels if this happens to be the first bike you've ever sat on (god help you).

All of that being said, I haven't switched modes once since playing around with these for a few days and deciding that A was the way to go on the 600.
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ok my neighbor bought an 07 1K. He said it stays in "C" mode until you have the 600 mile service. Is this true or maybe just for the 1K? He said he just keeps it "A" mode now.


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ok my neighbor bought an 07 1K. He said it stays in "C" mode until you have the 600 mile service. Is this true or maybe just for the 1K? He said he just keeps it "A" mode now.
that doesnt sound like a bad idea as far as the manufacturer is concerned, and actually not surprising if it is true.

but for those "break it in how you ride it" people it would be a depressing 600 miles.

i did kind of both, i rode it nicely most of the time, but did take it up to red slowly every week or so. besides a dead battery it seems fine.


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