Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Summerfield, NC, USA
If you've ever looked at a calibration map there's a section (a row of cells) that calculates altitude and you can dial in the amount of fuel adjustment at each interval - every FI bike has this, it is automatic and works without intervention. However most maps only adjust up to about 10,000 feet, PP is 14000 at the top and once the actual altitude goes past the last step/cell in the row it reverts back to sea level, that's bad at 11000 feet! However, if you have the ability to alter the map you can change the value of each cell so that instead of starting off at sea level it will start at say 4000 feet and each cell after that will increase accordingly. That way the ECU will adjust up to 14000 feet.
One thing that most people dont understand is the concept of map settings. For our production bikes different "maps" are nothing more than an adjustment of the throttle butterfly position in relation to the twist grip. Map settings do not give different fuel tables. I'm only talking about the fueling portion of the setting not things like traction control, wheelie control, brakes etc. On factory race bikes it's a different story - different maps may or may not also change fuel tables.
The streetfighter is unique in this aspect - it was designed on the cusp of the ride by wire revolution and thus it has a throttle cable and does not have throttle maps, but it does have the very earliest form of traction control. This traction control on the SF works by cutting fuel and ignition - not by limiting butterfly position.
The Multistrada and all of the later bikes work in a very different way from the SF - The SF and the 07/08 1098R were pioneers in production bike traction control