The new 12.3” infotainment display (90% larger than the 6.5 GTS system) incorporates a new Skyline OS that allows for more personalization with the screen setup, improved audio, and visual appeal. Oh, and did we mention it has an integrated storage tray that fits our modern-sized cell phones?!
Each Ride Mode consists of a specific combination of power delivery, engine braking, Cornering-Antilock Braking System (C-ABS), and Cornering-Traction Control System (C-TCS) settings. The rider may use the hand control MODE button to change the active ride mode while riding the motorcycle or when stopped, with some exceptions. A unique icon for each mode appears on the display when that mode has been selected.
- Road Mode: Intended for daily use, Road Mode delivers balanced performance. This mode offers less aggressive throttle response and less mid-range engine power than Sport Mode, with a higher level of C-ABS and C-TCS intervention.
- Sport Mode: Sport Mode can maximize the rider's connection to the motorcycle. The rider can experience the full performance potential of the motorcycle in a direct and precise manner, with full power and the quickest throttle response. C-TCS is set to its lowest level of intervention, and engine braking is increased.
- Rain Mode: This mode is designed to give the rider greater confidence when riding in the rain or when traction is otherwise compromised. Rain Mode is also an appropriate setting for riders to build confidence as they become familiar with the motorcycle. Throttle response and power output are programmed to significantly restrain the rate of acceleration, engine braking is limited, and the highest levels of C-ABS and C-TCS intervention are selected.
- Custom Mode: Within two available Custom Ride Modes the rider may create a set of performance characteristics to meet personal preference or for special situations. To create a Custom Mode the rider uses the touchscreen display to select their combined preference of engine torque delivery characteristics, engine braking, throttle response, and C-TCS and C-ABS intervention, within specific ranges.
Rider ergonomics were improved from the suspension to the seat and even the levers. It starts with the front suspension, which has 47mm SHOWA® inverted forks designed to promote confident handling by keeping the tire in contact with the road surface. Rear suspension travel is 3.0 inches (76mm), a 50 percent increase in travel compared to comparable 2022 Grand American Touring models. SHOWA® dual outboard emulsion technology shock absorbers feature a new remote hydraulic pre-load adjustment knob located forward of the left saddlebag (no removal required). It can accommodate up to an additional 100 pounds of cargo loading or short-term passenger adjustments beyond the primary suspension loading condition. Pre-load adjustment for the primary loading condition (the condition that the bike will most often be used in, for example rider only or rider plus passenger) is accomplished by removing the right saddlebag and adjusting the threaded preload adjuster with the provided spanner tool. Rear suspension rebound damping is also adjustable to provide ideal suspension performance across a wide range of loading conditions. Adjustment is made using a dial on the bottom of each shock absorber, which requires the removal of the saddlebags. So, whether you are riding in Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, or beyond, you have suspension capable and willing to improve your ride, regardless of road conditions.
Combine the suspension enhancements with the redesigned seat, which focuses on a more neutral riding position, adjustable front brake lever (to better fit different rider’s hands), improved aerodynamic body panels, and fairing vent (which reduces helmet buffering by 60% compared to the previous fairing design) with adjustable louvers, Ride Modes and LED lighting and it’s easy to see how this bike was built to make memories with a smile on your face. The combination of improvements and changes makes for a total package that is enjoyable, exciting, and next-level. As with any motorcycle, we always recommend seeing one in person, throwing a leg over it, and getting a real “feel” for it for yourself. It helps identify all the improvements and how they cater to you as a rider.
Read more about the 2023 CVO improvements and specs here!