The Launch Control mode is interesting, mainly because it is one of the first that we’ve tried that actually makes a measurable difference off the line. Starting the motor and immediately toggling the map select switch activate this feature; the FI light in front of the top clamp will subsequently blink repeatedly to let the rider know that the system is activated. When engaged, KTM’s Launch Control limits the engine to an 8,000-9,000 RPM rev ceiling (depending on the bike and what map it is in) before the clutch is dropped. As the bike accelerates over and beyond the starting gate, the rev limit gradually increases until the bike reaches maximum RPM after approximately two seconds, at which point the mapping returns to normal. Unlike other Launch Control modes that are disengaged when the bike clicks third gear, KTM’s is based on RPM/duration and thus can’t be used for trail riding. In repeated starts with and without Launch Control, we noticed an audible, measurable difference when not using it. With Launch Control activated, we found that traction was increased and that we had to work the clutch way less to keep the front end of the bike down.