What to look for in an aftermarket piggyback ECU for your bike?

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If you’re here, you are probably looking at options for an upgrade for your bike. With several different manufacturers offering different solutions, making a decision can be a daunting task. How do you compare the options? What features do you need? Should you blindly trust what everyone else is using?

Most aftermarket ECUs available today only provide fuel control, after all, more fuel = more power right? Wrong! While optimising fueling does increase performance, 

these changes make a difference only in the open-loop region (throttle opening more than 65%). A way to override this would be to by-pass the lambda sensor

Ignition Control

Ignition control is tricky, which is why very few provide it. Those that do, usually sell it as a separate device. Almost all stock engines benefit from advancing the ignition timing. Changes to the ignition timing can be made for all throttle openings and throughout the rev range

Fuel Control

While only fuel optimisation is great, fuel and ignition control hits the sweet spot providing the best of both worlds. PowerTRONIC offers both fuel as well as ignition control as standard for all bikes, in one box!

rev extender

Rev Extender

PowerTRONIC extends your motorcycle rev limit. The Rev Extender function works within the engine safety limits and will not harm or overload the engine. Extending the Rev Range results in an improvement in overall performance in every single gear and the top speed can be achieved way quicker than stock​. This feature is available on Single and Twin Cylinder engines only*

PowerTRONIC Quickshifter

Quickshifters are another great addition for most bikes. While comparing quickshifter sensors, check the following:

  • Type of sensor being used: Most manufacturers provide a strain gauge or mechanical sensor which is prone to failure after prolonged use. These sensors also tend to provide false triggers. A piezoelectric sensor, such as what is provided by PowerTRONIC, has no moving parts and therefore has reduced wear and tear
  • Modification of the shift rod: If you need to modify your gear lever, that’s going to take more time as well as cause an inconvenience. With the sensor provided by PowerTRONIC, you need not modify the gear lever. Installation takes less than 10 mins
  • Shift pattern: A one size fits all – the PowerTRONIC quick shifter can work with both, regular shifting and GP shifting

Most riders who are looking for an upgraded ECU are normally seeking increased performance. This is usually limited to increased top speed, acceleration, rev range, power and torque. What is commonly ignored is the ride experience. 


PowerTRONIC through the preprogrammed maps, improves throttle response, rideability. What this translates to is a refined engine, linear torque, reduced engine temperatures. You would experience smoother acceleration, reduced vibrations. With the supplied 2 pre-tuned maps, you can effortlessly toggle between Race and Race+ modes. Map 1 aka Race Mode offers mid-range performance gains while the Race+ Mode offers mid and top-end performance gains

If for any reason after installing the PowerTRONIC you need to go back to factory settings, all you have to do is unplug and PowerTRONIC and use the LED Stock Coupler. No need to spend hours removing the wiring harness. The LED Stock Coupler also lets you know the status of each wiring connection to help diagnose any issues

With your copy of the R-Tune tuning software, create and load your own maps or use the maps available on our website. The PowerTRONIC can be remapped an unlimited number of times

Hope this helps you in making an informed decision. 

Happy Riding!

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