Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Melbourne, Australia
I have a F3 which has 4 engine settings. S sport, N normal, R rain & C custom. Around town you tend to ride 3,000 to 5,000 rpm range whilst when playing (or on the track) the rpm are heaps higher. These settings adjust the engine mapping to suit the riding you are doing to make the bike 'more ridable'. The mapping adjustments covers a variety of things such as throttle response, fuel delivery, oxygen delivery, peak torque/rpm etc.
So, if riding around town use N, if playing use S, if wet use R. This means regularly changing the settings for the conditions or getting used to poor rideability in some conditions but great in others. The F4 and the Panigale will be similar to the F3.