EICMA acronyminator

Know your EAS from your ESA with Visordown’s handy guide

EVERY new bike nowadays seems to come with its own set of acronyms to decode. Traction control can't be just called traction control. It needs a set of initials to show us how exciting and exclusive it is. 

We blame electronics. No one ever did this stuff with handlebars.  

If some of the new bike models to break cover recently have left you wondering WDYMBT? then Visordown is here to help.

FYI, here are some of the acronyms that were being banded about at the EICMA Milan motorcycle show last week, along with their meanings. So there’s no need to wonder WTF it's all about anymore. OK?

See if you can spot the one we made up.

EICMA – Esposizione International Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori


aWC – Aprilia Wheelie Control

aTC – Aprilia Traction Control

aLC – Aprilia Launch Control

aQS – Aprilia Quick Shift

(all part of the latest aPRC – Aprilia Performance Ride Control)


ESA – Electronic Suspension Adjustment

ASC – Automatic Stability Control

RDC -  Reifen Druck Control (tyre pressure control)


IMU – Inertial Measurement Unit

PM – Power Modes

DWC – Ducati Wheelie Control

DTC – Ducati Traction Control

DVT – Desmodromic Variable Timing

DMS – Ducati Multimedia System

DCL – Ducati Cornering Lights

DSS Evolution – Ducati Skyhook Suspension Evolution

EBC – engine brake control

DDA – Ducati Data Analyser

DQS up/down – Ducati Quick Shift up/down

DARTH - Ducati Alloy Rotating Tyre Holders


APTC - Adler Power Torque Control


KLCM – Kawasaki Launch Control Mode

KEBC – Kawasaki Engine Braking Control

AOS-II – Air-Oil Separate (on KYB forks)

KTRC – Kawasaki TRaction Control

KIBS – Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System

Moto Guzzi

MGCT – Moto Guzzi Controllo Trazione

MV Agusta

MVICS 2.0 – Motor and Vehicle Integrated Control version 2

EAS 2.0 – Electronically Assisted Shift version 2


IMU – Inertial Measurement Unit

TCS – Traction Control System

SCS – Slide Control System

LIF – Front LIFt control system

LCS – Launch Control System

QSS – Quick Shift System

PWR – Power mode selector

YRC – Yamaha Ride Control

CCU – Communication Control Unit

TFT – Thin Film Transistor

ERS – Electronic Racing Suspension