What is the function of ABS in motorcycle braking?

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ABS in motorcycle braking

As most of you know, stopping a bike is not as simple like stopping a car. Most motorcycles have separate brake controls for the rear and front wheels, and any wheel can lock up in the course of hard braking. On a motorcycle, it generally indicates a serious fall.

Even if you are a very professional or skilled rider, no one can forecast when any driver may cut you off which then force you to make hard. Also, road surfaces can be full of sand or slippery.

With ABS equipped bikes, riders can apply full brakes without the fear of locking up. Antilock systems mechanically decrease brake pressure when a lockup is almost to happen and increase it again once traction is restored.

As per the reports, ‘5000 people passed away in bikes crashes in 2016. It makes sense to reduce your risk with ABS.

ABS system does not affect normal braking system — you see it only in the case of emergency.

Both conventional and collective braking systems, which connects one or both controls to both wheels can have ABS.

Antilock braking systems are made for safe riding

What are the proven benefits?

According to the studies of insurance claims, fatal crashes and test track performance all proved the significance of antilock brakes.

Fewer deaths

The rate of fatal crashes is 31 % less for bikes having optional ABS than for bikes models without ABS.

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2013

Fewer crashes

Crash insurance claims for bikes with ABS are filed 20 % less often than for bikes without it — 31 % when the ABS bikes have joint controls.

Source: Highway Loss Data Institute, 2013

Short stopping distances

On the test track, riders stop more fast if the motorcycle has antilock brakes. Stopping distances improve on dry and wet surfaces equally.

Source: Austrian Road Safety Board, 2004; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2006.

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