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EU mandates ABS for motorcycles from 2016

The European Union (EU) has passed legislation to introduce antilock braking systems (ABS) as standard equipment for an increasing number of motorcycles from 2016, with the objective of further reducing traffic accident figures. During 2011, around 5,000 motorcyclists were killed on Europe’s roads. According to the new EU legislation, it will be mandatory to fit an ABS system to all motorcycles that have an engine displacement greater than 125cc. From January 1, 2016, this will apply to motorcycles that are granted type approval and, from 2017 onwards, to all newly registered models. In addition, smaller motorized two-wheelers with displacement of 50cc or more are required to have either ABS or a combined brake system. The latter links the front and rear brakes mechanically, with the result that both wheels are always decelerated during braking. However, this solution does not regulate brake pressure, meaning the wheels can still lock.

Gerhard Steiger, president of the Bosch chassis systems control division, summed up the findings of the company’s recent accident study, “A standard-fit ABS can prevent more than one-quarter of all motorcycle accidents with personal injuries.” The company has been manufacturing ABS for motorcycles since 1994 and has sold around 750,000 systems to date. Since 2010, it has been manufacturing what is currently the world’s smallest and lightest antilock braking system for motorcycles. In early 2013 the company will launch a traction control system for motorcycles that improves acceleration on slippery surfaces and provides greater off-road control, using an additional function that adjusts the ABS and traction control settings to the current surface, such as tarmac, sand or gravel, which provides greater safety.

March 8, 2013

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