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ADAC Award for Bosch Motorcycle ABS

The new Bosch antilock braking system (ABS) for motorcycles recently received the German ADAC ‘Gelber Engel’ (yellow angel) award, for its great road-safety potential. The ‘ABS9 base’ variant weighs just 0.7 kilograms, and is half the size and weight of the previous generation. According to Bosch, this is the most compact system in the market.

Its design is also cost-effective, which is important if it is to be used widely in all motorcycles with hydraulic brake systems. The motorcycle ABS is part of a new Bosch modular generation, a first variant of which went into series production in November 2009.

“Our entry-level ABS is by far the most compact system in the market,” Werner Struth, president of the Bosch Chassis Systems Control division, said in a release. “Its cost-optimised design makes ABS affordable for all classes of motorcycle for the first time.”

This active safety system allows motorcyclists to brake safely in critical situations without locking the wheels, and therefore avoiding a fall. Braking distance is also reduced considerably.

Up to now, only every tenth new motorcycle manufactured in Europe is equipped with this system. Worldwide, the figure is only every one-hundredth bike. By way of comparison, the figure for passenger cars worldwide has now reached 80 percent.

Bosch has been manufacturing brake control systems for motorcycles since 1994. While all the ABS systems on the market so far are based on passenger-car technology, engineers at the Bosch competence center in Japan have now designed a new ABS generation specifically for motorcycles.
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