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Continental Readies Cheap Single-Channel ABS for Small Bikes

Good news for all those riding small-displacement bikes, those who plan to buy one, and all the customers in the emerging markets: Continental, the German tire and automotive parts manufacturer announces they are readying a low-cost ABS unit for small motorcycles.
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Continental Readies Cheap Single-Channel ABS for Small Bikes
With a clear shot at the Asian, African and South American markets notoriously known for the large volumes of small-displacement bikes sold and used there, the new Continental ABS module is a single-channel unit, weighing only 420 grams (less than 1 lb) and is also compact in size.

If we take a peak at the World Health organization statistics according to Drivespark, India trumps the road death charts, with 143,000 lives lost in 2011, out of which many involved motorcycles.

With the enhanced braking performance offered by the ABS systems, riding a motorcycle can become less dangerous in the extreme scenarios which require braking very hard.

The Continental ABS will only work for the front wheel, give it's single-channel architecture, but as the front brakes provide more than 75% of the stopping force, we might expect good results from this unit.

Production is expected to start in early 2014, and we might get to see the first small-displacement two-wheelers running it very soon. KTM is offering ABS brakes as standard for their India-made 390 Duke.


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