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ABS on motorcycles

Brake tests with motorcycles with and without ABS have shown that the anti-lock braking system helps to avoid accidents and reduce the consequences of accidents. Unfortunately, very few motorcycles in Switzerland have so far been equipped with ABS.

In 2016, 999 motorcyclists had serious and 43 fatal accidents on Swiss roads. Although 30-40% of fatal motorcycle accidents can be prevented with an anti-lock braking system, so far only around 15% of the 400,000 bikes registered in Switzerland are equipped with ABS. A test carried out by TCS in cooperation with the Advice Center for Accident Prevention (bfu) shows that the braking distance is shorter with ABS, making braking maneuvers better and safer, reducing the risk of falling and increasing safety.

More safety for motorcyclists

Especially at the beginning of the motorcycle season, it is worth pointing out the fundamental importance of safe driving in road traffic. Braking maneuvers in particular involve certain risks, as the front and rear brakes are usually metered separately. The wheels can lock up and slip away. To prevent this from happening, new motorcycles are often equipped with ABS as standard. From 2017, ABS will even be a legal requirement for new motorcycles in the EU. But because there are still a lot of older motorcycles on the road without ABS, a TCS comparison test once again illustrates its effectiveness in braking maneuvers. According to the bfu, ABS can reduce fatal motorcycle accidents by 30-40%.

Shorter braking distance and reduced risk of falling

Together with the bfu, the TCS compared the braking deceleration of motorcycles with and without ABS on the basis of objective measurements. During the test, four drivers carried out six consecutive emergency stops, each on a Yamaha XJ6-N with and without ABS and on dry asphalt at 60 km / h and on wet asphalt at 30 km / h.

While the motorcycle with ABS delivered consistently good deceleration values ​​in the tests, the riders on the machine without ABS first had to approach the optimal value. As a result, the average deceleration values ​​for a motorcycle with ABS were higher, especially on wet asphalt, than for a vehicle without ABS. A motorcycle without ABS therefore has a significantly longer braking distance than one with ABS, which can have fatal consequences. In addition, an ABS can also prevent falls, which gives the driver the important option of being able to react at all.

TCS and bfu recommend models with ABS

The subjective evaluation of the test drivers also showed that neither the driving pleasure nor the braking feeling were impaired by the ABS. In the event of an emergency stop with ABS, the brake lever pulsates, but the driver's confidence in the brake system and the feeling of security increase. Based on the objective measurements and the subjective impressions, the TCS and the bfu therefore strongly recommend choosing a new motorcycle or an used one with ABS when purchasing.