We’ve become accustomed to a bevy of traction control and electronic stability control systems for cars for quite a while now. Most of us, Paul included, feel very strongly about it; that it should be a standard-fit feature on all new cars on sale.
More and more manufacturers are introducing it on new models (Proton Preve/Suprima S, Toyota Camry, Honda Jazz/City, Kia Rio/Picanto, etc.), but what about motorcycles, then? So far, there haven’t been a two-wheel equivalent of VSA/VSC/ESP.
Until now, that is, with the market introduction of Bosch Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC). The first brake control system for bikes will first be installed on the 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure and 1190 Adventure R models, before being rolled out to other manufacturers.
MSC supports the biker during braking and accelerating both in a straight line and in corners. Bosch claims that the system works in the background, without affecting the bike’s handling characteristics. Watch the video above to have a rough idea of what it does.
In essence, MSC uses an array of sensors and on-board software to identify the limits of riding dynamics, and intervene accordingly when needed. It takes into account motorcycle-specific parameters such as tyre shape and lean angle, which are then fed into the ABS control unit.
In operation, MSC can prevent the wheels from slipping when braking, minimise the motorcycle’s attempt to right itself when braking during a lean, distribute brake force to front and/or rear brakes (even when only one is applied), as well as to avoid rear-wheel skids when accelerating while leaning.