Bosch demos motorcycle ABS at Global NCAP Sepang


Safety is a pressing concern for all road users, more so with motorcyclists. After bringing its initial version of motorcycle ABS – based on the ABS system in a car – to the market in 1995, Bosch began development of a motorcycle-specific ABS system.

Understanding that the requirements for ABS in a motorcycle are very different from a car, Bosch today has its ABS9 motorcycle ABS, along with the ABS10, developed for bikes up to 250 cc, being 30% lighter and 45% smaller than the system for large-displacement motorcycles.

A practical demonstration of the Bosch motorcycle ABS system was given at the Global NCAP “Stop the Crash” campaign and ASEAN NCAP Roadmap, being held at Sepang International Circuit this November 29 and 30. A motorcycle ABS test rig was set up on a scooter, with single-channel ABS.

During the demonstration, the scooter was ridden across a wet surface, to show that with the single-channel ABS switched on, the rider was able to maintain traction and stay upright while coming to a safe stop. With ABS off, the front wheel slid out the moment the rider applied the front brake.

It has also been shown that when applied properly, motorcycle ABS dramatically reduces stopping distance under most road surface conditions. “In Europe, any new motorcycle or scooter above 125 cc is equipped with ABS. This is because it is the customer who demands it, so the manufacturer includes it,” said Christian Grouger, general manager for Motorcycle Application Safety, Bosch Japan.

“Some of this requirement (for motorcycle ABS) comes from the market, but also legislation,” said Grouger. “I feel that motorcycle ABS is necessary for any motorcycle, from a safety point of view, since I also develop these systems, and personally push this forward,” he said.

For Malaysia, ABS for motorcycles is not a compulsory requirement, though most large displacement motorcycles as well as scooters such as the Kawasaki J300 and Vespa 150 come with ABS as standard. According to a source, the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS), is still in discussions with manufacturers about making motorcycle ABS compulsory in Malaysia, but there is no fixed date as yet.

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  • Matchy on Nov 29, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    I’m riding a Honda Wave… experienced few times rear wheel fishtailed. Suspect due to rear wheel lock during break. Luckily nothing happen.

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  • Sammy on Nov 29, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    distributors in Malaysia are guilty of this. they don’t even have it as an option!! Just take the recent Honda CB500 series for example, only the X gets it as an option, with super high price no less. Kawasaki also give those lousy tires with no ABS and only the unpopular Z300 gets it.

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    • 4G63T DSM on Nov 30, 2016 at 11:51 am

      Its up to the consumer.

      They wont sell any if you won’t buy. I would rather buy a used bike with ABS than buy a new bike without. Afterall, its your skin covering the bike. Any and all available safety equipment is welcomed.

      Look at UMW. People stop buying them because they gave shitty safety gear. Just a few years later, they all come in fully spec’ed.

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  • Ben Yap on Nov 29, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Ride kapchai also need leather jacket and full face helmet? Like that I also want to wear the same when I cycle my Cervelo road bike.

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    • Jacket is for protection from abrasion and full faced helmet offers best head protection. If u truly r a rider like us, u wun have persoal this.

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    • Michelin on Nov 30, 2016 at 12:20 am

      What is the issue? Kapcai owners must wear plain windbreaker only? Grow up, dude! A rider must wear proper jacket, gloves, shoes and helmet when riding.. i sincerely salute them even though if they ride a small scooter in that form.. at least they put safety first..

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    • A fall from a big bike or a small bike is still a fall and you still get hurt. No marks here for being a hero.

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    • Aikon on Nov 30, 2016 at 11:42 am

      ATGATT applies to all motorcycles. Safety first. It’s not to show off.

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  • passion on Nov 30, 2016 at 9:00 am

    pls make it mandatory. lots of fatalities already.

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  • Bernard on Nov 30, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    ABS will not make them stop at traffic lights or change their attitudes, coupled with their non-existent aptitude, nothing can save them….

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    • Aikon on Dec 01, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Unfortunately, this is true of way too many kapchai riders and some of the larger cc bikes as well. Seen too many accidents at traffic lights already when they don’t respect the light to stop. It is their attitude really. To be fair, there are also many riders who stop in the middle of the night at empty junctions just to respect the red light. These are the good ones.

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  • Aku mau itu on Dec 01, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Next: Airbag for motorcycles too!

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  • TNT25 on Dec 06, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    So where to go to install one?

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  • Neamon Nasir Emon on Feb 15, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Can i install abs for Yamaha r15? from where?

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