Another cog in the wheel has turned, bringing us closer to complete adoption of anti-lock brakes as standard equipment on motorcycles, as BMW Motorrad USA has announced that all 2012 BMW motorcycles will come standard with ABS. It was 23 years ago that BMW brought the technology to motorcycles, so it seems only fitting that the company would be the first to implement the technology across its full line-up.
To the chagrin of some motorcycle enthusiasts, ABS has slowly seen its way onto a variety of motorcycles over the years, including the sportbike segment. It seems only a matter of time before it becomes standard across all manufacturers, not just BMW Motorrad.
“Plain and simple, being able to stop a motorcycle faster and more predictably helps prevent a rider from becoming a statistic,” said Pieter de Waal, Vice President, BMW Motorrad USA. “It’s time for all of us in the motorcycle industry to embrace the benefits of ABS. Extensive testing by safety experts, law enforcement authorities and journalists around the world consistently demonstrates that ABS reduces overall crashes and saves lives.”
Adding further weight to the ABS argument is a recent study done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which revealed that motorcycles equipped with ABS are 37% less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than models without ABS. “I commend BMW for taking the lead in making ABS standard across the board,” said Adrian Lund, IIHS President. “Our research results show ABS on motorcycles saves lives, and riders are taking note, too. A recent survey found that a majority of riders said they would look for ABS on their next bikes.”
Like it or not, ABS seems destined to stay, and it is expected that soon the European Union will mandate the technology on all new motorcycles. For those still concerned about the technology for off-road use, although we had no issues with Yamaha’s implementation of ABS on the 2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré, BMW’s off-road oriented bikes will come with an on/off switch for the ABS module to appease your Luddite ways.
Source: BMW Motorrad USA