Saturday, July 04, 2009

NHTSA may make ABS mandatory for bikes in the US


Here's an MCN comparison test between an ABS-equipped Fireblade vs a non-ABS 'Blade. Don't know about you, we're certainly convinced ABS works!

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the US is now considering the viability of making it mandatory for all new motorcycles sold in the US to be fitted with anti-lock brakes (ABS). An insurance institute study in North America showed that the rate of fatal crashes was 28% lower for motorcycles equipped with ABS as compared to motorcycles without ABS.

Motorcycle deaths in the US went up from 2,116 in 1997 to 5,154 in 2007. Motorcycle fatalities also went up from 21 per million miles travelled in 1997 to 39 per million miles travelled in 2007. The incidence of serious injuries also doubled in the same period.

Via The Detroit News

4 comments:

Andrew said...

I do wonder with these sorts of statistics why the US stills resists a mandatory helmet law?

Anonymous said...

Because we don't need someone else telling us how to live our lives. I really hope this dosen't happen, life is about choices and this would take another one away.

Melis said...

While I think ABS would be nice to have on a moto, if I'm not mistaken, you can still buy ca car without ABS. I don't think its mandatory on cars...yet.
Yesterday I saw a bunch of bikers rapidly lane splitting moving traffic, and then one of them rear-ended a car changing lanes. The guy went through the back window and totaled his bike..ABS wouldn't have helped.

It all boils down to...there is no replacement for smart riding.

tim said...

And where was ABATE during the whole discussion regarding ABS?? Oh yeah, they are busy making motorcycling safer by abolishing helemt laws! Brilliant - just brilliant.
Melis: of course there is no substitution for riding while stupid so I miss your point. I would love to see ABS available on something other than a Beemr or Gold Wing. But I would like to see insurance rates adjusted for the additional safety factor.
Annonymous: you must be an ABATE member with comments like that. You must think dragging your feet is a choice in place of ABS. Is a paper bag a good choice in lieu of a helmet? Duh!

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