Thursday, April 21, 2011
BMW to have ABS as standard equipment on all their bikes from 2012
BMW were the first motorcycle manufacturer to start offering anti-lock brakes (ABS) on their production bikes. Some might actually find it hard to believe, but BMW K-series bikes were already available with ABS in 1988. Of course, that ABS will probably not be comparable to what you’d find on an S1000RR today, but still, there’s no getting away from the fact that BMW pioneered the concept of anti-lock brakes on production bikes.
Now, BMW have taken another big step towards promoting safety for motorcyclists – the company has announced that ABS will be standard fitment on all its bikes from 2012 onwards. Yes, we think this how it should be – ABS is an extremely useful safety feature on high-performance bikes – and we hope all other motorcycle manufacturers will follow BMW’s example very soon.
‘Plain and simple, being able to stop a motorcycle faster and more predictably helps prevent a rider from becoming a statistic. 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,’ says Pieter de Waal, Vice President, BMW Motorrad USA.
‘We commend BMW for taking the lead to improve motorcycle safety. Motorcycle fatalities and injuries have been on an upward trend for the past ten years and ABS and other safety technologies can help reduce these tragedies,’ adds David Strickland, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the US.
A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) revealed that motorcycles equipped with antilock brakes are 37 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than models without ABS. ‘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,’ says Adrian Lund, President, IIHS.