Safety levels are improving frequently as motorcycles are getting more powerful nowadays. With strong performance comes big responsibility, hence motorcycle manufacturers are now focusing on the safety features of two-wheelers. Few years back only cars were equipped with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) but today most of the manufacturers offer ABS as an option with their performance oriented bikes. Similarly, today we can see many cars with stability control system to prevent skidding or loss of traction. Now Bosch has come up with Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) system for bikes.
The new Motorcycle Stability Control system works in amalgamation with traction control system, combined brake system and ABS. The MSC works for both straight line and corner stability by sensing the bike’s lean angle and pitch. In corners, a bike tends to lose its line and angle when braking and to avoid this, MSC kicks in by altering the front to rear brake distribution. The system limits the maximum braking levels available during cornering and adjusts the combined braking system to prevent slides caused by excess braking in corners.
The Motorcycle Stability Control system also comes with traction control system controlling the torque reaching the rear wheel for maximum grip levels. There’s also a wheelie mitigation system that stops the front wheel lifting uncontrollably and instead gives a controllable lift. Finally there’s a stoppie stopping function too that cuts front brake force when the back wheel shows signs of lift-off. The sensors and the computers aboard constantly calculate the maximum possible braking levels available. We can see the new Bosch system in production guise on the 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure and Adventure R.