Bosch has developed motorcycle stability control (MSC), the first brake control system for motorcycles to ensure the best possible stability in all riding situations. It supports the biker during both braking and accelerating, and while riding straight as well as while cornering. The motorcycle’s handling – and thus all the pleasure of riding – remains unchanged. The system will already be available at the end of 2013 with the KTM 1190 Adventure and 1190 Adventure R 2014 models.
“Almost one in two fatal motorcycle accidents occurs in a bend,” says Gerhard Steiger, president of the Bosch Chassis Systems Control division. “The Bosch MSC motorcycle stability control can help further reduce the number of accidents.” In 2010, more than 5,000 motorcyclists died in road accidents in Europe alone. Studies show that ABS on its own can prevent around one-quarter of all motorcycle accidents that lead to injury or death. The new stability control will increase this number even further.
Improved safety – also in bends “The technical basis of the MSC is the ABS enhanced system for motorcycles,” says Fevzi Yildirim, head of the Bosch center of competence for powered two-wheeler safety in Japan. “The new functions are made possible by an extensive array of sensors and sophisticated software.” This system offers motorcycle manufacturers and their demanding customers a whole range of safety functions:
Electronic systems identify the limits of driving dynamics The motorcycle stability control uses an extensive array of sensors to register the driving dynamics of the machine. Wheel sensors measure the rotational speed of the front and rear wheels, and an inertia sensor module computes the vehicle’s lean and pitch angles more than 100 times per second. By analyzing the sensor data, the difference in speed between front and rear wheels, as well as other motorcycle-specific parameters such as tire size, tire shape, and sensor location, the ABS control unit calculates the physical limits of brake force on the basis of lean angle.
If the motorcycle stability control recognizes that a wheel is starting to lock, the ABS control unit activates the pressure modulator in the hydraulic brake circuit. This lowers the brake pressure and builds it up again within a fraction of a second, with the result that exactly as much brake pressure is applied as is necessary to keep each wheel from locking.
For motorcyclists, the Bosch MSC can be a lifesaver. However, just like ABS, it cannot suspend the laws of physics. In particular, extreme misjudgment of the riding situation and major errors on the part of the biker can still lead to an accident. Nonetheless, the system supports bikers in borderline situations, helping them get more out of their motorcycles, while keeping them much safer at the same time