Anti-lock Brakes: Breaking New Ground in the Motorcycle Community
Since its inception is the 1950s on aircrafts, to its use on production automobiles in the late 1970s, ABS has made major progress. Anti-lock brakes, commonly referred to as "ABS," is a concept that is nothing new to most people when it comes to automobiles. However, when we begin to discuss anti-lock braking systems and their use within the motorcycle industry, the topic tends to take a rather controversial shift. The use of ABS, which at one time was almost unheard of, is rapidly growing in popularity with today's motorcycle manufacturers.
Believe it or not, 2017 marks the 29th year since Bavarian Motor Works (BMW) Mottorad became the first manufacturer in the world to offer ABS as an option on its ever so popular K100 series motorcycles. Looking back to the late '80s, ABS was still in its beginning stages, even in the automobile industry, and was quite elementary at that. Comparatively, today's systems and far more sophisticated than what they were almost four decades ago. When developing the ABS systems for motorcycles, one of the first problems taken into account by the BMW team was figuring out how to adapt technology from the automotive world. The pulsation that commonly occurs when the ABS engages was no longer being transferred to the controller of the vehicle through a pedal, rather a hand and foot operated lever. The kick back of the system initially made ABS-braking exceptionally difficult for the operator.
Fast forward five years to 1993 and BMW is debuting is second-generation anti-lock braking system. Advancements in electronics allowed BMW to develop new ways of improving reliability and upgrading the control system for better hydraulic regulation. These technological advancements also allowed engineers to redesign...