Honda Shows 'Combined' ABS for Sport Bikes

Publish Date: 
Jun 16, 2008

TORRANCE, Calif. - Honda says it has come up with the world's first electronically controlled "Combined ABS" for super sport motorcycles (you'll recall BMW came up with "linked" ABS a few years back).

Honda earlier this year announced a plan to improve the product attractiveness of its medium- to large-size bikes by introducing environmental and safety technologies like a Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system and this electronically controlled combined ABS (C-ABS) system.

Designed specifically to function with the particular characteristics of sport bikes, the "brake by wire" system, currently in prototype form, offers traditional sport bike handling with increased rider control and stability, Honda says.

The OEM says the system's effectiveness owes to four main factors:

1. Electronic control, allowing more advanced control of brake force. This provides a more sensitive distribution of brake force over both wheels.

2. Measurement of rider input force on each lever. The ideal brake force on both wheels is generated accordingly, providing optimum distribution and minimizing vehicle body reaction.

3. An "ABS modulator" which ensures late triggering of ABS, and smooth ABS intervention.

4. Small size, meaning that the system's components can be well integrated in the motorcycle's package. Thus mass-centralization, a key feature for sport bikes, is supported.