Technical development

What drives us: the perfect brakes.

The notion of antilock braking systems was already being researched at a time when there were few cars and motorcycles: As early as the beginning of the 20th century, consideration was being given to how the wheels on planes and trains could be prevented from locking. The first antilock braking system for motorcycles came onto the market in 1988, ten years after ABS was introduced for passenger vehicles. In 1995, Bosch started series production of the first antilock braking system. The ABS generation 2L1 had a considerable weight of 4.5 kg.

At that time, all motorcycle ABS systems were based on the model from the automobile industry. However, the braking characteristics for a two-wheeled vehicle are completely different to those of a four-wheeled vehicle. For this reason, our engineers developed the first ABS system specially designed for motorcycles with the generation 9. The system is modular in design, allowing it to be adapted to a wide range of models: from light motorcycles to heavy-duty tourers.


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