Tips for braking with ABS

Brake the motorcycle, not the fun of the ride

The first rule of braking with ABS: brake as though you did not have ABS.

  • Begin braking using the foot brake as far as possible.
  • Pull the brake lever quickly, but not abruptly. Once the brake pads have fully engaged, increase the braking pressure quickly, and in significant amounts.
  • When performing a full braking maneuver, brake on straight course within the ABS control range. Depending on the model, you can tell that the ABS has kicked in through a gentle pulsing on the hand and foot brake levers, as well as a tacking noise.
  • When performing a full braking maneuver, always disengage the clutch at the same time.
  • When braking in bends, increase the braking pressure gently to prevent the front wheel from slipping to the side.
  • Always pay attention to the rear of the motorcycle when performing a full braking maneuver. If the rear wheel lifts up, you should reduce the braking pressure on the front wheel as quickly as possible.
  • Modern ABS systems can support the driver in this regard. The generation 9 motorcycle ABS systems from Bosch all feature intelligent rear-wheel lift-up control and have been developed to facilitate braking at full power in all emergency braking situations when traveling in a straight line.

Please note that the behavior of ABS systems can vary in certain circumstances depending on the ABS manufacturer and the type of motorcycle. This is due to differences in the ABS system itself, but also the way the motorcycle is designed by the manufacturer and the different ABS modes.

The best preparation for an emergency: preparation. Practice braking in the ABS control range regularly. This will allow you to use the antilock braking system to its full potential in the event of a serious incident. The best way to practice this is as part of driving safety training.


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