If you own a motorcycle you know there’s nothing like being on the open road with the throttle in your hand and the wind at your back. Riding a motorcycle brings on an overwhelming sense of freedom, exhilaration and excitement. This freedom also comes with lots of safety concerns. Knowing and understanding your bike and it’s parts will allow you to ride safely.
The most important part on your bike is the brakes, a rider’s best friend. As kids we were taught to use the back brakes on bicycles. Using the front brake entirely normally resulted in flipping over the handlebars. Experienced motorcyclist know to never apply the back brakes exclusively. Front brakes on motorcycles actually reduces speed with greater efficiency and smoother stopping power. The back brake has less stopping power, and can cause the bike to go into a skid causing an accident.
The Antilock Brake System has now moved over from cars and trucks to the cycle world. ABS prevents the wheel from locking up by automatically reducing brake pressure if it detects that is a wheel is about to stop rotating. It will then increase pressure again after traction is restored. This will allow the rider to brake fully without the fear of sliding.
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) Status Report confirms that motorcycles with ABS are 31% less likely to be involved in a fatal accident that motorcycles without ABS.
The IIHS is urging the government to make ABS mandatory on all motorcycles. In 2016 Europe will require all engine displacement larger than 125 cc to have ABS.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is watching to see how it all plays out in Europe. As of 2013 22% of the new models have standard ABS compared to less than 1% in 2007.
If you’ve had an accident call ICC Collision Center at 888-894-4079!