Motorcycle safety through smart technology

Spend a Sunday meandering your way along the Great Ocean road or through many of the other winding roads, all over Australia and you are sure to encounter dozens of motorcyclists gliding around the smooth curves. The freedom of controlling a machine through the bends accelerating and braking, shifting their weight, picking the best line and leaning into the corners makes a scenic ride even more enjoyable. However with the highs of motorcycle riding come significant risks, many of which can be reduced through intelligent selection of the bike’s safety features. A small change in balance or direction when rounding a corner, loose stones or the need to brake suddenly can all lead to loss of control accidents. A motorcycle ABS (Antilock Braking System) enables a rider the necessary time to focus on steering and balance while braking as hard as they can to wash off some of the speed. In an emergency the advanced versions of ABS can modulate the braking proportionally to allow the rider to rapidly reduce speed without worrying about locking a wheel and losing control. Some of these advanced systems also have the ability to detect if the rear wheel is lifting and modulate the brake force to make sure the wheels stay in touch with the road.

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  • Accession Number: 01528113
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 12 2014 10:00AM