Motorcycling – more comfortable and safer than ever!
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- There is already a whole range of assistance systems available to improve motorcyclist comfort and safety.
If you commute by car, then you’re sure to have noticed motorcyclists frequently passing you by when in tailback. Do you commute by motorcycle? Then you already know how incredibly convenient that is, but also that you still have to make sure that other road users notice you. Fortunately, a whole range of cutting-edge technologies and driver assistance systems is available to make you feel safer than ever in busy traffic.
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Technology: safety and comfort
Motorcycle manufacturers are well aware of the hazards that traffic poses. They are developing increasingly advanced detection and active safety systems, capable of intervening even before an accident can take place.
Most motorcycles are already equipped with all kinds of systems. Other systems are still in development, but in a few years, they'll be just as 'standard' as, for example, ABS. An overview.
ABS or anti-lock braking system is probably the best-known active safety system; it’s installed in cars as well as on motorcycles.
ABS prevents the wheels from locking, maintains the motorcycle's stability (keeps it upright) and allows for safe deceleration when braking. It provides more traction when braking, even when braking hard or on slippery roads. This decreases the stopping distance and reduces the risk of falls. Starting in 2016, it became mandatory for every new 125cc motorcycle to be equipped with ABS.
Forward Collision Warning System
The Forward Collision Warning System is always ready to kick in, at any speed and under any circumstances.
It happens to everyone. You drift off just for a moment and before you know it, the traffic seems to slide backwards. The Forward Collision Warning System is a warning system developed by Bosch that reduces the risk and consequences of rear-end collisions.
The system detects when another vehicle is dangerously close, and the driver isn’t responding to the situation. Once the danger is detected, the system warns the driver by emitting an auditory alarm or a visual signal.
Blind Spot Warning
Blind spot detection should be familiar given that several cars are equipped with it. A radar sensor detects objects in hard-to-see places. If a vehicle is in the motorcycle’s blind spot, the system will warn you with a visual signal, for example in the rear-view mirror. That gives you the chance you need to safely change lanes.
Motorcycle Stability Control
This stability control works with sensors that record the rider-motorcycle dynamic. They measure the rotation speed of the front and rear wheels. What’s more, they also measure the vehicle's acceleration and lean angle 100 times a second.
As a result, you have much more control as a motorcyclist, even when cornering, where the lean angle of the vehicle is crucial. Brake control improves stability and braking efficiency in all driving situations. By analysing the sensor data, the MSC unit calculates the physical limits of the braking force and you can even brake when cornering.
Hill Hold Assist
Hill Hold Assist makes it easier to start on a slope from a standstill. As soon as the rider releases the brake lever and pedal on an incline, the function automatically holds the brakes for up to five seconds longer. The function automatically activates when at a standstill and deactivates on departure.
Traction control regulates the maximum motor torque so that the rear wheel no longer rotates when accelerating hard. It offers both asphalt and off-road support.
Wheelie Control detects the front wheel coming off the ground and adjusts the torque based on the speed and lean angle.
Rear-wheel lift-up control
If you brake hard with the front brake, the motorcycle's rear wheel can lift off the ground. This technology helps reduce the pressure on the front wheel by keeping the rear wheel connected to the ground.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Keeping the right distance from the vehicle in front of you in heavy traffic requires a significant dose of concentration. That's definitely true on the motorway, which can be incredibly tiring – especially over longer periods of time.
Adaptive Cruise Control adjusts the speed of the motorcycle to the speed of the vehicle in front, maintaining a safe distance. That keeps the motorcycle from any rear-end collisions due to driving to close to the car ahead.
Tyre pressure monitoring
This is an electronic system that monitors tyre pressure in real time and notifies the driver when air pressure is too low or high. This function not only improves driving safety but also prevents unnecessary fuel consumption and pointless tyre wear.
Automatic driving mode settings
Motorcycles are increasingly being equipped with ‘riding modes’. At the touch of a button, you can select a particular setting (ABS, stability control, suspension and throttle response) based on the road type (asphalt/gravel), the weather conditions (dry/rain) and driving behaviour (defensive/sports).
E-call initiates a smart emergency call in the event of an accident. The system was developed by BMW. In the event of an accident, the system automatically contacts the BMW call centre. If possible, e-call will contact the victim and emergency services. The system can also be switched on manually.