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Motorcycle ABS is now Smaller, Lighter and more Affordable

Oct 22, 2013

  • The two-channel ABS MK 100 MAB is showcased for the first time at the EICMA.
  • Continental creates own organizational unit for business with electronic brake systems for motorcycles.

Frankfurt am Main, Germany, October 22, 2013. With the MK 100 MAB, the international automotive supplier Continental has developed a new anti-lock brake system (ABS) for motorcycles that is approximately 50% smaller and lighter and thus lower in price than previous systems. This new two-channel ABS will be presented for the first time from November 7th to 11th at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. The MK 100 MAB is suitable for all motorcycle types and will initially go into series production in Europe in 2015.

The new motorcycle ABS MK 100 MAB is suitable for all motorcycle types and approximately 50% smaller and lighter than previous systems. Image download 

This enhanced system is not only approximately 50% smaller and lighter than the two-channel ABS currently on the market – moreover, due to its enhanced, sturdier features, the MK 100 MAB can be more easily adapted to different motorcycle types. The standard design of the new system includes not only the ABS function, but also a rear wheel lift-off protection system (RLP). Depending on individual customer requirements, a sport ABS function adapted for race track operation, an off-road ABS for off-road driving, and a traction control system for compensating for traction loss during acceleration are also possible.

Continental concentrates motorcycle business in own organizational unit

For as long as ten years now, Continental has developed and produced anti-lock brake systems for two-wheelers to continuously improve active driving safety for motorcycles. In mid-2013, business devoted to electronic brake systems for motorcycles was concentrated in its own organizational unit within the Vehicle Dynamics (VED) Business Unit of the Chassis & Safety Division. "Continental intends to further expand its already growing motorcycle business in the years to come – a new organizational unit dedicated to this business forms the basis for this expansion," explained Ronan Le Roy, Head of the newly created organizational unit Motorcycle Business.

Ronan Le Roy is Head of the newly created organizational unit Motorcycle Business within the Vehicle Dynamics (VED) Business Unit. Image download 

Just as for passenger cars, anti-lock brake systems are important for motorcycles to ensure that the vehicle remains stable when slamming on the brakes and that the front wheel does not lock, thus preventing uncontrolled skidding. "Studies by ADAC and DEKRA show that 20% to 30% of all accidents can be prevented by equipping motorcycles with an ABS," said Ronan Le Roy. "With to the widespread use of ABS systems in motorcycles and scooters, the number of people seriously and fatally injured could be lowered considerably." The European Union (EU) has already reacted to this: ABS systems are to be mandatory in Europe for all motorcycles over 125 cubic centimeters. This regulation will be effective as of 2016 for newly developed model series, and for all new motorcycles from 2017 onwards.

Continental offers a number of different electronic brake systems for motorcycles, all of which are based on the tried-and-tested ABS technology for passenger cars:
The one-channel ABS is suitable for smaller motorcycles and scooters and was specially developed for more cost-sensitive markets, such as Asia. It prevents the front wheel from locking during braking, thereby reducing the accident risk for the driver.
The two-channel ABS from Continental has already been in production since 2008; the further enhanced MK 100 MAB will also be ready for serial production starting in 2015. This Motorcycle Anti-Lock Brake system (MAB) offers improved brake control and thus optimal deceleration for added driving safety.
The Motorcycle Integral Brake system (MIB) allows the brake to be applied to both wheels even if the driver only activates the front brake lever. The system detects the braking intention and actively builds pressure on the other brake circuit, causing both wheels to decelerate.