Honda first with emergency braking

Honda first with emergency braking

Honda Motorcycles look like being the first to introduce emergency braking that automatically stops a motorcycle if it detects an imminent crash. In 2015, the United Nations #STOPTHECRASH campaign called for autonomous emergency braking on all bikes. The system activates usually at slow speeds if an obstacle is sensed in front of the bike. There …

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ABS disc brakes coming to Royal Enfield? study

ABS disc brakes coming to Royal Enfield?

The 2017 range of Royal Enfield have launched in the UK with dual-channel ABS, a rear disc instead of drum brake and a “Redditch” selection of three bright new colours. There is a stony silence from Australia distributors Urban Moto Imports (UMI) about the likelihood of these coming to Australia. Perhaps they are still stuck …

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Kawasaki Versys-X 300 with Bosch 10 ABS unit confirms

Kawasaki first with lightest ABS unit

The Kawasaki Versys-X 300 (pictured above) will be the first production motorcycle to use the new Bosch 10 ABS unit which is their smallest, lightest and most effective yet. It will be followed by the 2018 Suzuki GSX-S125 ABS. Kawasaki Motors Australia has not yet confirmed whether we will be getting the new small-bore adventure bike. The …

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ABS alcohol lock road safety safe

Is ABS as safe as officials believe?

Europe is mandating ABS on motorcycles and it is being considered in Australia but only now is a survey seeking to find out if ABS is safe in the real world. British road safety researcher Elaine Hardy is seeking riders around the globe who have been involved in a crash on a bike fitted with …

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2017 Harley-Davidson Street 500

2017 Harley Street 500 more secure

The 2017 Harley-Davidson Street 500 is a little bit more secure with a Smart Security System and safer anti-lock brakes fitted as standard. New price is $11,495 ($11.995 NZ), up $750 on previous prices, but Harley Australia marketing guru Adam Wright says he believes customers will appreciate ABS and the immobiliser system. He says ABS adds a safety …

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SMIDSY collision high visibility road safety

How to avoid SMIDSY collisions

SMIDSY (sorry, mate, I didn’t see you) collisions occur, not because motorists don’t look, but because they don’t look twice and when they do they don’t perceive how close we are. That’s according to a Texas Tech University psychologist who says people think smaller objects are further away than they appear and conversely bigger objects are closer. Researcher …

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2012 Harley-Davidson Road Glide ABS failure mandatory

Probe into Harley-Davidson ABS failure

The American National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 43 complaints of ABS failure on models built from 2008 to 2011 after owners failed to regularly replace their brake fluid. The NHTSA report follows three crashes and two injuries from an ABS-related failure. It says Harley-Davidson advises owners to replace the brake fluid every two years, …

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How to ride safely in the wet

How to ride safely in the wet: part 2

Next time it’s raining and the roads are wet, don’t stay inside watching the TV,  get out and ride safely using our expert riding tips. It’s good practice. Rather than give you our tips for riding on wet roads, we assembled a panel of experts to get their tips on riding techniques, tyre choice, roadcraft, …

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Bosch hill hold and blind spot alert study mandatory

Irresponsible advice on motorcycle ABS

A VicRoads brochure has given the wrong impression of ABS (anti-lock brake systems) and even offered advice that riders fit an aftermarket system. The comments have been considered irresponsible and dangerous by university safety researcher Ross Blackman. UPDATE: VicRoads has now replied to all the concerns mentioned in this article. Scan down to ‘VICROADS REPLIES’ for …

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