ABS stands for anti-lock braking system and not anti-braking system that many people confuse it as. And ABS helps save lives. Here are five real life incidents from Indian roads that prove this, and all these incidents have been caught on video.
As the video clearly shows, a Bajaj Pulsar 150 with two men aboard is traveling on a wet road, at a decent pace. The bikers encounter a puddle in a corner and don’t brake in advance. While cornering, the water on the road causes them to skid, and fall. The KTM Duke 390 that;’ following the Pulsar 150 manages to stop in time simply because of ABS. Grabbing the brakes on a non-ABS equipped bike would have certainly led to a skid in this situation.
This is why ABS is so important on all motorcycles. Notably, the KTM Duke 390 gets ABS as standard while the Pulsar 150 doesn’t get it even as an option. Only the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS and 200 RS get ABS as an option, and that too only a single-channel ABS system that works only on the front wheel. In India, the cheapest ABS equipped bike is the TVS Apache RTR 180. Prices start from Rs. 90,507. Meanwhile, here are 4 more videos that show ABS in action,
How does ABS work?
The ABS system – through wheel mounted sensors – constantly monitors wheel speed, and regulates braking pressure. It makes sure that the wheels don’t lock up even under very hard braking. The ABS system does this by relaxing braking pressure in minute amounts under hard braking so that the wheels don’t lock up. ABS is designed to prevent skids due to panic/emergency braking. It is particularly useful on wet roads where a two wheeler can easily skid while braking.
In India, ABS will become mandatory on all new, 125cc+ bikes launched from April 2018. Older bikes that are currently in production with engine capacities over 125cc will have to be equipped with ABS by their respective manufacturers from April 2019. Sub-125cc bikes and scooters will get CBS (combined braking system) as standard from April 2017. In CBS, when a single brake lever is pressed, both the front and rear brakes are activated. This makes braking safer by reducing the chances of skidding. However, CBS is inferior to ABS.