Indian roads have always been full of surprises and this why such a high number of accidents happen. Recently, the Indian government made the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) mandatory for all the two-wheelers that are powered by 125cc or higher engine capacity. ABS is a feature, which certainly will be a lifesaver, especially on the Indian roads, where any vehicle or pedestrian can appear out of nowhere. ABS can save lives and these three videos below will show you why!
Honda CBR 1000RR Fireblade
This video is by BIKER BOY ZAHIR who can be seen riding his Honda CBR 1000RR Fireblade on the relatively empty roads. The incident happened in West Bengal but the exact location remains unknown. The video is taken from the helmet camera of the rider and he can be seen riding at moderate speeds. At a T-junction, the rider can be seen taking a left. However, there are several mini-trucks are parked, which blocks the view of the road. Nonetheless, the rider starts taking the left turn and moves his head to check if there is any high-speed vehicle coming from the right-hand side of the road. However, as soon as he took the left, a rickshaw carrying rods appears out of nowhere. The rider misses it narrowly by hitting the brakes hard. Without ABS, it could have turned into a disaster.
Kawasaki Versys 1000
This video is from the mountains by Dr Paritosh who is riding his Kawasaki Versys 1000. The rider again is recording the roads ahead from the helmet-mounted camera. The bike can be seen going at a good speed around the corners. However, after a few corners, the biker suddenly sees a Jeep Compass SUV casually parked in the middle of the road. Since it is a blind corner, the biker applies emergency brakes and was pushed to the other side of the road too. However, luckily there was no other vehicle in the opposite lane or it could have been a high-speed accident. Again, the ABS kicked in during the emergency braking and helped the bike to slow down and avoid the obstacle in time.
Bajaj Dominar 400 ABS
This video is from an open highway and has been uploaded by Hermès D4. Since the road is empty, the rider can be seen munching miles at a high speed. Suddenly, he sees a biker taking a sudden right without checking for vehicles behind him. Also, there was no rearview mirror on the bike. The Bajaj Dominar rider uses emergency braking and somehow avoids the collision.
The art of safe riding in India
Riding at high speed can be extremely dangerous in India as seen in the examples above. Sure, there are highways and roads where one can speed up but it is always advisable to stay within the speed limits to be safe. Defensive riding, where you expect all the other motorists on the road to ride like a nuisance can save you from a lot of trouble. Always, maintain speed and be alert of the dangers ahead as they can happen at any time on the Indian roads. Also, ABS is a life-saver and is extremely handy in such situations where emergency braking is needed.