Royal Enfield will soon equip its entire range of retro-styled motorcycles with life-saving ABS safety technology. We now have details of what kind of ABS each Royal Enfield motorcycle will get. While the Bullet, Classic and Thunderbird range is expected to get single channel ABS, the Himalayan and the upcoming Interceptor and Continental GT 650 twins will receive dual/twin channel ABS.
This strategy will allow Royal Enfield to keep the price increase (due to ABS addition) low on its best selling motorcycles. ABS equipped Royal Enfield are likely to be rolled out in weeks from now. The company already exports ABS equipped motorcycles to markets around the world.
ABS stands for anti-lock braking system, a technology that ensures that wheels don’t lock up even during emergency braking, thus preventing the rider from losing balance due to a skid. Skids invariably occur when brakes of a motorcycle lock up during emergency braking, leaving the rider unable to steer the motorcycle. This causes a lot of accidents, and ABS is meant to prevent this.
Single channel ABS is cheaper, and acts only on the front wheel of the motorcycle while dual channel ABS is more expensive, and acts on both wheels. Dual channel ABS is better than single channel ABS due to the increased control it offers. However, single channel ABS is better than not having ABS at all.
The Indian government has made it mandatory for all new two wheelers with engines measuring 125cc or more to have ABS as compulsary from the 1st of April, 2018. Existing two wheelers have until the 1st of April, 2019, to comply with this rule. This move will make Indian roads a lot safer as ABS will prevent many accidents due to skids.
Riding two wheelers is particularly treacherous during wet weather. ABS will be an additional layer of protection while riding in the wet. It will not only reduce braking distance in most cases as the rider can brake hard without worrying about the brakes locking, but will also allow riders to steer around obstacles even under hard braking.