Bosch Unveils Motorcycle Stability Control to Boost Rider Safety


Farmington Hills-based Robert Bosch LLC, a global supplier of technology and services, has developed an anti-lock braking system and lean angle sensors that allow riders to brake and accelerate more safely.

“(This system) is the next big step in motorcycle safety,” says Frank Sgambati, director of marketing and product innovation for chassis systems control at Bosch. “With nearly half of all motorcycle fatalities occurring along curves, this technology will help riders to pilot safely through these challenging situations.”

Called motorcycle stability control, the system was recently made available on Austrian manufacturer KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG’s 1190 Adventure models, and will be installed on the new 2015 1290 Super Adventure.

The platform measures key motorcycle data, such as wheel speed and lean angles, to control braking and acceleration. It then applies acceleration and braking proportionally to prevent the wheels from locking, spinning, or lifting from the ground, and monitors the riding situation to achieve maximum deceleration in straight-line braking.

Each year, nearly 5,000 motorcycle fatalities occur in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.