Honda has a new electronically controlled combined ABS system for super sport motorcycles. ABS is something that we are usually more comfortable seeing on a touring bike or any bike ridden in a less aggressive manner. When rider control of braking inputs is critical, as it is in any high speed environment, the thought of any ABS system taking control at the wrong moment can make a rider just a wee bit uneasy. This “brake by wire” system uses electronic control of the brakes for “Combined ABS” and looks like it is aimed at not upsetting the balance, precisely monitoring input on both levers to generate braking force to both wheels accordingly.
Given Honda’s demonstrated technical prowess, there’s probably a very good chance this works very well. It will be interesting to see back to back comparisons with bikes equipped with this system and without.
Honda press release:
Honda has announced the world’s first electronically-controlled “Combined ABS” for Super Sport motorcycles, aimed at combining ABS and CBS systems into one system that applies the basic advantages of both, while specifically addressing the requirements of a Super Sport context.
In order to achieve this, the particular characteristics of Super Sport bikes, such as short wheelbase, are taken into account. The system also operates without interference to sports riding, and with an emphasis on maintaining full rider control.
The system consists of an electronically controlled combined “brake by wire” system with an innovative stroke simulator. Direct motor control ensures precise operation of the ABS. The components are divided into several smaller units so there are more, but smaller units than in previous systems.
The system’s effectiveness is due to four main factors:
1. Electronic control of the CBS, allowing more advanced control of brake force. This provides a more sensitive distribution of brake force over both wheels.
2, Measurement of rider input force on each lever. The ideal brake force on both wheels is generated accordingly, providing optimum distribution and minimizing vehicle body reaction.
3. An “ABS modulator” which ensures late triggering of ABS, and smooth ABS intervention.
4. Small size meaning that the system’s components can be well integrated in the motorcycle’s package. Thus mass-centralisation, a key feature for Super Sport bikes, is supported.
All the basic ABS and CBS functions are provided, including the prevention of wheel lock, improved balance and easy operation. This is achieved without any compromise to stability during ABS operation. Pitching is minimized so that the bike keeps its normal position. Overall, sport riding performance is uninterrupted – cornering feel remains the same and controllability is enhanced.