Motorcycle: Electronic devices and good tires ensure safe driving

(djd). For many motorcycle riders, using electronic devices such antilock braking systems (ABS) or electronic stability programs (ESP) means breaking new ground while car drivers have been accustomed to them for years. However, those electronic devices are making their way into the motorcycle industry. Since the beginning of 2017. ABS must be installed in all motorcycles with a cubic capacity of more than 125 cubic meters. And electronic stability programs for motorcycles are being developed as well. Those electronic devices provide additional safety, especially in critical situations, but they also require a different way of driving. Riders, for example, have to first get accustomed to being able to fully step on the brakes without having to be afraid of blocking wheels.

Tires make a difference

Motorcycle riders should know that ABS is only as good as the tires, or rather the state the tires are in. The better the tires, the less frequently ABS is needed. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to the quality and condition of the tires when using this new technique. Tire pressure and thread depth should regularly be checked. By law, tire thread depth must be at least 1.6 millimeters and every additional millimeter increases safety. Tires should be replaced before they reach their minimum thread depth. Ordering online is easy, for example at However, the same rules that apply when driving a vehicle also apply when driving a motorcycle: Electronic devices and good tires cannot make up for losing control of the bike or driving recklessly. Responsible driving should be a given. .



More safety in critical situations

In combination with excellent tires, electronic systems can definitely increase safety. “However, driving with ABS requires practice because the driver first has to get accustomed to being able to fully step on the brakes. Additionally, drivers need to get accustomed to the differences in the systems,” says Oliver Pflaum from But overturns and accidents can be prevented that way. Additionally, some bikes already feature a so-called Motorbike Stability Control System (MSC). That system constantly measures the tilted position of the bike and adjusts the necessary support provided by ABS and traction control which provides additional safety, for example, in bends. Stability systems reduce the danger of so-called lowsiders, i.e. accidents in bends during which the wheels of the bike slide outwards.

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