Honda Promises Combined ABS Brakes on All Street Motorcycles over 250cc by 2010.
Better motorcycle braking technology holds the promise of reducing crashes and injuries. Honda says it's coming. Meanwhile its motorcycle sales are growing briskly. Honda's CEO says new braking technologies will be fitted to most of the company's motorcycle's within six years.
In a year-end speech outlining Honda's future plans, Takeo Fukui, President and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., promised that all of Honda's future street motorcycles with engine displacements over over 250cc will be equipped with an advanced combined/anti-lock braking system. This new braking technology will initially be fitted to all touring and sport bikes—which Fukui says will happen by the end of 2007—and all streetbikes in this over 250cc displacement range by the end of this decade.
Motorcyclists generally go a poor job of braking effectively when confronted with a panic situation. Overbraking can can lead to loss of control from wheel lock-up. Braking insufficiently can cause a collision that would be preventable if the rider used his brakes fully or it can cause the motorcycle to simply impact an unavoidable object at a higher speed with greater injuries than they should. More forgiving braking technologies—which allow the rider to use the brakes aggressively without the fear of wheel lock-up and a summary spill—appear to be the best way of addressing these issues.