TIPS| HOW DOES AN ABS BRAKE SYSTEM WORK

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By: Sharizan Borhan|

Hey gang. This has been a much talked about topic recently to have  motorcycles fitted with ABS as a standard fitting rather than an optional accessory. As we already know or if you are new to the automotive world, ABS actually saves lives. Imagine locking up that front wheel in an emergency situation especially on 2 wheels. What happens next can be a very painful or fatal experience. And trust me….IT CAN HAPPEN to even the most seasoned rider. All it takes is a slip in concentration and reflexes.

You may claim that you can simulate the brake pressure regulated by an ABS system with your squeeze grip…but when an emergency happens, it may not turn out that way. It had even happen to me despite having 25 years of riding experience. Ahem…I am not exactly that old as I started riding at 16 yrs of age and experienced my first major accident at 17.

So how can ABS minimize the risk of a lock up?

ABS or Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) works to prevent a wheel lock up everytime you apply the brakes in any situation to any moving vehicle installed with one. ABS uses speed sensors on both wheels to accurately determine wheel speed it is also able to determine when a wheel is about to lock up.
Its an interesting feeling on the brake caliper or foot pedal when the ABS kicks in …you will feel a juddering effect or brake pressure being regulated many times to prevent a wheel lock up and allowing the rider be in total control in any situation.
Many studies have also shown that ABS systems does reduce braking distance as compared to vehicles not fitted with ABS.
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Here are some visuals where the ABS units are placed.
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So all in all, whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, ABS is the way to go. It is one of those burden lifter or must haves that gives you peace of mind when you are riding. It is worth forking out that extra penny to slow down safely.

Remember, prevention is always better than cure. Safety First. Your Life depends on it!

Video courtesy of Vicroads Australia.

Last modified: October 5, 2016

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