ABS Makes its Debut in the 3-Cylinder MV Agusta MY14 Range

27 01 2014

January 27, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The 2014 3-cylinder models, the Brutale 675 and 800, the F3 675 and 800 and the Rivale 800 are now also available with dual-function ABS: Normal and Race Mode.

140127 MV Agusta ABS

With an internal pressure sensor and independent wheel sensors on each axle, the Bosch 9MP ABS control unit offers unmatched size and weight. The ABS was specifically developed to provide safer, more effective deceleration on all road surfaces without compromising either the power or the progressiveness of the system and with the clear aim of obtaining the shortest possible braking distances.

On all models the bike control software gives riders full freedom of choice by allowing them to deactivate the ABS system via the relevant set-up menu. Furthermore, on the F3 675 and F3 800 models the ABS can be set to one of two modes: Normal Mode for everyday riding and Race Mode for the racetrack or more aggressive road riding.

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ABS Also Debuts on the New F4 Range

10 04 2013

April 10, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The anti-lock braking system with RLM (anti-rear wheel lift) is now available on the new F4 range, offering a significant contribution in terms of both safety and performance, under all driving conditions.

MV Augusta F4-ABS

The heart of the ABS system installed upon the MV Agusta F4 supersport model is the compact and lightweight Bosch 9MPlus control unit. The unit contains pressure sensors that interface with the two phonic wheels, one per wheel. The main objective is naturally to reduce the braking distance upon wet, damp or otherwise low-traction surfaces. In addition to preventing the dangerous locking of the wheels, thanks to the control unit’s sophisticated algorithms, the MV Agusta ABS system also prevents the relative deceleration from causing the rear wheel to lose contact with the asphalt, thus impeding the motorcycle from tipping forward. This situation – which is not uncommon on sports motorcycles equipped with extremely powerful braking systems – is prevented by the Bosch 9MPlus control unit, which implements the appropriate countermeasures whenever the rear wheel loses contact with the asphalt.

MV Agusta Bosch 9MPlus

The ABS system on the new F4 range even offers two operating modes which can be easily selected using the handlebar controls: Normal mode, which ensures the system’s effective intervention at all times, above all when on the road, and Race mode, which limits the system’s intervention to the minimum indispensable, ideal for use on the track and on roadways that allow for a more extreme approach. The system can also be disengaged if desired by the rider.

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Consumer Reports Survey: Harley-Davidson and BMW Less Reliable Than Japanese Motorcycles

28 03 2013

Antilock Brakes on Motorcycles Seen as Lifesaving Feature          

YONKERS, NY – March 26, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Harley-Davidson may be an iconic American maker of motorcycles but its bikes have been repair-prone, according to Consumer Reports’ first-ever motorcycle reliability survey, conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.

About one in four owners of Harley-Davidson motorcycles reported experiencing a major problem in the previous four years. The full report is available at ConsumerReports.org and in the May issue of Consumer Reports, which hits newsstands on March 28.  

BMW motorcycles were even less reliable than Harley-Davidsons with about one in three owners reporting problems in the previous four years. Only about one in ten Yamaha owners experienced issues during that time, followed closely Kawasaki and Honda.

“Reliability is one of many factors consumers might consider when purchasing a motorcycle. However, other factors like sculpted lines and rumbling engines also strike the right note among motorcyclists,” said Rik Paul , Auto Editor, Consumer Reports.

Despite the higher number of problems, Harley and BMW owners were among the most satisfied with their bikes. When asked whether, considering everything, they would buy their bike again if they had to do it over, 75 percent of Harley owners said definitely yes, closely followed by 74 percent of BMW owners and 72 percent of Honda owners. By contrast, only 63 and 60 percent of Yamaha and Kawasaki owners, respectively, were as emphatic in this subjective measure.

Among the bikes that needed repairs, survey respondents reporting having the most trouble with accessories, such as lights, instruments, switches, and radios (21 percent), brakes (20 percent), the electrical system (16 percent), and the fuel system (15 percent). Fortunately, most repairs were fairly inexpensive. Three quarters cost less than $200 out-of-pocket.

A welcome trend in motorcycle technology is the growing availability of antilock brakes (ABS). Bikes equipped with ABS are 37 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal crash, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This critical feature is now standard on many high-end models and adds only a few hundred dollars to the price of more basic bikes – an investment Consumer Reports believes to be worthwhile and potentially lifesaving.

About Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports is the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, website and other publications.   Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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ABS Now Available on the Entire Lineup of MV Agusta Brutale Four Cylinder Models

13 02 2013

February 13, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) -The 2013 4-cylinder Brutale models: Brutale 1090, Brutale 1090 R and Brutale 1090 RR, are now available in ABS versions incorporating two riding modes: Normal and Race Mode.

MV Agusta ABS

The ABS unit employed is the Bosch 9MP, the market leader offering the maximum performance in the lightest and most compact package which makes it the ideal unit to incorporate into the limited amount of available space on the Brutale. The Bosch ABS unit incorporates internal pressure sensors which work together with the independent wheels speed sensors to give the internal control system the required vehicle information.

The ABS has been developed with the precise objective of offering the most secure and effective deceleration in all riding conditions without sacrificing the braking power and progressivity for which the Brutale has become known. In order to offer the maximum liberty to all riders, on all three Brutale models the ABS system can be deactivated by the rider by way of the vehicle control software via the menu in the speedometer. Additionally, on the Brutale 1090 RR there is the Race Mode which can be utilized specifically on the race track or during aggressive street riding.

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Ducati preview the release of their 2013 Multistrada models

20 09 2012

BORGO PANIGALE (Bologna) – September 19, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Ducati has given a preview of its highly-anticipated 2013 range by revealing exciting new Multistrada models that introduce new features such as enhanced aesthetics, a second generation Testastretta 11° engine, the very latest ABS and, on the “S” versions, the innovative semi-active suspension system, Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS).

The brand new range, full of owner-inspired improvements, signals the next stage of the Multistrada journey with a longlist of fascinating and high-tech features. It includes the Multistrada 1200 with the associated Riding Mode technologies of Ride-by-Wire (R-b-W) and Ducati Traction Control (DTC) in addition to the very latest in ABS, while the Multistrada 1200 S Touring is now equipped with Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS), R-b-W, DTC and ABS with additional side luggage, heated grips and centre stand. The new touring flagship of the range for 2013 is the Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo with increased side luggage capacity, top case, additional LED illumination, enhanced wind protection and long-distance tires, while the enhanced Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak celebrates the sporting side of the model’s character with a replica of the famous 2012 mountain race bike in its stunning new race-winning livery.

The Multistrada’s award-winning Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro electronic Riding Modes enable a truly enjoyable and customizable riding experience separated by just one click of a button. The four-bikes-in-one concept makes instant adjustment to power and torque delivery in addition to electronic adjustment of suspension settings, traction control, and now ABS and Ducati Skyhook Suspension, instantly transforming the Multistrada 1200 to suit its rider and environment with even more precision.

Hailed as a true ‘game-changing’ motorcycle, Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 has attracted all types of riders to the Italian brand by removing the borders between different motorcycle categories and creating a model that is not only powerful and playful, but also a comfortable and versatile adventure on two wheels. The eight-level DTC and new three-level ABS introduce the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) concept to the Multistrada family; further underlining Ducati’s focus on performance safety.

Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 International Press Test is set to take place in Bilbao, Spain from 20-27 September, while the first public showing of the 2013 Multistrada range will be at the INTERMOT motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany from 3-7 October. The brand new Multistrada 1200 models will be available via the official Ducati dealer network from December 2012.

Tim Collins
Public Relations Manager

Ducati North America, Inc.
10443 Bandley Drive
Cupertino, CA 95014
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cell. +1 408 326 9957
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tim.collins@ducati.com
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BMW makes ABS standard on all motorcycles

8 07 2012

BMW Motorrad model update for the model year 2013. BMW Motorrad ABS available as standard in all models worldwide. Dynamic and Touring packages for the BMW F 800 R.

MUNICH, GERMANY July 6, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – A number of model updates will be integrated in the BMW Motorrad program for the model year 2013.The models will be available for order in the new configuration at all BMW Motorrad dealerships from August 2012.

BMW Motorrad ABS as standard in all models worldwide.
As a leading motorcycle manufacturer, BMW Motorrad has always been aware of its social responsibility in connection with motorcycling safety. In 1988 the company presented the world’s first serial production motorcycles with the antilock brake system ABS – the most effective technical safety bonus to this day. Now follows the next logical step: as of the model year 2013, BMW Motorrad will be the first manufacturer in the world to provide ABS in all models as standard. This is a proactive step, clearly pre-empting the requirement for ABS which is likely to be introduced in 2016 for all newly registered motorcycles in Europe.

BMW F 800 R.
From model year 2013 the BMW F 800 R is available in the following new paint finishes:

  •   Racing blue metallic/Alpine white
  •   Sapphire black metallic

The following paint finishes are no longer available: Alpine white/Black satin gloss, Magma red/White aluminium metallic matt.

BMW F 800 R Dynamic package.
In the Dynamic package, BMW Motorrad offers a combination of options and special accessories which underline the dynamic flair of the BMW F 800 R even more strikingly. The package comprises:

  • Engine spoiler
  • LED rear light
  • LED turn indicators
  • Pillion seat cover

The Dynamic package is available for the F 800 R from August in conjunction with a new vehicle order. The package price in Germany is € 295.- incl. 19 % VAT (price saving € 138.-).

BMW F 800 R Touring package.
The ideal package motorcyclists who love to travel, the new Touring package for the F 800 R focuses on ride comfort and touring capability. The package comprises:

  • Heated grips
  • On-board computer
  • Socket
  • Luggage rack
  • Pannier holder
  • Centre stand

The Touring package is available for the BMW F 800 R from August in conjunction with a new vehicle order. The package price in Germany is € 495.- incl. 19 % VAT (price saving € 215.-).

BMW G 650 GS.
From model year 2013 the BMW G 650 GS is available in the following new paint finish:

  • Sunset yellow

The paint finish Orange red is no longer available.

BMW R 1200 R.
From model year 2013 the BMW R 1200 R is available in the following new paint finishes:

  • Montego blue metallic
  • Magnesium beige metallic

The paint finishes Red apple metallic and Smoke grey metallic are no longer available.

BMW S 1000 RR.
From model year 2013 the BMW S 1000 RR is available in the following new paint finish:

  • Granite grey metallic matt

The paint finish Bluefire is no longer available.

BMW K 1300 S.
From model year 2013 the BMW K 1300 S is available in the following new paint finish:

  • Sapphire black metallic/Dark graphite metallic

The paint finish Magma red/Sapphire black metallic is no longer available.

BMW K 1300 R.
From model year 2013 the BMW K 1300 R is available in the following new paint finishes:

  • Racing red/Sapphire Black metallic
  • Sapphire black metallic/Black satin gloss

The paint finishes Ostra grey metallic matt/Sapphire black metallic, Light grey metallic and Black satin gloss/Granite grey metallic matt are no longer available.

The sports wheels previously available as an optional extra are now included in the range of standard fittings. The Dynamic package of the K 1300 R therefore no longer includes them. The latter thus comprises heated grips, on-board computer, LED turn indicators, the Sport windshield, Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA II and the shift assistant. The package price has been adjusted downwards accordingly and is now € 890.- (previously € 1,000.-; price valid for the German market).

BMW K 1600 GT.
From model year 2013 the BMW K 1600 GT is available in the following new paint finishes:

  • Dark graphite metallic
  • Montego blue metallic

The paint finish Vermilion red metallic is no longer available.

The LED additional headlamps are available as of October 2012 as a new option for the K 1600 GT (previously only for the K 1600 GTL).

In the 5.7-inch TFT colour screen on the instrument panel, there is now an optional digital speed display or the logo “6”.

BMW K 1600 GTL.
From model year 2013 the BMW K 1600 GTL is available in the following new paint finishes:

  • Dark graphite metallic
  • Damask red metallic

The paint finish Royal blue metallic is no longer available.

In the 5.7-inch TFT colour screen on the instrument panel, there is now an optional digital speed display or the logo “6”.

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2012 NC700X / NC700X with DCT and Combined ABS – Features & Benefits

20 01 2012

TORRANCE, CA – January 20, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Check out the 2012 Honda NC700X, and what do you see? An adventure-style bike? An urban assault commuter? A country road explorer? A two-up getaway machine? Or perhaps all of the above? Whatever your personal vision of the NC700X may be, color it fun because this is one bike that offers a perfect blend of style, handling and power for tackling whatever the day’s agenda may hold. Credit its long-travel suspension, abundant torque and more, plus a six-speed gearbox or the choice of an automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) with a Combined Antilock Braking System. So whether you’re new to the sport, a longtime rider or just getting back into the riding scene, the NC700X offers the comfort, ease of use and practicality of an everyday motorcycle that’s also surprisingly affordable.

Features & Benefits

  • All-new liquid-cooled eight-valve 670cc parallel-twin engine pumps out plenty of torque in the low-end and midrange for easily accessible power.
  • The impressively broad torque curve gives the NC700X an extraordinarily linear and smooth power delivery.
  • Purpose-built engine architecture with a relatively long engine stroke (80mm combined with a 73mm bore diameter) and a high-inertia crankshaft add to the NC700X’s extremely tractable power characteristics.
  • The 62-degree forward lean given to the cylinder assembly facilitates near-vertical mounting of the single 36mm throttle body for superior intake port positioning and shaping. In addition, special shaping to the combustion chambers further enhances engine combustion efficiency for clean burning and optimal power production.
  • Engine balancer shaft quells vibration for smooth, comfortable operation.
  • Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) continuously monitors numerous variables to ensure the correct fuel mixture for existing riding and atmospheric conditions, thereby delivering optimal performance and remarkably crisp throttle response over a wide range of operating conditions.
  • NC700X features manual six-speed transmission.
  • NC700X DCT/ABS features a second-generation automatic six-speed Honda Dual Clutch Transmission that uses two hydraulically controlled clutches to deliver quick and smooth gear changes in a choice of three modes: Manual (MT), which allows the rider to shift gears using buttons, and two automatic (AT) modes—S for sport riding and D for everyday use.
  • DCT model also features Honda Combined ABS to provide full antilock functionality for powerful and secure braking action.
  • Fuel tank located under the seat contributes to mass centralization and a low center of gravity, making the NC700X feel remarkably light.
  • Large 21-liter secure internal storage area (positioned where the fuel tank typically rests in other models) accepts a helmet or other gear for added versatility.
  • Fuel capacity of 3.7 gallons gives the NC700X a cruising range of nearly 240 miles.
  • A rigid and compact diamond-shape steel frame, low center of gravity plus long-travel suspension help make the NC700X delightfully responsive and agile.
  • Brawny 41mm front fork provides a full 6.0 inches of travel, while the Pro-Link® single shock rear suspension system delivers an impressive 5.9 inches of wheel travel.
  • Open, roomy ergonomics position the rider in a well-balanced seating position for all-day comfort.
  • Modern adventure-bike styling gives the NC700X the look of an urban assault commuter as well as a country road explorer.
  • Windscreen and bodywork route wind around the rider, adding to comfort and reducing fatigue.
  • A large array of available accessories allows owners to add just the right combination of capabilities to suit individual preferences and expand their adventure.

Honda Genuine Accessories†

  • 45-Liter Rear Trunk, Rear Trunk Liner, 29-Liter Saddlebags, Saddlebag Liner Set, Saddlebag Panel Kit, Windscreen (High), Rear Carrier, Front Side Cowl Panel, Foot Deflector Kit, Leg Deflector Kit, LED Fog Light Kit, Front Accent Pipe, Heated Grips, 12V DC Socket Kit, Centerstand (Final accessories are TBD and are subject to change without notice)

† WARRANTY: Because we’re so confident in the quality of each of our Honda Genuine Accessories, we’re pleased to offer one of the best warranties in the industry. One-year warranty begins on the day accessories are purchased by the customer.

About Honda
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and MUVs in the U.S. American Honda’s Motorcycle Division conducts the sales, marketing and operational activities for these products through authorized Honda dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to www.powersports.honda.com.

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2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R with ABS

1 05 2011

April 29, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newwire) – SpeedTV’s Greg White recently joined Kawasaki’s Jeff Herzog for a day of riding the Southern California Canyons on the all-new ZX-10R with ABS, to see just how well this bike performs on the street. Turns out, the ZX-10R isn’t just a top choice for marking the fastest lap times around your favorite tracks, Available with ABS, it’s also a great bike for tackling real world riding conditions such as rain, cold and varying asphalt conditions. Check out Jeff and Greg’s ride!

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BMW Motorcycles First to Offer Life-Saving Antilock Brakes (ABS) on all Models

19 04 2011

Motorcycles with ABS 37 Percent Less Likely to Be in a Fatal Crash

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – April 19, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – After pioneering the concept of antilock brakes (ABS) on motorcycles 23 years ago, BMW Motorrad USA announced today that it will be the first motorcycle manufacturer to offer ABS as standard equipment on its entire range of 2012 model year motorcycles.

“Plain and simple, being able to stop a motorcycle faster and more predictably helps prevent a rider from becoming a statistic,” said Pieter de Waal, Vice President, BMW Motorrad USA. “It’s time for all of us in the motorcycle industry to embrace the benefits of ABS. Extensive testing by safety experts, law enforcement authorities and journalists around the world consistently demonstrates that ABS reduces overall crashes and saves lives.”

“We commend BMW for taking the lead to improve motorcycle safety,” said David Strickland, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Motorcycle fatalities and injuries have been on an upward trend for the past ten years and ABS and other safety technologies can help reduce these tragedies.”

An analysis of 2010 motorcycle crashes released today by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reveals that although motorcyclist fatalities are down for the past two years, they began to slightly increase in the third quarter of 2010. GHSA Executive Director Barbara Harsha noted, “We are concerned that motorcycle deaths may be on the rise again. ABS and other safety technologies and programs can help continue the progress that has been made in motorcycle safety.”

A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) revealed that motorcycles equipped with antilock brakes are 37 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than models without ABS. “I commend BMW for taking the lead in making ABS standard across the board,” said Adrian Lund, IIHS president. “Our research results show ABS on motorcycles saves lives, and riders are taking note, too. A recent survey found that a majority of riders said they would look for ABS on their next bikes.”

According to IIHS, many factors contribute to motorcycle crashes, but improper braking was identified as a major pre-impact factor in a study of motorcycle crashes. When brakes are applied too gently, the rider risks colliding with the obstacle. If brakes are applied too hard, the wheels can lock and cause an overturn. ABS is crash avoidance technology, meaning it helps reduce brake pressure by detecting an impending lockup and then increasing the pressure again when wheel traction is restored. Brake pressure is evaluated by a sensor multiple times per second, so riders may brake fully in a straight line without fear of locking up.

Many law enforcement agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, concluded after testing that ABS reduced the number and severity of accidents and now mandate them on their police motorcycles. Internationally, BMW is the largest seller of motorcycles for law enforcement use. More than 80,000 BMW police motorcycles are currently in official use in over 150 countries on five continents. In the United States, more than 225 law enforcement agencies have BMW police motorcycles in their fleets of patrol vehicles.

BMW was the first motorcycle manufacturer to introduce ABS in 1988 and now offers a sixth generation and numerous ABS options across its product line, including a system that can be switched off for off-road or track use.

In addition to ABS, BMW has pioneered other technologies to improve the safety and environmental impact of its motorcycles, including:

  • The world’s first “Adaptive Headlight” for increased safety at night (available on the 2012 BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL)
  • A multi-controller on the left-hand grip (available on the 2012 BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL), which allows riders to operate the motorcycle’s systems and adjust its settings without taking their hands off the bars
  • Electronic Suspension Adjustment — ESA II — to allow rebound damping and spring rate to be adjusted at the touch of a button to suit load and road conditions
  • Dynamic Traction Control (to adjust engine torque to the level of grip and angle of lean, reducing risk of wheelspin and improving control on treacherous surfaces)
  • The world’s first motorcycle catalytic converter and closed loop fuel injection to radically reduce emissions

Rider skill training is a key element to motorcycle safety. The latest Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) Owner Survey found that fewer than 50 percent of riders have taken formal rider education and training such as the Basic RiderCourse offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. BMW offers on- and off-road motorcycle training at the BMW Performance Driving School in Greer, SC.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 138 BMW motorcycle retailers, 105 MINI passenger car dealers, and 30 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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