Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS), which are now standard on cars, are increasingly becoming an option for motorcycles. While the technology may seem new for motorcycles, in actuality, it is not. BMW has offered ABS on production motorcycles since 1988 and now offers ABS as a standard feature on all of its motorcycles.
But, many motorcyclists are still unconvinced as to the benefits of the technology or are simply not aware of what ABS has to offer.
What ABS does is sense wheel rotation, and if the wheel reduces speed excessively during braking, it pulses the brake pressure to prevent the wheels from locking up. In an emergency braking situation, wheel lock-up is what causes the rider to lose control and go down. By preventing the wheels from locking up, ABS allows a motorcyclist to keep his or her bike upright and straight while braking.