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Cheaper Cornering ABS from Bosch

Bosch has developed lighter, cheaper versions of its high-tech riding aids such as lean sensitive ABS and traction control, and for the first time these are being applied to sub-400cc bikes such as the Indian-made TVS Apache RTR 310, which uses the latest version of Bosch’s MSC (Motorcycle Stability Control). The 2024 KTM 390 Duke (also made by TVS) is also fitted with the new-generation kit, with a Bosch 3D inertial measurement unit (IMU) which integrates various functions via the MSC.

Interviewed in MCN, Geoff Liersch, head of Bosch’s Two-Wheeler and Powersports unit highlighted the safety benefits of making these systems available on cheaper bikes. “It’s pretty simple for me,” he said. “I would like to see 100% MSC systems on every motorcycle that exists in the world. Why? Because we can save 30% of the accidents.”

The MSC system moderates braking and acceleration through bends by monitoring a bike’s dynamics via the IMU sensors. Bosch is now offering a 3D (measuring the bike’s dynamics along three axes) or more sophisticated 6D (along six axes) IMU system in conjunction with its smaller, lighter ABS 10 unit.

BMF Chair Jim Freeman saw no reason why buyers of smaller bikes, and indeed scooters, shouldn’t have access to high tech rider aids. “If they can do it while keeping the pricing razor sharp, I’m all for it. Trouble is, will they sell as many? Will the margins be too squeezed? Will riders want a slightly cheaper KTM 390, or a much cheaper TVS? Are KTM , Triumph and BMW forcing a pricing policy in Europe? This isn’t a new subject: ‘ If you want to keep making some of our range, while selling similar products under your own label, you’re going to have to offer a similar spec, not an ultra-cheap ‘basics’ version.’ My view? If there was a difference between £4,000 and £ 5,000 I’d go for the no-frills version. ”

Written by Peter Henshaw

Top image courtesy of TVS