MCN man Trevor Franklin has just ridden the much hyped ABS Honda CBR600RR and said for the road it makes perfect sense.
Trev rode a CBR600RR equipped with one of the three ABS prototypes at a test facility in Germany and it’s obvious that this is completely different from anything that Honda has produced so far.
In use the system is very refined with hardly any signs of typical ABS judder as the system cuts the brakes in and out or the combined braking system overtaking the rider’s feel.
The ABS used for the test was a prototype still undergoing costly development but Honda has committed to putting ABS or CBS on all of its bikes over 250cc by 2010.
Honda has had to go back to the drawing board to design an ABS system that works on a supersport motorcycle. The problems stem from the short wheel base and a constant pitching and yaw of the machine under severe braking.
The result is an electronically activated ABS and link brake system to ensure balanced braking between front and rear. This is done by the use of electric motors supplying high pressure braking and a very clever ECU that detects wheel lock front and rear via wheel speed sensors, machine speed and engine RPM.
You’ll be able to read Trev’s full report on the motorcycle and ABS system in the June 18 edition of MCN