Beginning in 2016, anti-lock brakes will be required on all motorcycles manufactured for sale in Europe. Right now, MV Agusta is offering ABS on its flagship 1000cc F4 sportbike that incorporates Rear-Wheel Lift Mitigation (RLM). Other premium sportbikes, such as the BMW S1000RR, Ducati 1199 Panigale R and Kawasaki ZX-10R ABS, are similarly equipped with an anti-rear-wheel lift feature.
Bosch supplies the F4’s compact, lightweight 9MPlus control unit, which has pressure sensors that interface with two phonic wheels, one per wheel. According to MV Agusta, sophisticated algorithms reduce braking distances on low-traction surfaces while keeping the rear tire from lifting off the pavement—a common problem when riders are braking extremely hard on sportbikes fitted with powerful front brakes.
Standard on ABS versions of the F4, F4 R and top-of-the-line F4 RR, the new system has two operating modes, which can be selected using controls on the handlebars: 1) Normal for full-time application on the street; and 2) Race, which reduces intervention for track use. Don’t worry, stunters, the rider can also disengage the system.