BMW has introduced a new safety feature for 2016, the dynamic brake light. The added functionality activates in two stages when the motorcycle brakes hard; the first stage flashes the light when the motorcycle decelerates from speeds above 30 mph, while the second stage turns on the hazard flashers as the motorcycle nears a stop. The brake light and hazard flashers remain on until the motorcycle accelerates again to more than 12 mph. The dynamic brake light will be offered for 2016 as part of the ABS Pro option for the R 1200 GS and S 1000 XR models and as standard equipment on all K 1600 models.
Additionally, BMW announced new color options for some 2016 models, including the S 1000 RR, S 1000 R, S 1000 XR, , F 800 GT, R 1200 GS, R 1200 RT, R nineT and K 1600 GT. Scroll through the gallery below to see the new color options for each model.
The full text of BMW's press material for the dynamic brake light follows:
Munich. Braking and being seen by the traffic behind is of essential importance for motorcycle riders. That is why BMW Motorrad has developed the dynamic brake light as a component of the Strategy “Safety 360°”. It can warn drivers of following vehicles even better about when the motorcycle in front of them is braking.
This additional brake light function, which is still limited to the EU / ECE area, warns following traffic in two stages when the motorcycle in front brakes hard or makes an emergency braking manoeuvre. Stage one is activated when the motorcycle decelerates from speeds above 50 km/h. In this case the brake light flashes with a frequency of 5 Hz. As the motorcycle approaches standstill (< 14 km/h), the hazard warning flashers are also turned on in the second stage. These remain turned on until the motorcycle accelerates again to a minimum speed of 20 km/h.
ABS Pro incl. dynamic brake light available for six models from model year 2016.
The dynamic brake light is available as an option ex works in conjunction with ABS Pro (in conjunction with the option “Ride Modes Pro”) from model year 2016 for the models R 1200 GS, R 1200 GS Adventure and S 1000 XR. The K 1600 GT, GTL and GTL Exclusive luxury tourers will feature this safety feature as standard from model year 2016 - as the ideal supplement to ABS Pro.
Compared to conventional ABS, ABS Pro goes a step further offering increased safety when braking in bends by allowing ABS-supported braking when banking. Here, ABS Pro prevents the wheels from locking even when the brakes are applied quickly; this reduces abrupt changes in steering force on shock-braking manoeuvres and stops the motorcycle from rearing up unintentionally. The benefits of ABS Pro to the rider are a sensitive response and a high level of brake and ride stability together with the best possible deceleration on bends.