A new study has been launched to enhance understanding of crashes involving motorcycles fitted with Advanced Braking Systems (ABS).
The European study – by researchers from Italy, Greece, Austria and the UK – will aim to identify the dynamics of crashes between Powered Two Wheelers (PTWs) that have ABS (pictured) – and another vehicle, object or road/side.
To help with the study, researchers are looking to survey motorcyclists (click here to take the survey) who have experienced a crash on a bike fitted with ABS between 2010 and 2015.
At present, any new type approved motorcycle that is over 125cc must have an ABS system fitted. This decision was taken by the European Union, who in 2011 argued that ABS would reduce casualties by 20% over the next 10 years.
The study sets out to understand the specifics of the impact of the PTW fitted with ABS and how this affects the rider in terms the trajectory of the rider post-impact and the type of possible injuries sustained by the rider.
The findings will be used to provide information to improve training and the technical development of ABS in the future.
For more information contact Dr Elaine Hardy, the author of the survey.