- Written by Carole Nash Editor
- Created: 27 October 2014
Automotive components manufacturer Bosch has won an award for its motorcycle stability control technology, which is designed to improve safety when braking and accelerating, even on bends or slippery roads.
Bosch MSC was recognised in the safety category at the annual "Dinner for Winner" in Belgium, an event that was set up to highlight innovative automotive technologies.
According to Bosch, its MSC technology computes the optimum distribution of braking force between the two wheels. It is based on the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and features an additional lean-angle sensor.
MSC constantly measures wheel speed, yaw rate, lean angle and pitch angle to modulate braking and acceleration, ensuring optimal safety in all riding situations, including difficult manoeuvres and cornering. When necessary, the system applies acceleration and braking proportionally to prevent the wheels from locking, spinning or lifting from the ground. It also monitors the riding situation to achieve maximum deceleration in straight-line braking.
According to Gerhard Steiger, president of the Chassis Systems Control division at Bosch, the technology offers motorcyclists the same degree of sensitivity as the ESP anti-skid system does in a car, counteracting any risk of wheel slip or wheel spin.
The first production motorcycle to feature MSC was KTM's 1190 Adventure and Adventure R models at the end of 2013. And the new KTM 1290 Super Adventure will offer MSC as standard, together with hill hold control and a lean angle-dependent drag torque control as optional features.