Merits of Combined ABS
Advanced brake systems developed by Honda so far, CBS and ABS, were merged as combined ABS to enable to produce a greater effect. The figure below shows a comparison of maximum deceleration generated by operation of the pedal alone in a model between the conventional brake and the advanced brake systems. The deceleration generated by the pedal operation in the conventional brake system is approximately 0.4G (1G = 9.8m/s2). As against to it, the deceleration is increased in CBS by about 1.7 times by obtaining braking force of the front wheel. In case of combined ABS, furthermore, the deceleration is increased as much as approximately 2.3 times.
Expansion of Honda’s Advanced Brake System
A survey was conducted to find out how the advanced brake system of Honda was actually evaluated by users in the market. The following graph shows the satisfaction of users of four models sold in ten countries in Europe equipped with CBS and combined ABS. It can be seen that as many as 87.5% of users have a positive opinion about the advanced brake system.
Honda’s advanced brake system has rapidly increased in the latter half of 1990s. The aggregate throughout the world exceeded the mark of 1.5 million units in 2003. Approximately 50% of the models are now equipped with these advanced brake systems in Japan, America and Europe.
Future of Advanced Brake System of Honda
Honda aims at increasing the application of advanced brake systems to many more models in the future. The required performance and costs vary greatly by categories of motorcycles. Therefore, a proper system must be introduced according to the need. Ceaseless efforts are made for that purpose. For examples, there are systems adapted to the excellent kinetic characteristics of more sporty models and the development of more light and compact ABS. It is required, however, to overcome a variety of tasks for the realization of such goals.
Honda will strive for the development and expansion of advanced brake systems from the viewpoint of positively tackling with improving performance.