Motorbikes over 50 cm3 could be forced to have ABS anti-lock brakes in Europe – including scooters, quad bikes and mopeds. The European Parliament’s internal market committee recently voted for the move in a regulation that covers both safety and vehicle emission standards. According to S&D group negotiator Kerstin Westphal, “This EU regulation is a life-saver. The ABS system for motorbikes and scooters is no bigger than a teacup – but it will save the lives of 500 bikers a year.” Road deaths fell in the region last year, but motorbike deaths jumped about 10 per cent. Studies show that ABS could cut the death toll by 20 per cent.
One jump ahead of that is BMW, whose new maxi scooters incorporate ABS as standard. These two premium models are the first fruits of BMW’s response to growing traffic volume, rising energy costs, and ever tougher CO2 regulations: an expansion into the urban mobility sector.
The new C 600 Sport and C 650 GT are fitted with a generously sized braking system consisting of a two-rotor disc brake at the front and a single disc brake at the rear, each 270?mm in diameter. They’re said to combine motorbike ride qualities with the agility and comfort of a scooter. Both use a fuel-injected 44 kW 650 cm3 two-cylinder inline engine with CVT.
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