Even though ABS variants are priced higher, buyers in India are showing more preference towards bikes with ABS. As per inputs received, Bajaj Auto Limited, leading two wheeler makers in the country has noted more than 50% sales of Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 and Dominar 400 ABS variants which are priced higher than their non ABS counterparts by INR 15,000. Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 gets front wheel ABS while the Dominar 400 receives dual channel ABS.
This Anti Lock Braking System prevents wheel lock up thus ensuring hard braking is safer by preventing skidding. Judging by increased sales of Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 and Dominar 400 ABS variants, it can be seen that there is a clear shift towards rider safety.
Even though Bajaj Pulsar RS200 ABS is of a single channel type which governs only the front wheel, it significantly enhances safety as shown in video. A locked front wheel is a prime reason for most motorcycle accidents and by preventing it, one can come out of a sticky situation without much drama.
RS200’s single-channel ABS is supplied by Bosch and is offered on the top-end variant with a price addition of INR 12,000. The compact unit regulates the front brake pressure to keep the wheel from locking. As you can see, the non-ABS version loses control in a dangerous manner in both gravel and wet slippery surface leading to a fall or increased braking distance.
ABS equipped variant performs admirably well under both tricky conditions and enables the bike to come to a halt within the required distance. Most importantly, under such conditions, ABS lets the rider have complete control of the bike.
In view of the staggering number of two wheeler related accidents on Indian roads, from 2018, Anti Lock Braking System – ABS will be offered as standard on all two wheelers within the country. This is as per a government announcement made in March 2016 which will eliminate all old bikes without ABS.
The regulation will apply to two wheelers with engine displacement of over 125cc while for two wheelers with engine displacement below or equal to 125cc, bike makers will have the choice to install ABS or combined brake system – CBS to meet requirements. This equipment will reduce collision speed thus reducing the severity of injuries sustained.