Increased motorcycle stability from Continental


Tier one automotive supplier Continental recently announced the latest version of its Motorcycle Inegral Brake (MIB) system, which features new functionality.

The optimized curve braking function, is based on the interaction between numerous sensorics and high-performance algorithms in a sensorbox. The anti-lock brake system (ABS) adapts as a function of how much a rider leans into a curve, depending on the situation. The sensor cluster provides signals on roll and pitch rates plus lateral acceleration to help determine the angle at which a rider is leaning and checks the data around one hundred times per second. As the rider leans more into a corner, the system further limits the speed of the brake-pressure increase at the beginning of braking. The resultant braking pressure accumulates in a more gradual fashion.

“The system takes account of the fact that a motorcycle banks when cornering. The ABS kicks in more gradually, modulating braking pressure more smoothly to improve handling in curves”, expalined Lothar Kienle, head of Development Motorcycle in the Vehicle Dynamics Business Unit. “The MIB system makes sure that brake pressure is applied to both the front and rear wheel in ideal proportion. The result is greater overall stability. The motorcycle translates a rider’s braking intention without a radical shift in weight – a prerequisite for dynamic handling and enjoyment coupled with a reassuring sense of safety.”

The function will go into series production, with the new BMW S 1000 XR motorcycle in early summer of 2015.

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