As a prototype, Honda has installed the Combined ABS on a CBR600RR.
Honda’s Combined ABS technology merges anti-lock brakes with a front and rear combined braking system. The Japanese manufacturer says the technology promises to provide greater deceleration 2.3 times greater than conventional brakes.
Already in use in the company’s scooters and tourers, Honda had to make some modifications to fit the characteristics of Supersport bikes, taking into account the short wheelbase and providing control without interfering with racing performance.
The Combined ABS system uses an electronically-controlled ‘brake-by-wire’ system with a stroke simulator. The amount of force a rider applies to hand and braking levers is carefully measured and the system calculates the optimum braking force applied to both front and rear wheels, respectively.
A modulator controls the anti-lock brakes to ensure smooth ABS intervention. For Supersport motorcycles, Honda divided the components into several smaller units for better integration.
In applying the Combined ABS system for sport riding, Honda focused on ensuring that performance would not be affected; the company says bikes using Combined ABS will retain the same level of control and cornering ability.