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ABS for your Two-wheeler and Why it’s Good for your Bike

By Juhi Walia
16 August 2022, 5:41 PM

A bike is usually preferred due to the ease and comfort it provides in maximum road conditions. You, however, cannot ignore the hazards associated with riding one, no matter how efficient you are. For instance, in a situation like one of the two brakes of a two-wheeler locking while you’re applying an emergency brake, which makes the ride extremely risky. 

Fret not, there are ways to avert such mishaps and their after-effects. All you need to do is get the anti-lock braking system (ABS) for the former and a two-wheeler insurance policy for the latter. An ABS can drastically reduce the chances of accidents due to the locking of the wheels on hard-braking. ABS assists your tyres in maintaining their traction on the ground and keeps the bike balanced on the road.

How ABS Works

Often positioned on the rear wheel, this type of braking system is made up of three parts: the ECU kit, the brakes, and the wheel speed sensors that are programmed to check for the possibility of a wheel lock-up constantly.  The sensor is linked to the electronic control unit, allowing the wheel to roll for a short distance before locking at regular intervals. This is how ABS works in motorcycles.

ABS performs an anticipatory function. It features electrical sensors that detect locking before it happens. As a result, when the rider uses the brakes, ABS will intervene and deliver the proper amount of braking force. As a result, the braking system's performance is maximised, and the bike will slow down without losing traction. An anti-lock braking system can help you stop faster and avoid skidding. 

This one-of-a-kind technology enables passionate riders to ride in any weather condition. ABS is often implemented with disc brakes, although it cannot be used with drum brakes.

Prevents Skidding and Going Off-balance

The RTO had made ABS obligatory on bikes under the 150cc category. Moreover, the main advantage that ABS gives is that it prevents the riders from going off balance or skidding, saving them  from many riding hazards.

Reduce the Halt Distance

When used correctly, ABS can minimise stopping distance. A bike without ABS would continue to run for 30 metres after applying brakes from an initial speed of 80 km/hr. If the identical bike had ABS, it would have stopped 30 metres sooner. Since ABS provides consistent traction to the tyres, motorcycles with this feature have more effective speed scrubbing. Heavy braking can cause the wheels to lock and lose traction without ABS. This causes the motorbike to slide as the tyres strive to grasp the surface.

Get Better Control

A motorcyclist understands the significance of control in maintaining a smooth ride. In emergency braking circumstances, ABS gives you more control on your ride. The bike also has a better chance of stopping in a straight line and losing speed in a manageable way. As a result, it aids in maintaining control of the ride and minimises the likelihood of sliding. Whereas two-wheelers without ABS are more prone to losing traction in emergency braking situations, leaving the rider with little steering control. In bad weather, this might result in a tumble or a crash.

Keep the Stoppie Away

Whether you are a professional stuntman or not, you’d rather avoid your bike to do a stoppie or a wheelie without your command. And this might happen if your two-wheeler is not equipped with ABS. 

Even when the weather is poor and the roads are slimy, an ABS-equipped two-wheeler can provide significantly greater traction. Furthermore, when equipped with ABS, braking is more efficient. In comparison, braking is far more sudden without ABS, resulting in a stoppie, skidding, or fall.

The hydraulic mechanism modulates the braking pressure on an ABS-equipped bike, so the user perceives a slight pulsing on the brake lever. As a result, if you push the brake system, the ABS, in conjunction with the hydraulics, sends you warning signals.


As you can see, ABS is beneficial whether you are a first-time or a seasoned rider. The technology is advantageous and can save your life in the majority of on-road circumstances. When shopping for a new two-wheeler, look for one with ABS.

As a biker, you understand that even a single metre might be the difference between a safe ride and an accident, or between life and death. Make an informed decision. Choose ABS for a stress-free trip.

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1. While buying bike insurance, which is better online or offline?

Given the range of benefits and the simplicity it offers, the online method is surely the better among the two. 

2. Is online renewal of two-wheeler insurance safer?

Yes, it is absolutely safer. Not only is it easily accessible, it is also less stressful than running around from branch to branch or chasing the agents endlessly to do the needful

3. Are online bike insurance policies cheaper than the offline mode?

Absolutely, as you eliminate the middle-men or the agents, thereby saving on the commission money that you would need to give them. It is cost-effective for there is no paperwork involved.

4. Will a soft copy of the policy be accepted?

Yes, provided it has been saved in the government approved Digilocker mobile app.

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