The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the United States has put its voice behind calls for mandatory antilock brake systems on all new motorcycles.
The IIHS says crash statistics for motorcycles in the period from 2003 to 2008 showed bikes with ABS were 37 per cent less likely to be involved in fatal collisions.
The organization says that a Highway Loss Data Institute study found that bikes with ABS were 22 per cent less likely to be involved in a crash that caused damage to the motorcycle.
From an IIHS press release of May 6:
"Recent research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety strongly demonstrates the benefits of antilock brakes for motorcycles. Based on findings that antilocks significantly reduce motorcycle crashes, including fatal ones by more than a third, the Institute is seeking a federal requirement that manufacturers equip all new motorcycles with this technology.
"’The best motorcycle crash is one that never happens,’ says Institute president Adrian Lund. ‘Traveling on two wheels instead of four is always riskier, but our new research shows that antilock brake technology can make motorcycle riding a much safer way to get around.’"
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that it would look at the efficacy of requiring all street bikes to be equipped with ABS systems.