India's third-largest two-wheeler maker TVS Motor on Friday launched a motorbike model that would make skidding and slipping not an accident, but an act of dare-devilry.
The motorcycle, a variant of the existing 180-cc Apache RTR, comes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), hitherto used in passenger cars and high-end imported mobikes. ABS is a technology that prevents wheel locking that happens during hard braking, thus minimising the risk of skidding. At Rs 78,880 (ex-showroom Delhi), it is almost Rs 10,000 dearer than a non ABS Apache, but by far the smallest and cheapest mobike to get the technology in the world.
"ABS technology prevents skidding and assists effective braking, especially in wet and muddy roads while providing for shorter cornering," said HS Goindi, president, marketing, TVS Motor. "We have tested this vehicle comprehensively at speeds of 120 kmph on wet roads and can say with some authority that falling off from this mobike will not be that easy. Unless one intends to."
The technology has been developed by component maker Continental's chasis and safety division in collaboration with TVS. The latter had first showcased the mobike during the New Delhi Auto Expo last year.
"ABS for motorcycles is a decisive step towards evolution of safety to such a level that no serious accidents happen on the road," said Murali Srinivasan, general manager, Continental.