Government's wish to make ABS mandatory is not liked by manufacturers
Snapshot: Inspired by Europe, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) had made a move to make ABS compulsory in all motorcycles irrespective of their cubic capacities
Safety is one of the least considered criteria for an average Indian motorcycle buyer. Sadly, money is the first the difference between the first and the second, which is the looks, is a massive one. In order to take a step closer to the road safety, MoRTH tried to make the ABS a standard in all the motorcycles available in India, but received a very underwhelming response from the two-wheeler manufacturers.
ABS, in many ways, is a life saving technology that prevents tyres from locking in case of hard braking and makes the rider more in control of the motorcycle. And seeing the condition of Indian roads and no possibility of things improving in the next few years, it is a very important and bold move. ABS works brilliantly well on gravel and wet roads making it a boon for Indian motorcyclists.
More than the bike manufacturers, the customers are to be blamed for this. In a market that is governed by price and mileage, little heed is given to safety features like ABS and disc brakes, and people react very adversely to the consecutive price rise.
Probably that is the same cost-cutting effort that has stopped players like Kawasaki to not introduce Ninja 300 and Ninja 650 with the ABS variants that are standard everywhere else in the world. And that is also the same very reason why KTM Duke 390 gathered all the respect for launching ABS as a standard fitment in India.
We are sure that if in mass-production, the cost of ABS can be drastically reduced than what it is right now. But the main question remains that who will tie the bell on the cat's neck?
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