Bosch, one of the world’s leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM), is set to grant its motorcycle division with autonomy. The German firm states that its Two-Wheeler and Powersports Division, which was formed in Japan last year, will operate separately from its main group where it will continue its focus on delivering electronic parts to key players in the bike industry.
For 2016, the division has announced a series of new offerings that includes an ABS suite for small capacity bikes plus an electric hub motor for scooters.
Starting with the new ABS suite, which is called ABS10, Bosch states that it has been developed specifically for use in small bikes with capacities of up to 250cc. It slots alongside the existing Bosch ABS9 suite and ite will enter production sometime later this year. Bosch further stated that the new ABS10 system was also developed as an affordable unit meant for use amongst bike models common in emerging markets.
In comparison to ABS9, ABS10 will be made 45% smaller and 30% lighter, and it will be available in two forms – single-channel (front wheel) and two-channel (front and rear wheels). Bosch further highlighted the high amount of work it invested into making the system cost-effective for cheaper bike models that may not have ABS brakes specified as standard equipment.
Also new from Bosch is an electric hub wheel motor (e-Scooter hub motor) that is able to replace the rear wheel of a regular scooter. Able to generate up to 2.4hp, the system also offers a boost function that offers a burst of extra power.
Currently, Bosch will offer the e-Scooter hub motor in China only where the e-Scooter genre has gained in popularity.
Both new systems will complement Bosch’s recent technologies for bikes such as the Vehicle Hold Control (primed in the Ducati Multistrada), its ‘Side-View Assist’, as well as the latest version of its Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that is primed in the new KTM 690 Duke R.