Kawasaki First to Adopt Bosch Advanced Rider Assistance Systems

2019 Kawasaki 1400 GTR for illustrative purposes only
  • Kawasaki will be the first to fully adopt the Bosch Advanced Rider Assistance Systems.

  • The suite of systems helps to ensure safe following system, avoid forward collision and provide blind spot warning.

  • Which model has not been revealed.

There were intense speculation that the Ducati Multistrada 1260 Grand Tour or new KTM 1290 Super Adventure would debut advanced rider systems. But it turned out that Kawasaki will be the first to adopt the Bosch Advanced Rider Assistance Systems.

The Multistrada 1260 Grand Tour was unveiled at the Ducati World Premiere 2019 while the KTM 1290 Super Adventure wasn’t ready for EICMA 2019. Now it’s said the 2021 Multistrada V4 and the upcoming KTM will feature such systems.

Kawasaki has since announced that one of their models will feature the Bosch Advance Rider Assistance Systems. The set of electronics include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), forward collision warning and blind spot detection. The system was adopted from Advanced Driver Assistance Systems for cars.

According to Bosch, the three systems are active at all times, scanning for potential hazards. We can agree that our attention can sometimes be distracted or get lulled into a sense of contempt.

The system is fed by data from a pair of mid-range radars up front and behind the bike. With the cruise control activated the ACC will have the bike maintain a safe distance to the vehicle in front.

As for the forward collision warning system, it will detect brake lights on the vehicle up ahead and warns the rider with a visual as well as aural cues.

Blind spot detection works like in some upscale cars by inserting a warning light in the rearview mirror. (A great feature for sportbikers.)

Kawasaki did not mention which model will feature these new systems, but our guess is the new 1400GTR since it’s a sport-tourer and the Euro 5-compliant model hasn’t been revealed yet.

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