BMW Motorrad is introducing dynamic brake light to six models in Europe in 2016 to increase rider safety. Braking and being seen by the traffic behind is essential for motorcycle riders. That’s why BMW Motorrad has developed the dynamic brake light as a part of their “Safety 360°” strategy. It can warn drivers of following vehicles even better about when the motorcycle in front of them is braking.
This additional brake light function, which is limited to the EU / ECE area, warns following traffic in two stages when the motorcycle in front brakes hard or makes an emergency braking maneuver. Stage one is activated when the motorcycle decelerates hard from speeds above 50 km/h (31 mph). In this case, the brake light flashes at a frequency of 5 Hz. If the motorcycle continues braking to near a standstill (< 14 km/h, 9 mph), the hazard warning flashers are also turned on as a second stage. These remain turned on until the motorcycle accelerates again to a minimum speed of 20 km/h (12 mph).
The dynamic brake light will be available as an option from the factory in conjunction with ABS Pro (which is only available with the “Ride Modes Pro” option) from model year 2016 for the R1200GS, R1200GS Adventure and S1000XR. The K1600GT, GTL and GTL Exclusive luxury tourers will feature this safety feature as standard from model year 2016 — as the ideal supplement to ABS Pro.
Compared to conventional ABS, ABS Pro goes a step further by offering increased safety when braking in the turns by allowing ABS-supported braking when leaned over. Here, ABS Pro prevents the wheels from locking even when the brakes are applied quickly; this reduces abrupt changes in steering force on shock-braking maneuvers and stops the motorcycle from standing up unintentionally. The benefits of ABS Pro to the rider are a sensitive response and a high level of brake and ride stability together with the best possible deceleration in a curve.