Traction control Ducati 1198S, C-ABS Honda Fireblade

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Electronic control systems

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What does the new sports ABS of the Honda Fireblade do? What can the traction control of the Ducati 1198S do?

Volkmar Jacob

03/19/2009

Presentation of the systems

In the future, electronically controlled control systems will help avoid critical driving situations caused by spinning or blocking wheels: the traction control of the new ones Ducati 1198S (DTC = Ducati Traction Control) and the sport ABS of the Honda Fireblade.

In both systems, powerful computers permanently monitor the front and rear wheel speed as well as other parameters and intervene if the driving condition deviates from the stored target values.

Which system is more useful, which makes it faster on the racetrack? PS is looking for the answers on the Castellolí hill and valley course near Barcelona.

Traction control Ducati 1198S


Traction control Ducati 1198S, C-ABS Honda Fireblade

With traction control, the driver accelerates earlier and harder (green curve).

At first, the throttle hand just doesn’t want to stubbornly flip down in a steep incline. So slowly approach: the pilot tightens the throttle cable millimeter by millimeter. The Ducati should actually start to slide any moment – but nothing happens. Dare, more gas! Without the slightest sign of a slide, the 1198S shoots brutally sharp out of the corners. The warning lights in the cockpit also remain dark; they should light up as soon as the system intervenes.

Does the traction control even work? We set them from level 4 (medium level) to 8 (most sensitive level). One more cycle, even more gas – finally: a slide! The Ducati slides clearly with the rear wheel towards the exit of the curve, then the computer gently interrupts the power output and guides the Italian stably around the curve.

So the DTC works, but it does raise a few questions: When the 1198S was presented, the system regulated level 8 so early that the colleagues immediately set it to a less sensitive level. Series spread? To be on the safe side, we recommend 1198S riders start at level 8 and work their way to lower levels.

If the Italian rolls on tires other than the standard dimensions, for example on slicks, the system recognizes this and adapts automatically. It also allows shows: Burnouts and wheelies are possible without any problems.

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C-ABS Honda Fireblade


Traction control Ducati 1198S, C-ABS Honda Fireblade

With ABS, the driver brakes later and harder (red curve).

Honda’s ABS Fireblade maintains crisp, non-slip deceleration close to the physical limit; thanks to their newly developed combined ABS, they are also happy to be on the racetrack.

This works without any problems: just pull the lever fully. The curves race towards the blade faster and longer; The sports ABS confidently shortens the braking distance. Not even the lever pulsates, and the Honda is extremely stable throughout the braking process. If you don’t have to think about tire grip when braking, you can clear your head for your choice of line or your racing strategy.

The combined ABS automatically decelerates at the same time. Operating the brake pedal is therefore superfluous with the ABS Fireblade. Braking drifts that are really showy no longer work: If the rear wheel decelerates too much, the system takes the pressure off.

Turning on the brakes works very well, but the Honda Fireblade requires an unusually high level of effort. No wonder: So far, the testers simply hadn’t dared to turn in at the same time with so much delay on the bike.

For the sake of testing, we deactivated the ABS; then the braking distances were significantly longer: When the driver had to worry about grip on the front wheel, he braked much earlier and only decelerated at an average of 8 m / s² (without significant air resistance).

With ABS, the driver accelerates longer, so accelerates better and gains a few tenths of a second. The average deceleration is 9.2 m / s² and is therefore quite close to the acceleration due to gravity (approx. 9.8 m / s²).

The Honda needs a kit control unit if it is on different sized tires; it does not recognize different tire sizes by itself. For racetrack drivers this means an additional investment; Honda has not yet named the price for the ABS kit control box.

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To shoot so close to the physical limit impressively. Once the hobby racer has focused on the driving aids, they give him unprecedented dynamism. They can also help to improve your own skills by demonstrating exactly where the famous line between grip and crash lies.

Both the Fireblade and Ducati 1198S make non-professionals faster; both machines are great fun in their own way. Of course, it would be optimal to be able to use the two systems in one motorcycle, but there is no such thing as standard. not yet.

Volkmar Jacobs comment on control systems


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Volkmar Jacob, Test and Technology, comments on electronic driving aids.

The electronically controlled driving aids from Honda Fireblade and Ducati 1198S usher in a new era of supersport. The systems offer more safety on public roads and on the racetrack.

On top of that, they make you faster; In the medium term, no manufacturer will be able to do without them. Especially in rainy races, there is little to order without ABS and traction control. The downside of the electronics medal: The driver’s skills are becoming less important. And if the system fails – as with Jorge Lorenzo in Laguna Seca 2008 – it can still be very painful.

Fast lap times are granted to every hobby racer who is on the road with driving aids. But they are not a reason for arrogance; if possible, switch off the electronics every now and then and check the times “with” and “without” Compare: This difference was made by the computer, not the driver.

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