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By Mario

Lurking in the back of my mind was the thought that, given the advanced state of electronics and computing, it should be possible to determine the physics of a motorcycle’s progress and intervene to stop the vast majority of crashes. I mean, who wasn’t impressed with their wind-up Evel Knievel motorcycle’s ability to navigate slippery surfaces, crash into items of furniture and still keep going?

ABS and Traction Control are all very well, but even together they don’t get near the crash-avoidance capability of Stability Control on cars. Now, sure, a motorcycle is inherently less stable than a car. But when in motion it does generate some stability. And, just like a car, you are ultimately dependent on tyre grip. While a bike does have less grip than a car, with modern tyres the amount we have is actually pretty impressive.

So, wouldn't it be possible to develop a Stability Control System designed to fit the physics of a motorcycle, particularly how it corners? And especially braking in corners.

The answer comes from Bosch and KTM in the shape of Motorcycle Stability Control, fitted to the 1190 Adventure. I haven’t had a chance to ride it but the boys from Visordown in the UK have. The results look awesome, and nor does it seem to get in the way of having some excitement.

At the moment, it's only available on the 2014 KTM Adventure and R for a £800 premium, and it can be retro-fitted to 2013 models for a very reasonable £335 at UK prices (NZ$650). But it's bound to be coming on more models soon.

If it's as good as it seems at first blush, I'd pay that in a heartbeat. What do you reckon?