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ABS to be mandatory in Australia

Australia is set to follow the European motorcycle industry and legislate for mandatory ABS on motorcycles sold in Australia.

Motorcycle ABS legislation in a nutshell…

  • All new motorcycle models sold in Australia from 2019 must have ABS.
  • All previous generation motorcycles sold in Australia must have ABS by 2021.
  • This means popular machines like DR650 must have ABS by 2021 or be phased out.
  • Enduro and Trials Motorcycles are exempted.
  • Trailbikes with a 21″ front and designed primarily for off-road use and with no pillion capability are also exempted.
  • Adventure Motorcycles can have switchable ABS but it must default to on.
  • There is no pending legislation for mandatory traction control.
  • There are no requirements for retro-fitment of ABS to secondhand motorcycles.

The timeline as detailed above is dependent on the legislation making its way through parliament in the expected timeframe that it has been scheduled for.

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BMW ABS Pro

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KTM 1290 Superduke GT ABS control unit

25 COMMENTS

    • DR650 was given as an example Peter!

      Any existing line of motorcycle which doesn’t have ABS (ie. DR650), will need to have ABS included by the year 2021.

      Don’t see this being an issue really. By ’21, majority of bikes would have had ABS included in the specs anyway. This will just give them a push along.

    • I’m with you Peter – its a very generic statement “Previous Generation”.
      You could argue the 1987 FZR1000 is a previous Generation R1. Even then the R1 is 10 yrs old

      Why would last years DR need it retro fitted and not all bikes?
      Suzuki could win this one easily by changing it to the RD650 or DRR650 – totally differnet bike, no need for retro anything.

  1. sorry so does that mean all my bikes will be non conforming 3 GSRX 750s 1986,2005,2008, Harley FatBob 2009, Ktm 1290 sd i guess not, its switchable and off. This is another dumb arse law made by university so called educated people, yes its nice but save lives i dont think so. Same as the so called speed laws, book for going fast, but ignore for sitting in the outside lanes at 100/110 kph (ah 60mph).
    i think i’ll carry on as the last 20 years register one and swap plates, i’m not dead and not injured anyone else, race dirt, rode road, track days and wild weekends, even Boris’s Sydney to Surfers 1996/97 two up, anyway my thoughts, its bullshit ABS, and i am in a situation where i really do not give a flying f#$% what others think. Industrial injury with no on going payments and dumb arse rules that do NOT go forward..!!!

    • Use a brain Edward… even if it’s someone else’s.

      The article and the new rules relate to new bikes. It would be quite the feat for the government to go fit abs systems to all old bikes!

      Rest assured your old bangers will bang on as they are without any government intervention… not that I give a shit about your bikes anyway.

      Advancing technology is a good thing. F@ck knows what makes morons like you get upset by something that will not effect you in the slightest, and will only make bikes better in future.

  2. ABS is for those “Oh Shit!” moments, and even experienced riders can have those. Beginners especially need it. I have ABS and have only needed it a couple of times and man, was I glad I had it. This legislation needs to go ahead.

  3. Time to make some fast money…
    How many 1000’s of these generic ABS kits with on/off switch do I need to order from China and sell on ebay

    • You should go buy “generic” abs systems for cars too while you are at it for when they demand all of them get abs fitted too.

      Might as well buy some generic airbag systems for the cars too for that recall that no doubt is just around the corner.

      Man… you are going to be raking in the money!!

      • No currently registered motorcycles will be required to retro-fit ABS. Only ‘New’ motorcycles sold by dealers that are part of a new model range in 2019 will be fitted with ABS from the factory. Older generation machines still being sold as new in Australia, will be required to have ABS by 2021, meaning that everyone will clear all their stocks before 2021. Nobody will be fitting some aftermarket ABS kits to their motorcycles.

  4. This leads to believe “All previous generation motorcycles sold in Australia must have ABS by 2021.” all older generation bikes to be retro fitted with ABS ?
    How did riders ever survive without ABS till now?
    Why not train riders better?!
    Having ridden various bikes in Germany’s snow and Ice roads on motorcycles before even Disc brakes, makes me question how riders are being trained these days to be making this a mandatory legislation.
    Or is it just to stimulate the economy ?

    • so you think ABS is just a money grab? come on. and “why not train riders better?” what does that have to do with the advancement of technology? nothing at all. what if i said something dumb like “why should riders need to wear a helmet? just train them better!”

  5. I believe all vehicles are being dumbed down to make operators more “steerers” than drivers/riders. Teach them properly like us earlier learners were, and we may have a reduction in driver at fault accidents.

  6. Come on guys, most cars and a lot of bikes have had this feature for years. ABS is a basic safety improvement these days and sure if you are an excellent rider you obviously won’t need it, unless of course someone else isn’t so good and gives you the incentive to pull up really fast without any escape options. Yes it will add to the cost, but it it saves just one accident for you in your riding life it will be money well spent. I think the phased introduction period into the market for new machines just makes sense.

  7. so you think ABS is just a money grab? come on. and “why not train riders better?” what does that have to do with the advancement of technology? nothing at all. what if i said something dumb like “why should riders need to wear a helmet? just train them better!”

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