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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Stephen
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Not necessary if you know how to ride a motorcycle.

Peter Harris
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Peter Harris

So learners should just die?

Dan
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Dan

They don’t need to die, they can CHOOSE to buy a motorcycle with ABS if they want.

Peter
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Peter

What constitutes a “previous generation” motorcycle One has to ask?

Phil
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Phil

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.

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Birdman

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.

Doesnt make sense.
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Doesnt make sense.

or 1985 onwards GSXR750’s – previous generations…

Trevor Hedge
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I have added some extra notes for the few that were confused.

edward
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edward

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… Read more »

Phil
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Phil

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.

Marc
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Marc

The the usual short dick moron that rides motorcycles, they make me nearly want to say i’m not a motorcyclist. Small dogs bark the loudest.

Birdman
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Birdman

Spot on.

AngryGS
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AngryGS

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.

Peter
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Peter

ABS on mt work Postie Bike…….what the???