BMW Motorad USA announced today that it will offer ABS brakes as standard equipment on its entire 2012 motorcycle line.
BMW first launched ABS on motorcycles 23 years ago, according to the company.
"Plain and simple, being able to stop a motorcycle faster and more predictably helps prevent a rider from becoming a statistic," Pieter de Waal, vice president of BMW Motorrad USA, said in a press release. "It's time for all of us in the motorcycle industry to embrace the benefits of ABS. Extensive testing by safety experts, law enforcement authorities and journalists around the world consistently demonstrates that ABS reduces overall crashes and saves lives."
For its decision to move forward with ABS standard, BMW has received praise.
"We commend BMW for taking the lead to improve motorcycle safety," David Strickland, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said in the BMW release. "Motorcycle fatalities and injuries have been on an upward trend for the past ten years and ABS and other safety technologies can help reduce these tragedies."