Wait, brakes slow you down, right? The 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R’s do too, but they should also help you improve lap times by working to keep the rear wheel planted under heavy braking and allowing you to back into corners without ABS intervention. Here’s how the Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System will make you faster.
Like the traction control, KIBS monitors a variety of factors including throttle position, engine speed, clutch actuation and the hydraulic pressure being applied to the calipers to determine the best possible course for activation. Also like the traction control, KIBS has been designed to avoid harsh dips and troughs of application, instead delivering smooth retardation in place of the grab, let go, grab, let go ABS cycle. Not only should this shorten braking distances, but Kawasaki claims the precise control should eliminate spikes in front brake pressure during heavy braking while riding very quickly, thereby reducing the rear wheel’s tendency to lift. That’s a performance benefit, increasing traction and thereby maximum braking power while decelerating. This smooth application should also help while trail braking.
KIBS also accounts for rear wheels slides induced by downshifts, allowing them where most ABS systems would cut in to prevent the loss of traction. The system adds only 6.6lbs of weight to the ZX-10R, most of which is located virtually inside the center of gravity as the Bosch ABS computer is positioned inside the frame, just behind the cylinders.