What is motorcycle cruise control?

What is motorcycle cruise control?

Widely used in large tourers and cruisers as equipment that makes long touring comfortable [Basic knowledge of modern motorcycle terminology]

"Cruise control" for comfortable long-distance travel on expressways

Main functions and effects

1. Maintains the set speed without throttle operation

2. Reduces rider fatigue during long, long-distance riding

actions and has a resume function that returns to the set speed if the operation is stopped. It can be changed or deactivated. It can be used intermittently according to ever-changing driving conditions.

With the rapid evolution of electronic control devices for motorcycles in recent years, there are also motorcycles that employ a function commonly known as "adaptive cruise control (ACC)" that utilizes that hardware to make it even more functional.

Based on the data obtained from radar and cameras that monitor the front, it automatically accelerates and decelerates according to the movement of the preceding vehicle and performs advanced control to maintain a constant inter-vehicle distance. ACC has already spread considerably to four-wheeled vehicles, but it is still limited to only a limited number of two-wheeled vehicles.

Effortless cruising with active cruise control without having to manually adapt to the speed of the vehicle ahead - has been in cars for years but is not currently standard on motorcycles. However, as Active Cruise Control (ACC) technology matures, Motorcycles will soon offer this type of driver assistance system, offering motorcycle drivers a new, comfortable, and safe driving experience.

ACC is a novel motorcycle assistance system developed in cooperation with partner Bosch. The two companies' years of experience in passenger car driver assistance systems can optionally be applied to motorcycle cruise technology. The new ACC provides maximum comfort for the demand touring motorcyclist by automatically adjusting the speed set by the rider and the distance to the vehicle in front. When the distance to the vehicle ahead decreases, the system automatically adjusts the vehicle speed and maintains the distance defined by the driver. This distance can be varied in 3 stages. The speed of travel and the distance to the vehicle in front can be easily set via the buttons. The individual settings are displayed on the TFT instrument cluster. The new ACC has two selectable control characteristics: Comfort or Dynamics, in which the acceleration and deceleration behavior changes accordingly. Distance control can also be deactivated in order to be able to use Dynamic Cruise Control (DCC).

When cornering, ACC automatically reduces the vehicle's speed if needed and targets a comfortable bank angle. However, as the lean angle increases, braking and ACC elevation power are limited in order to maintain a stable ride and not upset the driver with sudden braking or acceleration. ACC is a rider assistance system that leaves control to the rider and allows him to intervene at any time. This is also because the new ACC can only react to moving vehicles. Stationary vehicles, such as at the end of a traffic jam or at traffic lights, are not considered. In this case, the rider must brake.