I was listening to the news of release ceremony of New Honda Activa 2009 version, they were telling about the new features. Like most of new releases, New Honda Activa 2009 has some more body styling, some added security features like Anti-theft alarm which is a good feature. The most un-conventional and innovative features I noticed was Combi-Brake System which really caught my attention.
What is Combi-Brake?
Combi-brake means that the brake will act on front and rear wheel together every time you apply the brakes. This means a lot of improved safety.
Why Combi-Brake means more safety?
In two wheelers (scooters and bikes), there are two separate brake controls for front and rear wheels. This is true for almost all two-wheelers that I have ever seen or ridden. Most of two-wheeler riders apply only rear wheel brake, or use only rear brake in most of the cases. However for most effective braking and stopping in small distance safely without loosing control, both front and rear brakes should be used together. Most people fear using front brakes too much because if you press them too hard, the scooter/bike may skid and the rider will fall badly.
Combi-Brakes will apply the front-brakes in the correct amount whenever rear brakes are applied, so it will apply both brakes when you apply only rear one. This means that the scooter rider need not worry about using front brakes, they will be used in correct amount automatically when the rear brakes are used. See the image above, the highlighted green area shows how they have put an extra-cable to brake lever control of Honda-Activa 2009 to make combi-brakes work.
I also suffered a leg injury because of poor-braking in my motor-bike some time back, when I fell down after a collision with the car ahead when it applied sudden brakes. If my bike had this combi-brake technology, it could have stopped in little time and could have saved me the injury and pain.
I am really impressed by this out-of-the-box innovative feature. It should be used in all two-wheelers to improve safety, because effective braking can prevent many road-accidents and injuries.
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