Here’s a working list of all motorcycles with “cornering ABS”, a.k.a. an “Inertial Measurement Unit” or IMU and lean angle-aware braking and traction control. It’s now being updated for bikes available in model year 2024.

At some point in my motorcycling life when I was commuting a lot, I became interested in “cornering ABS”, which was originally only present on a few high-end motorcycles.

Then I realised that “Cornering ABS” is just one specific brand for a general concept which is to adjust the amount of braking to compensate for what the motorcycle is currently doing. And the good news is that there are increasingly many motorcycles — many of them much cheaper than high-end motorcycles — that have lean angle-aware ABS.

So I started to look deeper for motorcycles of all brands, types, and spec/power levels that are equipped with cornering ABS, lean angle-sensitive ABS, or even just “ABS with a cornering function” as some brands put it.

Included in the below are some very affordable and entry-level motorcycles with cornering ABS. It’s really trickling down to a lot of motorcycles!

Disclaimer — Because specs vary by market, inconsistencies in “model years”, and sometimes small variants in models, please confirm that individual motorcycles have cornering ABS before making a purchase rather than relying exclusively on this post.

You might also be interested in this guide to motorcycles with radar-assisted cruise control (adaptive cruise control).

The IMU or Cornering ABS is a feature on most Ducati motorcycles, like this Panigale V4
The Ducati Panigale V4, equipped with Bosch Cornering ABS

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Why an IMU/Cornering ABS?

In a nutshell, the attraction of a cornering ABS is that it gives you the benefits of ABS — a safety net in case of unexpected changes in traction, like oil slicks or gravel, or poor braking technique — but with the added element of understanding the implications of your lean angle.

An IMU or cornering ABS also usually implies the presence of lean angle-aware traction control, which means your bike’s computer will modulate power output if you’re accelerating too hard and unexpectedly lose traction while taking other factors like your speed and angle into consideration.

ABS is often described as the greatest safety invention in the last few decades (I can’t see references for this, but it’s often said). ABS prevents wheels from locking up by detecting when they’ve done so and modulating brake pressure at high frequency.

Basically, when your wheel skids (even for a fraction of a fraction of a second), ABS releases the brakes, and then re-applies the brakes. It does this hundreds of times a second — meaning it works far more quickly than you possibly can.

When you are going in a straight line and you grab a handful of the brakes, with ABS you stop very quickly — much more quickly than even if you used your hand (more discussion on safety nets vs proper technique below).

The problem with ABS is that hard braking also makes the motorcycle go upright. This puts you directly into the path of oncoming traffic, or other obstacles.

image from Bosch showing the different trajectories of ABS or lean angle sensitive ABS
Image from Bosch. The dotted line is where you’d go if you just hit the brakes with regular ABS. The solid line is where you should go, and where cornering ABS/lean angle-sensitive ABS tries to take you.

Lean-angle sensitive ABS adds to ABS by controlling the amount of braking depending on a number of factors including how far you’re leaning, whether you’re accelerating, and how fast you’re going.

Cornering ABS works with the help of an “Inertial Measurement Unit”, often written as the acronym “IMU”. The IMU is a suite of angular and inertial sensors that feeds into the ECU. The ECU takes these inputs from the IMU and combines them with information from other parts of the motorcycle, including the throttle sensor, general engine condition, and wheel speed. With all that information, the ECU makes decisions about power and braking to maximise traction safely.

Without a safety net, grabbing the brakes while cornering means you’re more likely to lose traction. If you have ABS, the braking may be too strong, and your bike will stand upright and send you somewhere unexpected.

But braking hard while cornering on a cornering ABS-equipped motorcycle means that your computer will try to optimise braking pressure to slow you as quickly as possible without dramatically affecting your lean angle.

The effect of a good braking system is that at any point in time, you can just grab a handful of brakes (or the throttle) and let the computer do the thinking. But it’s still a safety net and not an excuse to not learn technique!

In racing, where cornering ABS and lean angle-aware traction control debuted, the system lets riders pilot their motorcycles much more aggressively. Racers are often at the edge of traction. But riders who take their motorcycles extremely quickly say that IMU systems let them pilot at the edge more comfortably and safely, knowing that the safety net will catch them. This helps them go faster.

But while it’s useful on the track, cornering ABS has obvious safety benefits for the road, which is why it has trickled down to everyday commuter motorcycles.

Riding Motorcycles with Cornering ABS

The best part of riding a motorcycle with a good IMU (and associated cornering ABS and traction control) is that you have a safety net in case things go wrong.

An IMU frees you up from the stress of worrying about gravel, pitch angle, speed and so on, and lets you just brake when you think there is danger.

The effect of this is that you spend less mental energy riding and can go longer distances more safely, and arrive fresher. It’s a lot like cruise control in this respect.

Read next: A list of modern motorcycles with cruise control — the “unusual suspects”.

If you want a fully manual experience, go and get a classic motorcycle and stay in control. Get one without fairings and with a bare-bones engine. That’s an experience in itself.

In perfect conditions, skilled riders can exploit the maximum benefit of brakes and tires using only their hands. But so many things can affect conditions: Imperfections on the road (bumps, rocks, dirt, oil), tire condition, ambient temperature, and more. And even if you’re skilled, things can affect your skill level, like fatigue, stress, panic, or a distraction. In non-perfect conditions, safety systems can act as a safety net. (Here’s a good collection of studies/stats from a respected motorcycle riding school.)

Generally, I am of the old school that believes that ABS or cornering ABS is no substitute for education and experience. We should all learn about things like how tire traction changes with type, age/wear, conditions, temperature, and pressure, how to apply brake pressure correctly (including how to emergency stop), and how to ride safely in conditions where there might be ice, gravel, or oil slicks.

But that said, many of us practise on public roads, where conditions are not up to us. I’ve been caught by oil slicks and ABS has saved my bacon. I’ve also seen other riders be saved by a system — I once saw a rider’s tyre kick out as they went over gravel in a corner before the bike corrected itself.

The important thing, I think, is to know when the system has kicked in. Just like on a safety net under a tightrope — you know you fell. You survive, but you have an opportunity to adapt your technique next time.

Here’s what happens when you ride a motorcycle with cornering ABS (and traction control and other IMU-related functions) enabled.

When you accelerate, you can open the throttle as you wish. The front wheel may lift, but the anti-wheelie function will bring it down again.

When you corner, if you lose traction while accelerating or braking, the IMU/ECU will cut power or brakes to bring the motorcycle back into traction.

When braking, if you grab the brakes too hard (either due to conditions or your technique), the computer will detect if traction is broken and modulate braking power. The effect is that to anyone but the most experienced of riders you get a shocking amount of grip and braking power, even in the wet or on slippery roads.

In theory, you don’t even have to warm up the tires. Your only task is to keep off zero-grip surfaces where the computer can’t do anything — like ice. Or a lake.

On most motorcycles with an IMU, you can adjust the intervention of the computer all the way down to zero. But many beginners get a rude awakening the first time they turn it off.

Different Names for Cornering ABS by Different Manufacturers

Kawasaki motorcycle with cornering ABS, called KCMF
The Kawasaki H2 ZX. They call cornering ABS “KCMF”.

Different motorcycle manufacturers have different names for cornering ABS.

Some alternative names for cornering ABS are

  • Lean-angle sensitive ABS (my favourite generic term)
  • ABS Pro (BMW)
  • Or — Just having an Internal Measurement Unit or IMU (which doesn’t always do the same thing — but usually does)

While having an IMU often implies cornering ABS/traction control, it doesn’t guarantee it. So if you see a bike has an IMU, it’s worth confirming specifically what it means.

The various terms are almost synonymous because any motorcycle with lean angle-sensitive ABS has traction and wheelie control… though the converse is not true (there are many motorcycles with traction and wheelie control but without lean angle-sensitive ABS).

There are also motorcycles with an IMU but that don’t detect cornering. They may, for example, only measure the change of balance between the front and rear tyres.

Here is what the various brands call cornering ABS. In alphabetical order:

Aprilia calls its system cornering ABS.

BMW calls it ABS Pro or ASC (Automatic Stability Control) in more recent (2019 onward) models. It was first available on the HP4 in 2013, but also became retroactively available for the 2012 BMW S 1000 RR.

Note — Some early BMW motorcycles have Race ABS. It’s a bit confusing — see my explainer of Race ABS vs ABS Pro here.

Ducati calls its system Bosch Cornering ABS — although many other manufacturers also use Bosch systems. When it got upgraded to 6-axis, it became Bosch Cornering ABS Evo.

Energica uses the Bosch Cornering ABS 9.3 MP system — and just calls it that.

Harley-Davidson calls it Cornering Enhanced ABS (C-ABS). It’s part of their suite of Reflex™ Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS), which has been rebranded as “RDRS Safety Enhancements”. (“C-ABS” should not be confused with Honda’s C-ABS, which is Combined ABS, and which was around before cornering ABS.)

Honda calls their system just an IMU, saying they have either a 5-axis or 6-axis IMU.

Husqvarna uses Bosch Cornering ABS and refers to it as such.

Indian Motorcycles calls it “Smart Lean Technology” and “Wheelie Mitigation”.

Kawasaki calls their system the KCMF – the Kawasaki Cornering Management Function. It oversees many things, including braking.

KTM refers to it as Bosch’s MSC — Motorcycle Stability Control. It’s undoubtedly the same basic system as in other manufacturers with Bosch systems.

MV Agusta refers to their systems as a six-axis IMU and Continental Cornering ABS.

Suzuki, like Honda, refers to their system as an IMU.

Triumph calls theirs Optimised Cornering ABS… not to be confused with all the others with lousy unoptimised cornering ABS (jokes).

Yamaha also calls their system an IMU, proudly calling it a 6-axis IMU.

Zero, like KTM, uses Bosch’s branding of Bosch MSC — Motorcycle Stability Control.

Motorcycles with Cornering ABS

Here’s the list of motorcycles I’ve found with cornering ABS. There may be one or two others out there. I’ve done a LOT of Googling for this. If you find another one, please contact me or drop a comment so I can add it to the list.

Aprilia Cornering ABS

2021 Aprilia RS660 with cornering ABS
2021 Aprilia RS660 with Cornering ABS

Aprilia has cornering ABS on the

  • 2017+ Aprilia RSV-4
  • 2017+ Aprilia Tuono V4
  • 2021 Aprilia RS660 — standard six-axis IMU
  • 2021 Aprilia Tuono 660 — optional

I really like that the RS660 and Tuono 660 (as an option), both middleweight motorcycles, will both have an IMU and cornering ABS. Makes them very tempting propositions. Note that the Aprilia Tuareg does not have cornering ABS, even as an option.

Both the RS660 and Tuono 660 have cruise control, too!

BMW ABS Pro/ASC

BMW HP4 Race with ABS Pro
BMW HP4 Race with ABS Pro

BMW was one of the earliest manufacturers with cornering ABS (what they call ABS Pro).

You can get ABS Pro on

  • 2009+ HP4
  • 2012+ S 1000 RR — thought it has to be retrofitted if it’s not on there (will cost you at least US$300 – depends on where you are)
  • 2015+ S 1000 RR as a factory option (or retrofitted)
  • 2015+ S 1000 XR as factory option (see the BMW S 1000 XR buyers’ guide)
  • 2016+ K 1600 GT/GTL (standard)
  • 2016+ R 1200 GS, GSA (option)
  • 2017+ S 1000 R with Sport package (which is why I got one)
  • 2019+ R 1250 R
  • 2019+ F 850 GS and F 750 GS (standard equipment from mid-2020), and their replacements, the F 900 GS and F 800 GS
  • 2020+ F 900 R SE/premium package (not the Australian F900R, sadly)
  • 2020+ F 900 XR, F 900 R
  • 2021+ R NineT range, even including the more bare-bones R NineT Pure

Increasingly from 2019/2020 onward, most high-end BMWs (but not all of them) have ABS Pro fitted. Even the 2021+ classic roadsters (the R nineT range) now have ABS Pro.

On some models, you have to opt for the “Dynamic package” or some similar up-spec package to get ABS Pro and other options.

Another similar term used in BMW motorcycles is ASC — Automatic Stability Control. It has a similar name, but ASC is more about limiting torque to prevent wheel-spin while accelerating rather than braking.

By the way, you may have heard of “BMW Race ABS”. It’s different to “ABS Pro” — here’s a quick explainer.

CFMOTO motorcycles with Cornering ABS

CFMOTO 800MT Touring with luggage rhs cornering ABS

Some new models from Chinese manufacturer CFMOTO also have cornering ABS.

The two models that have it for now are their adventure sport touring bikes, the CFMOTO 800MT (a.k.a. the Ibex 800) Sport and Travel, both of which are based on the KTM 790 platform.

The CFMOTO 800MT has the Bosch cornering ABS system. It’s also loaded with other features and is one of the more affordable bikes you can get new with it — but you can only get it in a few markets (including Australia, luckily for them, as this is an ideal style of bike for the big brown land).

The CFMOTO 800NK naked bike shares an engine platform with the 800MT, but there’s no version of it with cornering abs for now.

Interestingly, the entry-level CFMOTO 450SS (a.k.a. the 450SR) has an optional “T-Box” which has an IMU that lets you see the bike’s position in real time — but it is not connected to the braking system. However, it seems like a hint that this will change in the future.

Ducati Cornering ABS Motorcycles

Ducati Monster 2021+ model — now with cornering ABS
The first smaller Ducati Monster to get cornering ABS is the 2021 model.

Ducati was another quite early manufacturer to fit cornering ABS to a lot of its models.

It’s available as standard on essentially every Ducati motorcycle, barring any entry-level affordable models they may release.

  • 2015+ Ducati 1299 Panigale
  • 2015+ Multistrada
  • 2016+ Ducati XDiavel (Diavel got it in the 2019 update)
  • 2017+ Monster 1200 + variants
  • 2018+ Scrambler 1100
  • 2019+: Nearly all new Ducati models* including the ones you’re about to tell me, like the Diavel 1260, Multistrada, Hypermotard 950, plus Scrambler models.
  • 2020+ Ducati Streetfighter V4
  • 2021+ Ducati Monster 937 (just called the “Ducati Monster / Plus”, but informally known as the 937, as it replaces the 821)
  • 2022+ Ducati Streetfighter V2

Even the 2019 Ducati Scrambler (800) has the full Bosch cornering ABS package on it! This makes Ducati Scramblers some of the highest safety per dollar motorcycles on the market.

* Some exceptions to the line-up: The entry-level Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 does not have cornering ABS, as didn’t the smaller Monsters like the 797 and 821, which were discontinued after 2020 and replaced with the regular “Ducati Monster”.

Energica motorcycles with Bosch Cornering ABS — Experia

Energica Experia RHS front 3-4 static dusk
Energica Experia — an Electric Adventurer with Cornering ABS

The 2022+ Energica electric adventure motorcycle, the Energica Experia, has cornering ABS. It uses the Bosch Cornering ABS 9.2 M3 system.

The Experia is a pretty wicked bike — if only it were available in more parts of the world (and a bit cheaper).

But an electric adventure tourer with claimed combined range of 256 km / 160 mi, Level 3 fast charge to 80% in 40 minutes, and enough performance to embarrass most people who have to fiddle with clutches and shift levers (0.60 mph / 0-100 km/h of 3.5 seconds) is pretty tantalising.

Yes, I like the vibes of an engine, but out in the wild, silence is nice, too.

Note: I’ve also heard that the other models (the Ego, Ribelle, and EsseEsse9) have cornering ABS, but the spec sheets just say they have “Bosch eABS”, whereas Energica specifically mentions they have cornering ABS on the Experia and for no other model. I’ve written to the press office to ask.)

Harley-Davidson motorcycles with Cornering Enhanced ABS (C-ABS)

Harley-Davidson LiveWire — An electric motorcycle with cornering ABS

The Harley-Davidson LiveWire that I rode in early 2020 had cornering ABS. So I wondered whether any others in the line-up did… and yes, some do — starting from 2020!

Harley-Davidson C-ABS is standard on the 2020+ Harley-Davidson LiveWire (which has since moved to its own sub-brand). It’s also standard on all 2020+ CVO, Police and Trike models, and optional on all 2020 Harley-Davidson Touring models in the U.S. (except the FLHT, a.k.a. Electra Glide), and standard in some markets.

So this means it’s optional (or standard in some markets, or later year models) on the

  • 2020+ Harley-Davidson Road King Special
  • 2020+ Harley-Davidson Street Glide / Special
  • 2020+ Harley-Davidson Road Glide / Special / Limited
  • 2020+ Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited

The new motorcycles with the Revolution Max 1250 engine also come standard with cornering ABS. These include these models:

Honda IMU-equipped motorcycles

2022 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports
Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports

Honda has only a few motorcycles with an IMU and cornering ABS fitted. (They have a couple more with an IMU, but no cornering ABS.)

  • 2017+ Honda CBR1000RR – 5-axis IMU
  • 2019+ Honda CBR1000RR-R, SP – a 6-axis IMU (I guess that’s the extra “R”!)
  • 2020+ CRF1100L Africa Twin

Note — I corrected a previous version of this which listed the Rebel 1100 as having cornering ABS. It was based on some articles with incorrect info.

A couple of cheaper Honda motorcycles, the 2018+ CB125R and CB300R and the 2020+ CBR300R, have an IMU, but not cornering ABS. Their IMU just detects pitch, and modulates brake balance under dive conditions — it’s not quite cornering ABS.

Honda describes the smaller motorcycles’ IMU as follows: “Both brakes are modulated by two-channel ABS that works through an inertial measurement unit (IMU) to give precise front-to-rear distribution of ABS operation, depending on vehicle behaviour.” (Source). Still, a great safety feature for rookies and low-speed stop-start traffic work.

It’s odd that the CB1000R and CB650R or CBR650R don’t have any kind of IMU given that those low-end motorcycles do. I’m sure that will change, so I’ll keep abreast of it.

The Japan / APAC-spec 2021 Honda CBR600RR has cornering ABS too, making it the first 600-class motorcycle with it (other than the more street-friendly Aprilia RS660).

Unfortunately, Europe and the US didn’t get the new CBR600RR with an IMU and TFT immediately (though Europe got it from 2024, so there’s hope for the US). But the bad news for everyone is that it costs more than most litre-class motorcycles, so only the truly dedicated would opt for them anyway.

2021 Honda CBR600RR Right Front Studio
2021 Honda CBR600RR, available from 2024 in Europe.

Husqvarna’s Bosch Cornering ABS-equipped motorcycles

2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 125 RHS 3-4 static
2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 125. One of the smallest and most affordable motorcycles with cornering ABS

Husqvarna is also in on the game with its Bosch cornering ABS feature. Since KTM shares a platform with Husqvarna (they’re both owned by the same company), many of their motorcycles are simultaneously released with the same engine and tech features.

Husqvarna motorcycles with cornering ABS include

  • 2020+ Husqvarna 701 Supermoto
  • 2020+ Husqvarna 701 Enduro (and LR)
  • Husqvarna Norden 901
  • 2024+ Husqvarna Vitpilen / Svartpilen 125, 250, 401

The standout additions to this list are the 2024 entry-level Svartpilen and Vitpilen 125, 250, and 401 motorcycles. These all have not just cornering ABS, but also “Supermoto ABS”. They’re based on the same platform as KTM motorcycles of the same class — KTM has similar new entries.

Indian motorcycles with Cornering ABS

FTR 1200 S with cornering ABS and Bosch IMU
2019 Indian FTR 1200 S

Indian has been doing great things since Polaris acquired them in 2011.

One of their recent successes is the flat tracker-inspired FTR range. The base model doesn’t have it, but the S and R models have a 6-axis Bosch IMU that informs ABS, traction control, and other ride systems.

Here are the models of Indian motorcycles with cornering ABS.

  • 2019+ Indian FTR 1200 S and R (not the base model, unfortunately). Indian calls it “wheelie mitigation”
  • 2020+ Indian Challenger (including Dark Horse)
  • 2022+ Indian Pursuit

This makes the Indian Pursuit a rare full-dress tourer with cornering ABS.

On some Indian motorcycles, it’s offered as an option, or standard fitment with the premium packages.

Kawasaki KCMF-equipped motorcycles

You can get Kawasaki’s KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function) package on the following motorcycles:

  • 2017+ Ninja 1000/Z1000SX
  • 2017+ Ninja ZX-10R
  • 2017+ H2 SX (you’ll really need it on this!)
  • 2019+ Versys 1000 SE/LT

The Ninja 1000 is an affordable sport-touring motorbike that’s really feature-packed. The fact that it has cornering ABS at that price point is really amazing. And since 2020 it has even had cruise control! (See our complete buyers guide to the Kawasaki Ninja 1000.)

Still waiting for it to arrive on the ZX-6R 636 — not yet, even though it has a fairly advanced safety package.

KTM Bosch MSC-equipped motorcycles

2013 KTM Adventure R with Cornering ABS
2013 KTM 1190 Adventure R — One of the first with cornering ABS

KTM has their MSC package on the following motorcycles:

  • 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure R
  • 2016+ KTM 1290 Super Duke GT
  • 2017+ KTM 1290 Super Duke R (initially released in 2014, but with only standard ABS / TC)
  • 2016+ KTM 690 Duke R (only the R)
  • 2015+ KTM 1290 Super Adventure
  • 2019 KTM 690 SMC R
  • 2019 KTM 690 Enduro R
  • 2019 KTM 790 Duke
  • 2019 KTM 790 Adventure R
  • 2020+ KTM 890 range (Duke, Adventure)
  • 2024+ KTM 990 range
  • 2020 KTM 390 Adventure
  • 2022 KTM RC 390
  • 2024 KTM 390 Duke, 250 Duke, and 125 Duke

The 2022 KTM RC 390 and 2020+ KTM 390 Adventure both have an IMU which gives cornering-sensitive traction control and cornering-aware ABS. Pretty impressive that you can get such advanced rider safety aids in such affordable motorcycles. KTM finally brought this to the 2024 KTM 390 Duke, which also received the larger 399 cc engine.

KTM's Adventure 390 with cornering ABS
KTM’s budget-friendly Adventure 390 has cornering ABS

In the RC 390 and 390 Duke, you can turn rear braking off (“Supermoto ABS”). They’re purportedly ready to race, after all!

Amazingly, from 2024, KTM brought cornering ABS (and even Supermoto ABS) to the 250 Duke and 125 Duke. It has finally trickled down to some truly entry-level motorcycles.

The KTM SMC R and the Enduro R have been around for a while, but they only got electronics in 2019.

The 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure R was one of the first motorcycles on the market with cornering ABS. This means it’s CHEAP relative to its spec level! In fact, you can easily find these on the second-hand market with reasonable miles for under US$8,000.

Moto Guzzi Motorcycles with Cornering ABS

The ancient Italian brand Moto Guzzi has been on a tear of late, releasing models with new technology in all kinds of ways.

The 2023-released Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello S, which has Moto Guzzi’s first-ever liquid-cooled engine (still a transverse V-twin and shaft drive, though), has a Continental cornering ABS system. Its 2024 stablemate with the same platform, the 2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio, has the same system.

But most interestingly, Moto Guzzi also updated the air/oil-cooled V85 TT adventure bike with cornering ABS from 2024 (it’s optional on the “Strada” model). It’s an interesting blend of old and new, much like the 2021+ BMW R nineT.

MV Agusta motorcycles with an IMU and Cornering ABS

mv agusta superveloce with cornering abs
MV Agusta Superveloce 2021

MV Agusta started putting cornering ABS on their motorcycles in 2019, though they haven’t made much fanfare about it (it’s not core to the brand of “motorcycle art”, I suppose).

New MV Agusta models use a six-axis IMU and a cornering ABS system from Continental. These are the MV Agusta motorcycles with cornering ABS (for now, all their triples):

  • 2021+ MV Agusta Turismo Veloce — The entire 2021+ model range (with the 5.5-inch TFT) has a Continental MK100 cornering ABS system.
  • 2021 (mid-year) MV Agusta F3 — a middleweight supersport with cornering ABS, also MV’s first supersport with it
  • 2021 MV Agusta Brutale
  • 2021 MV Agusta Superveloce (the original model did not launch with it)
  • MV Agusta LXP Orioli, the limited-run adventure motorcycle

Earlier models of MV Agusta had Bosch braking systems. Continental is the vendor for the cornering ABS systems though.

Suzuki Motorcycles with an IMU

Suzuki DL1050 V-Strom 1050 DE large RHS static
Suzuki DL1050 V-Strom 1050 DE — IMU-equipped

Suzuki first had an IMU on their 2017 V-Strom 1000 — but for braking only (i.e. it didn’t do launch or traction control). Worth mentioning, but if picking up a V-Strom 1000, go just one year later to 2018.

Suzuki’s list of bikes with an IMU is relatively short, but it’s in their most premium models.

  • 2017+ Suzuki GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R. Both use a Bosch six-axis IMU. Note that the standard R model has cornering traction control, but the R model has cornering ABS.
  • 2018-19 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 and 1000 XT
  • 2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and 1050 XT (in my opinion one of the best-looking motorcycles)
  • 2022+ V-Strom 1050DE
  • 2021+ Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa (the new model released mid-2021)
  • 2024+ Suzuki GSX-S1000GX — part of the motorcycle’s “Motion Track Brake System”. (Note the GSX-S1000GT does not have it.)

(Meanwhile, the Suzuki M109R doesn’t even have ABS… but I still love the dang thing.)

Triumph motorcycles with Optimised Cornering ABS

2023 Triumph Street Triple RS Static RHS 3-4 cornering abs IMU
2023 Triumph Street Triple RS

Triumph has Optimised Cornering ABS on their high-end models pre-2019, and from 2020-on, even some mid-tier models.

  • 2017+ Tiger 1200 XR/XC/XCx/XCA (that’s the whole Tiger 1200 line-up)
  • 2017+ Speed Triple RS (not the S, nor the Street Triple)
  • 2019 Rocket 3
  • 2019+ Scrambler 1200 XE (not the 2019-2023 XC, nor the Street Scrambler, and no other 1200-class models)
  • 2024+ Scrambler 1200 X, the updated and mostly down-spec replacement for the Scrambler XC
  • 2020+ Triumph Tiger 900 Rally, Rally Pro, GT and GT Pro (the mid- and top-tier end of the Tiger 900 range)
  • 2023+ Triumph Street Triple R, RS, and Moto2TM. A middleweight street bike with an IMU is pretty cool. See the Triumph Street Triple buyers guide to see how features have been added over the years.

Yamaha Motorcycles with a 6-axis IMU

Yamaha 2016 anniversary edition with cornering ABS standard
2016 Yamaha R1 Anniversary edition – with cornering ABS standard

Yamaha motorcycles with a six-axis IMU and cornering ABS include:

Yamaha first introduced their six-axis IMU on one motorcycle — the 2015+ YZF-R1/R1M. Luckily the 2016 model in Anniversary Edition colours (pictured above) is one of my “goals” motorcycles. I will own you one day when your price is less stratospheric!

Until 2020, the R1 was the only Yamaha motorcycle with cornering ABS. Even the Yamaha MT-10 didn’t get cornering ABS until 2022, even though it has other unique electronics like cruise control.

But luckily, the revised 2021 Yamaha MT-09 — with an 890cc engine and increased output to 90 kW/120 hp (up from 86 kW/115 hp) — gets a full 6-axis IMU as well.

According to Yamaha, the new 2021 MT-09’s IMU gives input to traction control, slide control, and front-wheel lift. Separately in their section on braking, they say the braking system gets data from the IMU.

The 2021 MT-09 has two braking intervention modes — BC1 and BC2. The BC2 mode “controls the brake pressure in addition to ABS and operates in situations where machine behaviour is likely to become unsettled, such as unavoidable panic braking mid-corner.”

2021 Tracer 9 GT with cornering ABS
2021 Tracer 9 GT with cornering ABS via a six-axis IMU

The 2022+ Yamaha XSR900 and Yamaha MT-10, both announced in November 2021, also have six-axis IMUs and associated rider aids.

Zero motorcycles with Bosch Cornering ABS

Zero SR/S with cornering ABS
The latest from Zero – the SR/S (with Cornering ABS from Bosch)

Zero first introduced Bosch Cornering ABS on their 2019 Zero SR/F (see my review).

They also have Bosch cornering ABS on the 2020 Zero SR/S, a very similar motorcycle, but with a fairing (and better mileage/range).

Cheapest motorcycles with Cornering ABS

Out of all the above motorcycles, here are the very cheapest motorcycles with cornering ABS/IMU fitted:

  • 2024 KTM 390, 250, and 125 motorcycles. Even the KTM 125 Duke has cornering ABS and even Supermoto ABS, which lets riders switch ABS off in the rear.
  • 2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen/Vitpilen 401, 250, and 125. These are based on the same platform as the KTM bikes.
  • 2020 KTM 390 Adventure and 2022 KTM RC 390: These two bikes are affordable, high-spec, and have cornering ABS as part of that spec. You can buy them used, or still quite affordably new.
  • 2019+ Ducati Scrambler: You can get these on the road for less than $10K.
  • 2012+ BMW S 1000 RR — you can get these used for about $10K — make sure it has ABS Pro fitted (it’s a retrofit) before it became standard. The more recent S 1000 R is also a good buy.
  • BMW F 900 R / F 900 XR (used) — These are becoming cheaper on the used market. Just make sure it had Pro Rindig Modes.
  • 2021 CFMOTO 800MT: If you want to buy a KTM engine in CFMOTO clothing, the new 800MT is loaded with features and is very affordable, all things considered (basically V-Strom 650 money).
  • 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure: you can find them used for $8-9K, but there aren’t many around.

Good hunting!

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  1. Harley still makes you pay for safety. All this tech should be standard. 2012 stability control was mandated in all USA vehicles. USA always the last to add safety regulations

  2. Not all Ducati 2019+ models have cornering ABS (disregarding the small scrambler). For example, the Supersport only gets cornering ABS this year 2021 (Supersport 950)
    I believe most monsters also don’t have it

      1. I have 2020 Monster 821. My manual booklet explains that there is a cornering function in the ABS. When I asked Ducati HQ about it, he said that you can refer to the manual.
        However, there are no IMU sensors.
        What’s interesting is that only some of the 2020 Monster 821 buyers have this description in the manual booklet.

        1. This IS interesting and confusing. I don’t understand. I also found this in the manual (downloaded it) — you’re 100% right. None of the press releases mentioned it. It’s either a feature not mentioned by anyone, or it’s a miscommunication in the manual. I’ll write to Ducati to figure it out.

          1. I don’t have any mechanical knowledge, but I don’t know if it’s possible to implement cornering functions by making an abs module without IMU sensor.
            Given that they used the word ‘widens’ in the manual, I think it means that they can add an additional IMU sensor module. (I’m not an English speaker, so it’s hard to figure out the exact meaning.)

  3. This most-excellent list has an entry for “2018-19 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 XT“. To me, this makes it look like only the 1000XT has corner braking assisted via an IMU. From what I have read and from your comment just before the Suzuki list about the 2017 vs 2018 model, it seems like the base V-Strom 1000 for those years also has the same functionality.

  4. Thanks, as i’m looking for a motorcycle this is a nice overview,
    because Cornering-abs is a must-have for me.

    1. Take a look at the 2020+ Honda CB 300R ABS. It has the IMU unit, and is affordable, about $4,600 before dealer add on’s . Most of us would say that it’s a good beginner bike AND for seasoned riders who don’t want to trek around on a heavy beast.

      1. Great bike, and while it has an IMU, this list is more about cornering ABS. I haven’t read anything that indicates that the CB300R has an IMU that detects cornering. From my understanding, it’s more about pitch rather than roll.

    1. I will! Meanwhile I’m relieved there aren’t that many NEW bikes released every year, as to be honest, keeping a list 100% up to day is a little stressful! 😀

  5. What is the source for the Rebel 1100 having cornering abs? Honda’s website does not mention it and motorcycle.com’s review says it does not have cornering abs.
    If that’s the case, that sucks.

  6. Dana,
    I think Matt is right. The Rebel 1100 doesn’t have cornering ABS. This list shows that it does but I can’t find any Honda specifications that confirm this.

    1. Totally agree with your comment from 2021. I was also informed the 2024 Hornet 1000 will not have cornering ABS or other IMU technology. Missed opportunity if this is correct.

  7. As a fan of Suzuki since forever, and a person who appreciates their working-man’s motorcycles, they really need to bring the cornering ABS/multi-axis IMU into bikes like the new GSX-S1000 and, assuming they make it, a new GSX-S1000F.

    People buying 100-150+ bikes are going to expect something, even if the better riders among us turn it way down or off.

    For now I’m on an SV-650 and it really does not need that stuff, at least not with me on it. But, as I look at upgrades, that Kawi 1000 sport touring beast is sitting right there at a decent price with all (or most) of the cool tech a fellow could want.

    1. I am a pretty new fan of Suzuki (I seem to just have realised that their inline fours have a particular bark to them…) and I also appreciate the lower cost motorcycles. I’m eyeing a GSX-S750 in the future. It’s not the greatest bike if you add up the specs, but I bet I’ll get to wring it out more than the 1000 around where I live. And they’re cheap!

  8. I wonder what is the overall added weight of the IMU 6-axis technology on a bike? Not just the “black box” but the additional cables and sensors?

    I wonder what the incremental cost is to the manufacturer for each bike model? (The box, sensors, cables, extra chapter in a paper based owner’s manual, licensing fees?) I think the cost would be fixed
    and similar on a 300 cc vs. a 1000 cc bike.

    That said why on earth would a manufacturer not add it? Example – see any press release of Honda’s NT1100.

    1. Wow — I hadn’t realised that. I had to go double check and you’re right, it’s not in their press releases. So odd that the NT1100 wouldn’t have an IMU when they even fitted it to the minimalistically-styled bobber based on ostensibly the same platform, the Honda Rebel 1100.

      My only theory as to why would be that they’ll soon release a “NT1100 Deluxe” spec, much like they did for the 8th gen VFR800 — which came with (among other things) traction control.

  9. I reviewed catalogs for suzuki dl1000 2017-2019, as I am about to buy one.
    Here some useful data:
    – 2017 has 5 axis IMU same as 2018 and 2019
    – 2017 – 2019 all XT and non-XT come with “Motion Track – Break System”, which is cornering ABS using IMU.

    None of those have “Motion Track – TCS” which is tech that uses IMU to assist traction control, 2020-2021 dl1000 also dont have that system.

    2017 vs 2018 difference is “Suzuki Exhaust Tuning” system.

  10. Really useful thank you
    Pretty sure the BMW K1600GT SE 2015 has it
    Favouring a Ducati scrambler over similar options just because of this side of things…front wheel grip is everything on a bike. Indeed i won’t consider a bike without an IMU really and cornering headlights are very useful to me too
    Thanks again

  11. Bosch MSC can be purchased for the 2022 Zero SR as well, with the Performance Boost upgrade. I really dislike lugging around excess weight with hardware that has to be unlocked to actually use though.

  12. Hi Dana,

    what a great read! This is exactly what I needed, but wasn’t even hoping to find.

    I’m new in the sports and have been trying to find out the whole afternoon (European time) what the equivalent to the Bosch’ MSC (Motorcycle Stability Control – or cornering ABS) is for other companies. Because I just couldn’t find many motorcycles using MSC, even though it was introduced about 8 years ago. Now thanks to this great article, I know the names of the cornering ABS systems that other companies use AND what bikes are available!

  13. Thrilled by your research and how high up this comes on search engines. Really appreciate you doing this. And how you keep updating it. Eventually all bikes will have it but that’s probably a decade out. Thanks.

  14. The 2019 MV Agusta F3 800 does not have cornering ABS. It uses the Bosch 9+ ABS system. The Continental system with cornering ABS was not introduced to this model until 2021/2022 (Euro 5 compliant models).

  15. Question, I heard on the Ducati panigale v2, the quick shift is also assisted by the imu which makes it lean sensitive, does that apply to other manufactures?

    1. Hi Bill, I wouldn’t assume this for all manufacturers. Unfortunately, they don’t all tell us exactly how their rider aid safety systems work. And even though manufacturers all use a few shared systems (Bosch, Continental etc.), I know manufacturers don’t have to implement all features.

  16. The comment that ABS is the greatest innovation in the last 20 years makes me wonder. The first bike I rode with ABS was a BMW K1 in 1989.

  17. All Energica motorcycles use Bosch Cornering ABS… the new Experia uses the new Bosch 9.3 Cornering ABS (no idea the improvements – Bosch website only talks about cars using 9-series not motorcycles).

    1. Ah yes, Energica… thank you! Beautiful machines.

      I haven’t found sources saying the other Energica bikes have cornering ABS, but I know that the Experia does. I’ve contacted their press office. If you have a source, I’d appreciate it!

  18. As far as I can tell, the Honda Rebel 1100 (and the other Rebel models) do not have cornering ABS. I believe the article needs to be updated to reflect this.

  19. Hola, muchas gracias por el artículo es muy bueno!
    Sabes si la KTM 390 Adventure de 2020 lleva el mismo ABS que el modelo del 22?
    Muchas gracias y un saludo!

  20. So, according to Honda USA the cbr600rr did not get an imu in the states. Such a shame! No reliable mid-size sport bike has one. 🙁
    Both times I’ve crashed, an imu would have saved me.

    1. The 2015 Super Adventure has it, I checked a few sources… Ah wait, I see, you mean the 1290 Duke. Thanks for that detail, updated! Interesting that the 1290 Duper Duke GT got it in 2016.

  21. Great list!
    The Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello also has cornering ABS. As will the upcoming 2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio and 2024 Moto Guzzi V85 TT.

  22. KTM´s recent LC4c-series: both the 125cc- and the 399cc-engines brought along the Bosch 9.3 ESP-module
    and with that the cornering ABS to all of its models —
    for currently the Duke 125/390 (2024) and the Vit-/Svartpilen 125/401 (2024)

  23. Thanks a lot for this up-to-date list! Excellent, in particular the regular updates.

    With respect to the cheapest motorcycles with Cornering ABS you may wish to add the BMW F900R. It is available in the US, is it not? And here in Central Europe it’s around € 9.4k, and the ABS Pro comes at 350€, so still sort of cheap-ish. I conjecture its pricing to be similar in the US.

    1. You can buy new STR765 R for 10k with cornering ABS. Way better motorcycle in every way possible. BMW really don’t care about middleweight bikes, F900R is one of the worst of them

  24. I’ve looked at BMW’s US-website: For the F 900 R apparently you have to buy the darn “premium package” in the US and arrive at $11.2k. That’s an annoying form of marketing, I’m afraid. In Germany/Austria/Czech Republic etc. you can add the ABS pro in combination with driving modes, so basically on its own, for just €350 and arrive at below € 10k (which, in purchasing power, feels pretty close to $10k)

    1. Yeah, it’s an annoying way of doing things. But at least it was available as an option.

      In reality, many people get the whole lot of options with these premium bikes. It’s why I end up buying used — every time so far.

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