In pursuit of
a better ride

Alex travels the world in search of a #BetterRide. We follow him on his motorcycle trips through Italy, India, and across the globe. Two things he always has with him are Bosch technology and his quest for a #BetterRide.

Alex Chacón

From medical student to motorcycle adventurer in 200,000 kilometers

Alex Chacón

International motorcycle adventurer and YouTube star: 27-year-old Alex Chacón has many talents, but his passion for motorcycling exceeds everything. Three years ago, the former medical student sold all of his belongings to travel around the world on his motorcycle, riding 200,000 kilometers through more than 41 countries on five continents and across 75 borders. Traveling such long distances on a bike means that the technology has to be absolutely reliable – a little more every day. Thanks to Bosch motorcycle technology, Alex has the reliability he needs.


Nicola Andreetto

The wonderful world of a storyteller on two wheels

Nicola Andreetto

Two cultures, two motorcycles, two friends. Alex Chacón from the USA and Italian Nicola Andreetto, two passionate bikers and bloggers, hit the road for an unforgettable motorbike adventure from Milan to Lago d'Orta. With technology from Bosch never leaving their side and the pursuit of their very personal #BetterRide never leaving their mind.

To find the #BetterRide, you need two things – the right motorcycle and the right route. In Italy both are catered for – the bikes are fitted with Bosch's Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC), Engine Management System (EMS) and Antilock Braking System (ABS). This will help Alex and Nicola get to their destination safely. But first it's time to set off – the two have to overcome an urban challenge in Milan before they can enjoy the scenic roads that will take them to Lago d'Orta.

Riding through Milan's narrow lanes and heavy traffic efficiently is no problem for Alex thanks to the Engine Management System (EMS) from Bosch. With the EMS, power delivery is more spontaneous and dynamic than carburetor engines. At the same time, consumption is lowered by 16 percent in riding cycles that reflect typical urban traffic.

Error-free braking and quick reaction times are important at the various traffic lights of Milan – no problem with the Antilock Braking System (ABS), whatever the road or weather conditions. If, for example, a wheel is at risk of locking when the rider has braked too hard or the road is slippery, the Antilock Braking System specifically controls the braking pressure, thus ensuring optimum braking.

After exploring the city the day before, the two bike adventurers enjoy the idyllic winding roads around Lago d'Orta at dawn.

Thrilling and even more thrilling – Lago di Orta and Lago Maggiore. The tour is one of the most popular routes among bike lovers in Italy. This is mainly because of the number of bends. And the Motorcycle Stability Control makes sure the duo gets to the other side of each of these bends in one piece. After all, the system constantly measures all key motorcycle data: wheel speed, lean angle, pitch angle, acceleration, braking pressure and many more – allowing it to recognize an impending critical situation early on and supportively intervene.

The two park their bikes in the small town of Orta San Gulia and take a break for lunch – it's now time to talk about the best memories of their shared passion – motorcycling.

At sunset, the two get back on their bikes to start their journey back to Milan. The Antilock Braking System (ABS) is a loyal companion the entire way, whether at junctions, on bridges or during unexpected stops on free stretches. If the ABS does ever have to intervene, the rider feels the hand and foot brake lever pulsating and hears a rattling noise.

They found what they were searching for: their dream of a #BetterRide from Milan to Lago d'Orta, riding thrills on narrow lanes, around sharp bends and over long stretches. The technology from Bosch by no means reduced the element of fun, it contributed to it.

Alex and Nicola certainly agree on one thing: that the end is the start of something new. As they look back on unforgettable biking experiences, Alex already has the next challenge to look forward to: the roads of India.

He calls himself an addict − addicted to the sights and sounds of the street, to the next unforgettable moment, to the #BetterRide that is only possible on a motorcycle. The 35-year-old Nicola Andreetto is actually a trained designer. He used to work as a journalist, but today he makes a living as social media manager. His passion, however, is motorcycling. By the young age of seven, he had had his first contact with the world of motorcycling. Now he rides more than 20,000 kilometers on his bike every year and collects, as he says, stories from the road. Nicola has traveled through Italy, Europe, India, and Vietnam. Bosch does its part so that Nicola can always find the perfect destination and bring home the best stories.

 

 

 

Sundeep Gajjar

Also known as the MotoGrapher, founder of India's largest motorcycling platform - xBhp

Sundeep Gajjar

Alex Chacón from the USA has his sights set on his next adventure – the wonderful, mysterious India. From the streets of New Delhi to the countryside regions around Mashru. A route on which the passionate motorcyclist and blogger discovers his #BetterRide. He is supported in this by two-wheel technology from Bosch.

Alex is accompanied on the search for the #BetterRide by Sundeep Gaijar, a fellow enthusiastic motorcyclist and blogger. Sundeep shows him his world and can count on Bosch technology while doing so – because the bikes that Alex and Sundeep are riding have an Antilock Braking System (ABS) and an Engine Management System (EMS) from Bosch – an indispensable help on the challenging Indian road surfaces. Then the tour starts – with an urban challenge in New Delhi, they set off on an exciting northbound mountain route.

The streets of New Delhi are full of life. A real challenge when handling the bikes – even for the experienced motorcycle riders Alex and Sundeep. But thanks to EMS, this is no problem. EMS means spontaneous power delivery when compared with carburetor engines. Fuel consumption is also lower. Exactly the right solution for the streets of New Delhi.

Alex and Sundeep experience just how lively New Delhi's streets really are when they go a little deeper into daily life in the metropolis with a population of 11 million. Error-free braking and a quick reaction time are important in the lanes and side streets – and are a matter of course with ABS from Bosch. If, for example, a wheel is at risk of locking when the rider has braked too hard or the road is slippery, ABS specifically controls the braking pressure, thus ensuring optimum braking. Exactly what motorcycle adventurers need.

With their journey of discovery in the city behind them, Alex and Sundeep are now heading to the rural areas of India. They set off northwards, into the mountains near Shimla airport and to the Mashru district.

The tour in the mountains is exactly to Sundeep and Alex's taste. Leaning into the curves at sunrise – what could be better for real motorcycle adventurers?

In Shimla, Sundeep and Alex give their bikes a rest and take a short break. The children are enthusiastic and receive the adventurers with joyous applause. The two motorcycle adventurers are happy to share their experiences and impressions with the people.

At dawn they head back south – both of them get onto their motorcycles again and travel to a village near Chandigarh. And they are really put to the test. Alex and Sundeep experience a real off-road feeling on unpaved roads. But mud, puddles and stony surfaces are nothing to their bikes.

In the little village of Mashru, the two motorcycle adventurers set their bikes aside once more – they are sure to receive wondering gazes from the children there. They look around the area and speak about their best memories from their common passion – motorcycle riding.

They are both on their way at the crack of dawn – back to New Delhi. They have more than 200 miles in front of them. And they do not even need to make a fuel stop. This is because the Bosch Engine Management System not only supports Alex and Sundeep with agile acceleration in the narrow side streets of New Delhi, with its millions of inhabitants. The electronic engine control also enables efficient fuel combustion on long journeys.

The #BetterRide dream has come true for Alex in India too – together with the motorcycle adventurer and blogger Sundeep Gaijar. From New Delhi to the mountainous north and back, with lots of riding fun along the way in narrow lanes, around sharp bends and over long distances.

51 Countries. 107 motorcycles. 300,000 + kms. 100,000 photos. Innumerable Experiences.
Spending just one day as Sundeep Gaijar – that would be a dream for most bikers. 34-year-old Sundeep leads such a fulfilled motorcycling life that it would make you jealous. He got his first motorcycle at age 21 – a Bajaj Pulsar 180, an Indian classic. He began his professional career as a web designer 13 years ago. He founded the website xBhp.com and uploaded pictures he had taken of superbikes to it. Today, xBhp.com is India's largest motorcycling platform with a website, forum, offline community and a print magazine. Sundeep discovers the world on his motorcycles. He has traveled in ten countries to date. Today, Sundeep's passion for photography is an indispensable part of his tours and makes each new adventure a #BetterRide – as you can experience in spectacular fashion."

 

 

 

Motorcycle ABS

Effective braking for a #BetterRide

Braking instead of locking

Studies show that 26% of all motorcycle accidents in Germany could be prevented by ABS. And this is how it works: If a wheel is about to lock during hard braking or on slippery roads, the antilock braking system (ABS) regulates the braking pressure. The risk of a fall is therefore significantly reduced.

Watch the Bosch two-wheeler safety video: The motorcycle ABS

The Evolution of Motorcycle Safety

The Evolution of Motorcycle Safety #BetterRide
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Motorcycle stability control

Increased safety for a #BetterRide

Increased safety

Cornering is risky, and causes a lot of motorcycle accidents. Motorcycle stability control (MSC) ensures it can be done safely. With MSC, riders can brake and accelerate without sacrificing the fun of the ride.

Watch the Bosch two-wheeler safety video: The motorcycle stability control (MSC)

Around the world on two wheels: Get inspired by the most spectacular, extraordinary, and demanding motorcycle routes.

Get inspired by this collection of spectacular motorcycle routes around the world #BetterRide
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Experience the seemingly endless highways of the U.S. for the greatest possible feeling of freedom. Ride across the picturesque Alps in Germany, the world’s automotive stronghold with a heart for motorcycles, or explore Italy, where scooters are part of the Italian way of life. India, the world’s second-largest market for two-wheelers, Thailand, where the motorcycle taxi was invented, and Japan, the cradle of world-famous motorcycle brands, are best explored on motorcycles as well. Swap the saddle for a scooter in Indonesia: they are the most important means of transportation in the fourth most-populous country in the world.

Engine Management Systems

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Faster and more dynamic

Perfectly coordinated system solutions for every type of two-wheeler are no problem with engine management systems from Bosch (EMS). Compared to carburetor engines, motorcycle engines with EMS are faster and more dynamic. And these are only two of many advantages.

Watch the Bosch engine management systems video for two-wheelers

#FirstRide

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We are
Bosch

Nobody forgets their #FirstRide, and the employees of Bosch don’t either. Here they tell us about themselves, their first time out with their #FirstRide, and what a #BetterRide means for them today.

Eric Greenham

Calibration of Engine management system for 2 Wheeler/Powersports projects

What was so special about your first motorcycle ride:
Being totally engaged in the riding experience.

In your opinion, what has been the most important technical development in motorcycling so far:
Electronic engine management with electronic throttle control and motorcycle stability control.

Jim Page

I am the Sales Manager for Polaris.

What was so special about your first motorcycle ride:
I burnt my leg on the exhaust pipe.

In your opinion, what has been the most important technical development in motorcycling so far:
The helmet is the most important followed closely by the heat shield on the exhaust pipe.

Prashanth S N (Pachi)

Develop products at an affordable price for all segments of Two wheeler & Powersports.

What was so special about your first motorcycle ride:
“Rider” in control to continuously balance the GYRO’s using every sense/control available

In your opinion, what has been the most important technical development in motorcycling so far:
Increased riding dynamics & controllability with continuously increasing power to weight ratio

Stefano Chianese

Acquisition manager for motorcycle ABS, managing the accounts of Italian customers.

What was so special about your first motorcycle ride:
The sense of freedom and speed you get with only two wheels under your seat.

In your opinion, what has been the most important technical development in motorcycling so far:
Safety systems, together with electronics, made motorcycles much safer and reliable than before.

Shunsaku Ono

System and function development for two-wheeler safety products

What was so special about your first motorcycle ride:
Speed. I had never felt so high speed!

In your opinion, what has been the most important technical development in motorcycling so far:
To understand the needs of market or end user.

Dorothee Weiß

External communication of the topic of EMS for 2-wheelers.

What was so special about your first motorcycle ride:
15° is far from being “sideways”.

In your opinion, what has been the most important technical development in motorcycling so far:
The networking function makes tours even more fun!

Harald Lang

Development of a fuel pump for small engines up to 125 cc

What was so special about your first motorcycle ride:
How close you get to the tarmac when you lean in

In your opinion, what has been the most important technical development in motorcycling so far:
The MSC from Bosch, the Motorcycle Stability Control (with ABS technology) in the KTM 1190 Adventure R (see above)

Christian Gröger

Technical customer contact for two-wheeler safety products

What was so special about your first motorcycle ride:
Where will this road take me? Pure freedom at 16!

In your opinion, what has been the most important technical development in motorcycling so far:
What impresses me is that new developments just keep coming. I'm certain that a state-of-the-art bike of today will feel awful in 20 years. Like a bike from 1990 feels today! When I started out, a bike of this time felt amazing! There is never THE development or THE invention. It is a combination of individual improvements and there is no end in sight!

Henning Heikes

Clean two-wheelers by means of electronic injection systems

What was so special about your first motorcycle ride:
The 90kg instructor behind me.

In your opinion, what has been the most important technical development in motorcycling so far:
The Antilock Braking System

Achim Haller

ABS project manager for Italian motorcycle manufacturers, organizer of motorcycle events with customers.

What was so special about your first motorcycle ride:
The incredible feeling to finally be able to go for rides with a group.

In your opinion, what has been the most important technical development in motorcycling so far:
That despite all the technology, having fun on your bike is always paramount.

Volkmar Denner

What was so special about your first motorcycle ride:
The first time I ever sat on a motorcycle was on a rented 125 cc bike. Riding the bike through beautiful mountain scenery, I was immediately hooked …

In your opinion, what has been the most important technical development in motorcycling so far:
In my view, the most important technical development for motorcycles is the Bosch MSC motorcycle stability control and its predecessor, ABS. Now that’s what I call truly "Invented for life"!

#BetterRide

Bikers and their passion for motorcycles − in their words, with their pictures. Here you see the greatest memories of our users. You can be a part of it. Share a card featuring your #FirstRide or post your #BetterRide using the hashtags and we’ll display it here. In addition, follow the experiences of Alex Chacón, our riders, and users around the globe with their #BetterRide.

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