ZF and TRW-Lucas target two-wheeler OEMs at Intermot

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 05 Oct 2016

ZF's adaptive damping system CDC (Continuous Damping Control) adapts the damping hardness to the current riding situation in a matter of milliseconds thanks to intelligent control software.

ZF and TRW-Lucas have joined forces for the first time at this year’s Intermot 2016 motorcycle trade show, which opened today in Cologne (Booth No.D041, Hall Hall 6.1).

ZF has been developing and producing a broad range of damping modules and electronic components for motorcycles for several years now. As a result of the acquisition of TRW last year, ZF now has an expanded product portfolio in the motorcycle sector. Many motorcycle manufacturers – from Aprilia to Yamaha – have fitted ZF motorcycle products, particularly chassis components, for a number of years. While the ZF brand will focus on damping modules at Intermot, TRW-Lucas will present its braking and clutch components, rearsets and handlebars as well as other accessories.

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The competences of ZF and ZF TRW are mutually complementary in the motorcycle sector as well as in the passenger cars and commercial vehicles. With additional expertise from ZF TRW in braking and clutch components, ZF says it is now ideally positioned to offer comprehensive solutions in this market segment. The shared expertise will also play a role in the design of new products.


Engineers from ZF and ZF TRW are already working closely together to develop innovative motorcycle components for greater safety and comfort. For example, ZF engineers are using braking components from the TRW-Lucas brand in their test vehicles for new damping systems. Several of the products developed as part of these cooperative efforts will be celebrating their premiere at Intermot.

The cornerstone of ZF's motorcycle portfolio is its adaptive damping system – Continuous Damping Control (CDC). The company adapted this passenger car technology for motorcycles for the first time in 2012 and has since continued to enhance the system for motorcycle applications. With a comprehensive portfolio, ZF is once again reinforcing its claim of enabling vehicles to see, think and act in the world of motorcycles. CDC continually adapts the damping force to the respective road conditions and driving situation – from roads full of potholes to braking maneuvers and driving with or without a passenger. It is therefore the perfect answer to dynamic driving challenges and complex vibration behavior.

The CDC is controlled by an electronic control unit equipped with sensors that analyse the riding situation and a sophisticated software that calculates the ideal damping force in a matter of milliseconds. A proportional valve in the damper regulates the oil flow and thereby the damping hardness. The intelligent mechatronic system offers many advantages for motorcyclists and simultaneously enhances safety, comfort and dynamic driving.

Aside from the CDC, ZF is showcasing other products from its broad damping systems portfolio including its Nivomat ride-height control and other steering dampers, telescopic forks and suspension struts. TRW-Lucas is presenting a comprehensive assortment of braking components, clutches, rearsets and handlebars as well as perfectly designed accessories.

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