it isnt only wet conditions, but gravel, leaves, road kills, metal plates/covers,
oil spills, anything that moves over the road, any garbage tossed out a car
window, anything.. hard braking on just smooth road can induce locks..
when your wheel[s] dont, lock or begin to lock, brakes function normally..
experienced racers will respond to impending locks by subtle easing
of input to avoid the locking but continue braking when no locking,,
so the abs under potential locking/skidding situations sort of
mimics what the skilled racer would do anyway...
you can do stoppies on dry road surfaces, as i discovered in my
one in your face emergency stop, no skidding [no tire marks]
and the momentary releases of the abs were not obvious
and at the end moment of the braking sequence she
carried her mass and momentum forward which resulted
in rear of motorcycle lifting up about 30 or so degrees..
in other strong braking such as mid roundabout when
some prawn decided he wanted my space [etc]
she has handled it very well, with stability
and excellent stopping or very fast slowing
to almost stop.. very reassuring..
to repeat, everyone has different riding habits
including braking etc, so, if at all interested
take a few abs bikes for test rides..
the proof is in [your] pudding