Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Central NC
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By the way - the video on page one is crap - obviously put together by someone who wants ABS. The rider on the non-abs cycle is locking up both brakes solid and holding them with no attempt whatsoever to modulate. On the other hand, the ABS rider obviously didn't have a whole lot of faith in the technology, because he releases the brake on his stop (obvious from the change in fork compression). This is no different than NBC wiring model rocket motors to GM truck gas tanks.
There are credible ABS tests out there using skilled and unskilled riders - and they consistently show that inexperienced riders have a significant benefit from ABS. Experienced riders benefit less from the device, but it still has advantages, especially if you have an unexpected panic stop.
My main dislike of ABS is that it promotes laziness - riders, especially new ones, tend to depend on the technology instead of learning the skills they need to become better riders. The most destabilizing thing that you can do to a motorcycle is apply the brakes, yet some people still believe they have "mastered" a machine without any real knowledge of the physical forces associated with braking. If you fail to learn this, you may become a competent rider, but you will never be a skilled one.