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Old 12-03-2012, 08:22 PM   #1
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I've been riding for about 10 years or so and have never owned a bike with ABS. Just wondering if ABS is really worth it or is it more for a beginner?
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:32 PM   #2
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I don't think you can buy a car these days without abs. I would rather have it in an emergency than not. Up until recently, only the high end bikes had it and there are consumer reports out there that say ABS reduces fatalities by around 30%. If you do a search on this forum you'll dredge up about 10 threads on the topic.
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cracker, im a re-entry motorcyclist after 4 road hondas then
an enforced break.. also never experienced abs, but researching
this system before buying again i was impressed with reviews from
experienced riders, mc journos etc, together with my own reviews of
the system itself [design etc]..

still had some slight reservation as to perhaps losing some rider control
but decided for the abs, esp when a used black [preferred - 600km only]
abs model came up for a very good price plus good shark helmet, good
alpinestars jacket and gloves thrown in as inducement for my cash..

anyway, normal or typical suburban riding, with some care after years
out of the saddle etc, and learning this bike, and the brakes worked
like non abs, with rear perhaps feeling bit weak [good for surburbia etc]..

when nutcases in tin boxes tried to get us tho, my pre-existing skills
developed over decades of riding kicked in [to my great satisfaction ]
and the abs brakes did their job [i was going to say flawlessly] very well..
testing them out i found i coiuld make the rear wheel do little 'hops'
by stepping on it hard at fairly low speeds, otherwise good as gold..

first emergency use was overtaking a truck parked on my road [uphill]
noone in it facing me on my side of the road, after acellerating into my
street but still not high speed a bloke walked straight out from behind it
in front of me, pushing two wheely-bins..
it was and could only be a reflex response, i was half way past the truck,
but anyway, grabbed a handfull of front and she virtually stopped on sixpence..
no discernable easing off but no screaching of tires either, just stopped on
the spot, doing a 'frontie', rear rising up high, me up on the pegs holding bars,
pause up there [nicely balanced] then drop back down onto both wheels..

after glaring at the garbo for a second, continued up the street to park
with a big smile on my face... they certainly worked, no problem..

according to one review i read they tested using various riders of various
skills levels incl experienced road racers, over various surfaces, and only
one road racer [mc journo] managed to better the abs stopping distance
while braking with a cbr250r without, abs...

so in a nutshell, i recommend this abs system
for any rider or level of skill..
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It will almost always provide a tad shorter stopping distance, especially in wet conditions. Having said that, I didn't get ABS because they didn't have any at the time I bought mine and I didn't want to wait for one. But given the choice, if they had both in stock in the color that I wanted, I would have gotten ABS.

A little bit more added safety is always worth the money!
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I'm getting the ABS model. Otherwise wife won't let me buy it.
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If you can swing the extra dough, it's worth it. It is a better braking system. And to save some other people having to type it, ABS is not a substitute for good riding technique, it is an enhancement to it.
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Chicks find abs hot.


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Wish I could just buy a set.


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Watch this-It's pretty much a no brainer...
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Ok, ok, ok. I'll just get one with ABS. Lol. Just wasn't really sure since I've never had them. But you guys came with a lot of good info. Thanks a lot. I'm 97% sure I'm going to get a cbr250r. Seems like more than enough bike for everyday life. I've had the 600s and no one ever really uses them to there full use. But they are super sexy. Lol


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