Not trying to start an argument, and promise I won't participate in it if that's where it goes....I do not want to ever go down again when I apply the front brake, and I want to be able to stop fast on all types of surfaces.
The only way to assure that you will never go down when you apply the front brake is to never apply the front brake (a truly bad idea). If your lean angle plus braking force overwhelms the traction available, ABS may not save you - particularly if the surface is loose.
In addition, most tests indicate that while ABS is more consistent, it does not stop faster than properly applied non-ABS brakes in stopping. In fact, the CBR manual specifically states that ABS will take longer to stop than a non-ABS bike. Progressive braking near the limits of adhesion is the fastest way from X to zero.
The above may sound like I'm knocking ABS - but it's a safety system designed to be your last resort. Your goal should be to practice braking until you can swiftly and efficiently stop your bike in the shortest possible distance. If ABS has to save you often, the day will come when even the electrons can't move fast enough to keep you upright.
As always, my opinion - but shared by people who know a lot more about riding at the limits then I ever will.
BTW, yes, my CBR is non-ABS and no, I have no regrets not waiting for an ABS-equipped bike.