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Old 04-04-2012, 08:25 PM   #1
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European bike laws: ABS required coming

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I did a search today on the 2013 Triumph Street Triple R. Besides some styling changes and a single rear swing arm and a single low can, they are adding ABS. The article said: ABS is becoming required by law on European bikes. That is interesting. Likely it can be turned off like the Ducatis and some other bikes, but each time you ride you have to cycle it off.

Given the above, the STR becomes, finally, my "perfect" bike. If I confirm the ABS, I may put down a deposit on a 2013 STR with ABS. They usually arrive in the fall.

My buddy Ed has ABS on his new BMW touring bike. He just got back from a 1700 week long ride to Missouri and back. He said the ABS is worth waiting for and it helped prevent a skid on a slick rainy road at 60 mph getting out of the way of a truck.
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abs is nothing new and many bikes sold in america have it already.
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Yea, ABS is still good
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abs is nothing new and many bikes sold in america have it already.
The 09 CBRs were the first bikes in the supersport class to offer ABS
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The 09 CBRs were the first bikes in the supersport class to offer ABS
ok... goldwings have had them for awhile, bmw's have had the option for awhile. vfr's have had them for a bit. I am sure there are many more
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ok... goldwings have had them for awhile, bmw's have had the option for awhile. vfr's have had them for a bit. I am sure there are many more
Yep, it's easy putting it on a large and or heavy bike
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Hopefully ABS will start appearing on more entry level bikes with this change.
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Not interested in abs. I have a great breaking system. It's called my hand.
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I wish more bikes had ABS but only as an option or at least an on/off toggle switch. It shouldn't be forced onto you.
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I got ABS on a 1998 BMW R1100GS and can turn it off when I am in the dirt. Works great, been around for a least 14 years!
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I've got it, and it is entirely unobtrusive. The few times I've had to panic stop in traffic it has been wonderful. I didn't have to think about braking and could focus on the rest of the traffic situation. I'm sure with practice I could brake more effectively without it in ideal conditions, but I doubt I would be able to brake more effectively in an emergency situation.
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ABS is great....nothing bad about it unless you go off road...most bikes that can its an otion u can switch off.
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I can't wait to nab me a gs or gsa.
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Abs would be great on all bikes, especially given that a lot of people want an SS for their first bike.
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i don't know that i would have a problem with having ABS on a street bike, but i have been riding for over 47 years and honestly braking is not something i think about, it is something i just do.
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Thanks for the comments, Rael pretty much sums it up for me. One of the ways I can justify in my own mind upgrading to a new bike: it has to have current technology, and that includes ABS. Heck, the brakes on my Kawa EX 500 are basic, and yup I have emergency braked the past year, and yup I can modulate the brakes with my hand and foot---but, I think ABS makes sense. We will see if Mancuso can verify the 2013 STR ABS brake story.
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I wish more bikes had ABS but only as an option or at least an on/off toggle switch. It shouldn't be forced onto you.
You can always pull the fuse and it's a $1,000 option on the CBR
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i don't know that i would have a problem with having ABS on a street bike, but i have been riding for over 47 years and honestly braking is not something i think about, it is something i just do.
If you never brake hard enough to lock up the wheels the ABS doesn't kick in.
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