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Old 12-30-2012, 03:51 PM   #21
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Even on such a controlled, smooth surface, you can tell the rider wasn't getting 100% consistent traction all the way across. The tiny dips in pavement and higher patches of water would've been all it took to lock up the tires under threshold braking. Imagine threshold braking on the wet roads of Houston, where it's nowhere that smooth.


I don't have ABS, but I also don't commute..
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:23 PM   #22
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IMO, I'd say it's more to do with what was the first bike you rode regularly. If you're used to non-abs, you'd probably have better control than someone with less experience in panic braking situations on a non-abs bike, and could ride with abs on for the street, and off for the track.

If you learned with ABS, I'd never ride with out it, because the first time you clamp down and grab a hand full of front brake, you're taking a short flight over the handlebars.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:29 PM   #23
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ABS all the way. I wish my bike had it. I've researched and have seen numerous videos on it and I can't seem to find a good reason not to own it. I wish my bike had it.

How often do you actually have to do panic stops? Not to often, and it's not something that you can practice with any level of true realism. You never expect to grab a handful of brake, but if you had to it would be nice to know that you will not wash out the front and low side. And don't say you won't, it's happened thousands of times in the history of motorcycling.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:38 PM   #24
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When fuel injection first came out I'm sure there were the hardcore that said they would never switch over. Now FI is on just about everything. I think this will be the case with ABS also. One day you will be hard pressed to not find it on automobiles and motorcycles. Might as well accept it.
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unless you're a pro, abs is practically useful in many situations (especially rain).


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Old 12-30-2012, 08:13 PM   #26
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1) typically everyone will say "ABS is for and people with tiny dicks"

2) those are the same people that WISHED they were or people with tiny dicks whenever they low side their into the 5th dimension

True story...
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I've never ridden with ABS--BUT I have been in many situations where I think it would be necessary...for example SUDDENLY CAR--and I lock up the rear and have no choice but to ride the lightning.
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with all the present dangers of the open road, whats wrong with a little added saftey.

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Old 12-31-2012, 09:52 AM   #29
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I've said it before:

I'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it!...... Kind of like a firearm!
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:01 AM   #30
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ABS is nice to have just in case you need it. Never know when you might have to brake hard on a shitty, wet, oily, sandy surface. It could keep your off the pavement.
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I have ABS on my VFR that I use for commuting and after riding with ABS, I will not buy a bike without one.
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FYI it's $1000 more on a CBR. If you're already into the bike more than $11,000 is an extra grand really that big a deal?
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FYI it's $1000 more on a CBR. If you're already into the bike more than $11,000 is an extra grand really that big a deal?
...and just think how much money, in medical bills, ABS will save you! It's worth the added cost, IMHO!
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It equates to about $20 more on the payment. You will probably save that on the insurance discount. Worth it.
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