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Honda wants BIG bucks for their anti-lock brakes..... Harley adds 1000 bucks for their anti locks..... are they worth having?
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If you ever get into a situation where you may need it, you are already in peril of having a mishap. But, the ABS may just be the ace in the hole that bails you out.

It may also prevent you from dropping your bike while braking on sandy surfaces.

I don't haveit but wish I did. However, so far, I have not come close to needing it so far.

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ABS is standard on all UK bikes.



Have caused it to operate twice and it has saved me a spill on one of those occasions.



In other words, its absolutely wothless unles you suddenly find yourself in a situation where you need it.

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Two wheels? I don't know of any study that has been conducted on this. I did watch some of that series, Long Way Around. One of the first things to crap out, on both bikes and one of the chase vehicles, was the ABS. True they were on off road conditions. However, in one case the bike (BMW) would not run after they fried the ABS (welding on the frame).

Leaving me to lean toward the it's just a gimmick and feel good measure - not all that necessary.

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ABS is a lot like a son-in-law. Great when it WORKS.

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Anything that might stop me going down is a good thing in my book.
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Honda wants BIG bucks for their anti-lock brakes..... Harley adds 1000 bucks for their anti locks..... are they worth having?
yes

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Upon reflection, I think it was only the ABS that quit working (on Long Way Around). Even so, the brakes would not work, so they had to get another bike. Being in the middle of no where, I was impressed they found one at all. These BMW's were new (off the show room floor). In the end, it's your money - spend it any way you like.
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Know your, and your machines limits...ride within them. That includes the active practice of scan/identify/predict/decide and execute. I like the alert state that riding requires of me and find that loose sand, oil, head up their ass drivers, or the cross traffic idiot squeezing the last bit ofyellow (red) out of a changing light have not caught me by surprise in many years of riding. ABS do NOTHING until you have exceeded the limits. Sure, we all lose focus at times, but by the time you realise you just rolled thru a stop sign, are in conflict with a left turning car in the intersection, or are too hot entering the curve it is too late for abs to change that anyway. Keep your eyes open and your brain in gear. Take a safety course. Practice. Ride to live

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