40 posts in less than 24 hours - OP, did u ask the question to stir stromers up
there are literally thousands of replies to the ABS thread everywhere - maybe a new section call The ABS Debate
can be set up
1) despite the title, the OP ask whether ABS is beneficial to him. We have no idea his riding experience, preference, and other aspects relevant to give a tailored opinion;
2) for our US audience - please, this is not a debate about individual freedom vs government regulation. Put it another way, i can also argue since it is an additional cost of purchase imposed on the owner., this is another tax levied by the government - does anyone want a new tax - got it? that this line of argument is not relevant in determination of usefulness of ABS
3) For those who frequent off road downhill loose surface trying to brake from 100mph, WTF are u doing with a vstrom- but seriously, installed a ABS instant on/off switch - VSRI site has a detail instruction and would take no more than 2 hours;
For the rest of sensible or non-experienced off road vstrom rider use your engine braking and control your decent over very loose stuff and feather your brakes to bring it to a complete stop and dont clutch in till the last moment - it works for me - if u watch the so called evidence video of one infamous GS rider getting out of control, you will see his brake lights wasnt even on ( and therefore wasnt braking at all ) until he pass the point of no return 1/2 down the steep hill. Unless u are comfortable locking and sliding a machine which weights 210kg or more that pro technique is going to make u fall and tumble down the hill -at least that GS guy made it down the hill upright.
4) pre 2012 strom's ABS is not the latest generation and cycle time is still too long and there are times its activation may not be desirable in some circumstances. - eg activates when braking hard over bump - wheel's tendency to temporarily becoming light causing ABS activation, which in turns cause unwanted unloading of the front suspension even it is for a fraction of a second. I find better damping after mods to suspension reduce the occasions and severity of this issue, but it nevertheless is an issue for pre 2012 vstroms.
5) Even the experienced pros are not always 100% - ever witnessed a GP rider locking a wheel and crashed. Now imagine you trying to be 100% on a public road where the road surface traction is not always known. Sure it's more useful to newbie so that they can practice braking as hard as possible without locking up. it's also useful to experienced riders who may very occasionally have a lapse of judgment.
6) ABS will not reduce your theoretical minimum braking distance. It's merely a tool which detects a lock up has occurred (ie, operator error)and unlocks it - nothing less and nothing more. Nothing replaces training, correct technique and experience. no one should be complacent.
In the debate of usefulness of ABS on vstrom, irrelevant arguments often cloud the real issues which should be to examine the benefits and limitation of Bosch's ABS system used in the vstrom.