Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central California
Could have used ABS today
I have an 09 650 non-ABS and was riding about 70 in the high Sierras early this morning when a Bambi popped onto the road in front of me. Having mostly ridden ABS BMWs, my first instinct was to grab a fistful of front brake and stand on the rear, which of course immediately locked my rear and swung my tail sideways. Fortunately having ridden a lot of dirt I am familiar with the sensation of a locked rear and simply lifted off the rear and the back swung back behind me where it's supposed to be, and I missed the deer.
Reminded me of why ABS is a good idea. I'm not going to sell my bike and buy and ABS for that reason only, but I doubt I will buy another non-abs bike.
As an aside, I left my house at 6 AM at sea level and by 8 I was at 9,100 feet. I love the riding here in Central California.
'09 Wee (sold)
2012 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring
2006 BMW K1200LT