Living the Stereotype
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Henderson County, NC
The ABS PREVENTED the other wheel from applying its brake. Fortunately the rears slowed us enough where it wasn't a big deal....
It wasn't a big deal because
of the ABS.
The ABS prevented your van from piroutting on the one locked front wheel.
Don't blame a safety feature for a lack of maintenance on your part.
The answer to you question is a matter of degrees and is directly related to tha amount of available traction. For the vast majority of riders, the ABS will keep a bike upright while stopping the bike safely when there is little or no traction for braking. Yes, your stopping distance will be greater because you're using the little bit of traction available to the relatively small contact patches of the tires intead of the much greater drag of handlebars and footpegs digging into the asphalt.
However, rear-ending another vehicle because you failed to maintain a safe following distance for conditions is always the ABS's fault.
Sent from my Hewlett-Packard 75C, using the Flying Merkel motorcycle app.
Stromin'Nroman NC28729, USA
DL650A K7 (Greywolf Moto Lab's R&D test mule) June 1, 2012 - present
DL650A K7 April 23, 2007 - January 6, 2012, RIP
"Look here brother, who you jivin' with that cosmik debris?" Frank Zappa, 1975
Last edited by Stromin'Nroman; 06-18-2011 at 02:13 PM.