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post #1 of 9 Old 01-10-2007, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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ABS or no-ABS!

I never had bikes bigger than 250cc-s and upto that size I never needed ABS. Going from 250cc to 650cc, I am not sure what the riding experience will be with or without ABS.
Is the ABS on a bike reliable (in the city and highway) and also do they need lots of attention to maintain?

Thanks for sharing your experience/thoughts.
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-10-2007, 01:35 PM
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ABS has been pretty well refined at this point in time. See Also: Beemers and their mind-boggling stopping ability.

ABS is not necessary, strictly speaking, but all the test done prove that even the awesomest of awesome riders can stop faster under better control (less wobble) on the average than standard brakes. (Bear in mind that yes, average means that once in a while regular brakes operated with near-perfect precision might be better, but in the vast majority of situations, not even close.)

Your concern about failure is valid. By nature ABS is more complex, but in reality it's actually not as bad as you'd expect. Modern ABS runs off solid-state electronics so aside from arc-welding through your ABS chip (see Long Way Round for reference) the chances of failure are pretty minimal.

Good ABS systems on an AT bike let you turn it off when you're offroad. REALLY good ABS systems are setup so that failover to ABS (assuming it does fry for some reason) will make your brakes behave like ordinary non-ABS brakes.

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There's are a lot of opinions, up and down, about ABS. Opinions aside, ABS is supposed to prevent the wheel from locking up when you hit the brakes. Isn't that how you normally want to come to a stop anyway?

For street riding, that's a safety feature I wish they had on the Vee. Without ABS I have to rely on my braking skills, which are by no means as accurate as a computer.

My experience when I asked this question at the dealership was kind of funny. If they had an ABS model in stock...yeah, ABS was what you wanted to buy. If they didn't have an ABS model in stock...the salesman tried to explain how the non-ABS was just as good.

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post #4 of 9 Old 01-10-2007, 03:30 PM
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Well I have it on mine and it works as advertised. So I'm a happy camper.
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I checked the pricing with the dealer and the deal that I get from him, it is only 400 bucks more. So perhaps having it is an extra safety feature.

Having said that, I saw somewhere on the net that you cannot disconnect it. Is this still valid or they made changes to this?
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Well, I suppose you can disconnect anything. Just pull the two big fuses under the seat.
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post #9 of 9 Old 01-11-2007, 02:04 PM
 
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I have a DL650 on hold, non abs. I have never owned and abs model. Safer, yes. necessary, personal choice. I have friends in the FJR community that have DL650's. I understand you can't turn off the abs for off road use on the DL650. But he is a master at creating aftermarket items and will toy with the idea of a bypass switch that he can turn off his abs. Seems like a lot of trouble to me, jmho. Mike,
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