I didn't even know the bike was a ABS version but I'm glad it is even though I would never know the difference since this was the first time I've ever ridden a street bike. I haven't ridden a motorcycle (dirtbike) since I was 12 years old and I didn't even ride it very much when I was a kid either. I honestly thought I could just hop on it a go like the wind, boy was I wrong. I had no idea the bike was that big.....hehe! I'm 41 yrs old and I weight about 270-280.......6 ft tall and I was afraid to start the engine.....LOL! I just have to get used to riding. I eventually started and drove around in my neighborhood and down a few streets to a parking lot for about 15 minutes. I need to get used to the everything. I just need to take it slow and put in about 30 hrs and take a course. Crash bars wouldn't hurt either. The bike I purchased is a 2008 Vstrom 650dl ABS but it has over 40k miles but it was well taken care of, not really a scratch on it. The chain is a bit noisy and runs kind of jerky, is that normal??