Have you tried it? I have. I just rode the rear brake down the hill and was easily able to stop part-way down.There are times when disabling ABS is preferable. Try going down a steep hill in the dirt and see if you still like having it on.
I guess I am one of the elites.The percentage of Vstrom owners that ride down steep dirt hills is probably 0.01%
I did, it had an inch of slimy clay on it as well. Stopped better on that than my K6 would have.There are times when disabling ABS is preferable. Try going down a steep hill in the dirt and see if you still like having it on.
No I haven't tried it -- I'm just going by what quite a few others, with more dirt experience, have said or written. But it's not hard to see how there would be times on loose surfaces when being able to lock the rear wheel would be desirable; even a dirt noob like me could tell you that a straight-line run on a flat lake bed is not one of those times. I was responding to the "this is definitive proof" claim in that video, which ignored all other situations.Have you tried it? I have. I just rode the rear brake down the hill and was easily able to stop part-way down.
No doubt there are scenarios - just think it's mighty rare that some on an "Adventure Touring" bike would be in one. I bet the percentage of S10 and Triumph Explorer that go off road (not dirt roads - off roads) is about the same it is for the V-Strom and R1200GS owners I know - about 1 out of 10.
Cycles faster ?.That is exactly the same situation I was in when my ABS left me with no braking. I wonder what (if anything) is different with the ABS on the 2012's?
This is one of the nice things about ABS braking systems that is often overlooked: It's a way to test the tractional limits of you, your bike and whatever surface you're on - safely.I tend to either threshold brake or brake VERY VERY HARD in short pulses on dirt - the ABS gives you a nice indicator that you've overdone it