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post #11 of 25 Old 04-06-2017, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Please elaborate on the difference. I understand it will feel different on two wheels instead of four, and when the front wheel locks you're in big trouble. Locking the rear in a turn can put you in a low side if you don't have good proprioception. I'm genuinely curious.
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post #12 of 25 Old 04-07-2017, 01:00 AM
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Yes, definitely go for one with ABS. And yes 2012 and up comes with ABS. I would also suggest, if you can, go for Wee2 (2012 and up). Ps. There is great deal here on 2015. (check out "for sale" section). Good for fly and ride.
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It is mostly a matter of "feel". Basically, I am really good at threshold breaking in a car. I took several driving courses when I was in law enforcement, some in the military and practiced on my own quite a bit. So, when I learned to ride a bike my initial assumption was that it would just translate directly over. I discovered when I crested a hill and there was a truck stopped just over the crest that my breaking skills were not as good as I assumed, and that I needed practice. (No harm done. I locked up the rear wheel, let it go and scared myself with a wobble.) I suppose part of the difference may be that you are manipulating two break controls instead of one. It seems like the bike shifts weight to the front if not differently than a car at least more perceptibly. In a car, you don't have to and can't change the level of breaking on the front and back wheels separately as the car's weight moves forward. When you first hit the break on a bike the back tire has a lot more traction than it will in a fraction of a second. So it is easy to lock up. Also, when you threshold break in a car and a wheel locks up it is easy, even automatic to back off and let the wheel start turning again. If you do this on a bike when the rear wheel locks up, like you said, you risk a high side. One good thing is that with the weight moving to the front tire, unless you are on a loose surface you would almost have to try to lock up the front wheel. I guess, I really can't explain it other than to say, my experience transitioning over to a bike was that my breaking skills in a car did not come with me. While I understood threshold breaking in theory, I had to start all over teaching my hand and foot to actually do it.
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I don't want to sound like a know it all, it is just when you were talking about your thousands of miles in a race car threshold breaking, you sounded a little like me when I started riding late in life.
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It's brakes and braking folks, unless you are trying the get the change out of a piggy bank. I know it's bad form to talk spelling in an international forum, but it's a basic for car and motorcycles sites.

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It's brakes and braking folks, unless you are trying the get the change out of a piggy bank. I know it's bad form to talk spelling in an international forum, but it's a basic for car and motorcycles sites.
You are correct and I apologize.
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So the ABS systems on these aren't linked? If not, then that description makes perfect sense

One of my wife's "demands" about motorcycling is that above else, she wants me to be safe. Therefore, I've decided to limit my searches to only ABS-equipped models. I'm talking to three different sellers I've found on Craigslist. Will update once a Strom is acquired!!
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So the ABS systems on these aren't linked? If not, then that description makes perfect sense

One of my wife's "demands" about motorcycling is that above else, she wants me to be safe. Therefore, I've decided to limit my searches to only ABS-equipped models. I'm talking to three different sellers I've found on Craigslist. Will update once a Strom is acquired!!
Safety is always a good decision. ABS just might save your "caboose". You never know.
My number 1 rule is come home in one piece and live to ride another day.
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Barring unforseen events, next week I will be bringing home a 2013 DL650 Adventure ABS. It is well-farkled with Suzuki side and top cases, corbin saddle, windscreen, crashbars, and more. One owner, 22k miles. I am very excited!
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Barring unforseen events, next week I will be bringing home a 2013 DL650 Adventure ABS. It is well-farkled with Suzuki side and top cases, corbin saddle, windscreen, crashbars, and more. One owner, 22k miles. I am very excited!
Very nice looking ride. I also like the back rest on the seat.
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