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post #1 of 10 Old 04-16-2009, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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Toggle ABS On/Off

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On the GS's you can toggle ABS on/off. Is there a way to do that on the vstrom's? Your thoughts??
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http://www.vstrom.info/Smf/index.php/topic,8792.0.html shows how to install a switch that allows ABS to be turned back on without turning the ignition off. The GS's can't do that.

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If you're a fat, lazy slob (such as yours truly) who has no business messing with the wiring of a motorcycle, you can just pull the fuses.

They're clearly marked.

Maybe you can do that with a BMW, but it might be considered the unwarrantied cause a final drive failure.

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thanks guys

Thanks guys,, really appreciate it.
I rode a 650 v-strom a few days ago and loved it, didn't get it on a fireroad but I think I will like it better that my 1150GS.
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post #5 of 10 Old 04-24-2009, 03:32 PM
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Can I ask why you want to turn off ABS?

I'm in the shopping stages, and have been eyeing the ABS in particular.
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Can I ask why you want to turn off ABS?

I'm in the shopping stages, and have been eyeing the ABS in particular.
If you drive in places with less than ideal traction, such os off road, on gravel, etc., ABS can lengthen your stopping distances. If you lock a wheel in gravel, the tire digs in, the gravel piles up and helps stop you (provided other factors like balance or an eagle landing on your head are managed properly).

ABS in this case would keep the wheels rolling, and rolling and rolling...

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post #7 of 10 Old 04-24-2009, 04:07 PM
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In off-road situations it's a good idea to turn it off.

Especially on a slick downhill section, you may want to drag the rear tire to keep the bike upright.

On a gravel road, this is not much of a concern, especially if it's not real steep and/or slick and the surface still bears a slight resemlance to a road. Knobby tires also make this less of an issue.

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Makes perfect sense to me. I have a '95 jeep Cherokee that I take offroad regularly and I've cussed the ABS several times. Nice to know it translates pretty much the same with half the wheels.

Thank you!
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Makes perfect sense to me. I have a '95 jeep Cherokee that I take offroad regularly and I've cussed the ABS several times. Nice to know it translates pretty much the same with half the wheels.

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Exactly. Throw in some compresssion braking form the engine, and you can show folks what "a jeep thing" is all about. Too bad the Strom's don't come with a low range.
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Eastern Beaver has a kit for installing an ABS switch: http://easternbeaver.com/Main/Bike_S...tml#absadaptor

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