Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
LOL, we had a rider in our club on his '05 Yamaha R1 that said he could out-brake an ABS-equipped rider every time.
I didnt know that was a contest. Funny, he had more than his share of wrecks than most.
When I attended Subaru ABS training and a BMW motorcycle ABS demo-rides, the emphasis was not on how it braked faster with ABS--the main deal is that a locked wheel can't be steered. By allowing the wheel to be steered with controlled, pulsed braking, steering control was retained.
At Subaru, we went out on a parking lot, rolled out a 100'+ length of vinyl mat and hosed it down, then sprayed dishwashing liquid over the water. As per instruction, I picked up speed in a Legacy sedan to 50 mph, hit the mat an slammed on the brakes. The car went sideways, slid back and forth, finally got it to a stop well beyond the mat. The next Subaru I tried had the then-new Bosch 5.3 ABS system. Same deal, except the car stopped on the mat straight and sure with no drama except for the normal pedal pulsation that occurs during ABS operation.
The main issue people had with ABS was 1) the pedal pulsations freaked them out, to the point where: 2) they let off the pedal, which stopped the ABS operation....and they lost control and crashed.
Yes, ABS cars do stop in a shorter distance, hence possibly quicker, but the main purpose is to allow the operator to maintain steering control.
I'm waiting for the day where, on motorcycles, the ABS unit will activate ABS regardless of brake application in the event of following too closely based on a radar sensor signals, or the operator isnt on the brakes in time to prevent an accident.
My '19 Mazda CX-5, and many more cars these days are so equipped---and twice now I've had the "pleasure" of experiencing this system do its thing.
Last edited by MAZ4ME; 03-28-2019 at 04:20 PM.