Brakes.By the way I've slammed on the breaks and not had the breaks lock up. It's a really light bike, I don't think ABS is necessary unless you plan to race it or ride on bad weather days.
No, what you said wasn't stupid... just uninformed on the subject.Fair enough. I know better with spelling brake. Next time I will take a break to check my post before pressing send.
I don't race and therefore said something stupid. All I needed to say is I don't think this bike needs ABS.
I believe ABS is now mandatory for all new street legal bikes being sold in Canada (as it is in the EU).It's easy to say a bike doesn't need ABS when braking on "good" surfaces. Introduce some slipperiness or a panic braking situation, and you get a different picture. I've read enough reports on the Internet about (even experienced) riders thanking their ABS. Like this guy on a Burgman. A deer jumped in front of his bike and he had to brake hard AND swerve. Consumer Reports say that riders who have ABS are something like 30% less likely to be involved in a fatal accident. They make up info like that. Actually, I can't understand why ABS is not standard on bikes in NA when it is on cars...
First, my previous two posts in this thread were not in reply, or directed at you. I have to say that you seem to be taking some of my posts personally, when those posts clearly were not in reply to something you posted.Hey Mike
Your so passionately politically correct, it's just the Internet FFS. Poster asks for opinions, others give there's, I give mine. Ultimately it's everyone's personal choice, but it's nice to hear from people on both sides of the discussion. But you must enjoy your high and mighty view from atop the fence eh? Not really contributing your opinion (other than you don't need ABS but others do) just looking down on others for sharing theirs... Also, Canada has not banned motorcycles without ABS.
Sorry for the rant folks, mikes been commenting like this after me on a number of posts lately.
ABS was actually first used on aircraft, to reduce stopping distance. The first road vehicle to have it was in fact a motorcycle, for the same reason. The ability to brake and steer was a secondary benefit, first observed on a car and was then marketed as the primary benefit when ABS started to appear on 'mainstream' cars.Interestingly enough ABS was not designed to stop people as fast as possible without lockup. It was designed to allow people to brake as hard as possible while still maintaining the ability to turn to avoid an obstacle. Keep this in mind when people say they can brake better without ABS.