Most reports suggest a highly skilled rider that's able to practice hard braking often can out-perform an ABS-equipped bike.Fixn to buy a new Road Glide this will be my 4th bike and the 1st 3 were non ABS bikes. Should I go ABS or is it not worth the extra $$ and would going with a bigger wheel and tire or single brake be a problem later? Thanks for the help!!
Most folks can not out perform ABS. Even then, your stops will be more consistently shorter on average, with ABS. I have it, and rely on it.I've been riding for 30+ years and i've owned one bike [a BMW] with ABS. That said, i know my next touring Harley will have ABS. Those that say they can out ride ABS are just kidding themselves. It can and will save your ass in an emergency situation.
Most reports? Where did u read this??? Like has been stated by others here it has and will save the riders butt 4sure!! I have had it for a few months and it sure is impressive.Most reports suggest a highly skilled rider that's able to practice hard braking often can out-perform an ABS-equipped bike.
With that said, if you're not in that category, the ABS option may be worth the added expense.
ABS and non ABS will stop exactly the same if they are pushed to the treshold. If overbraking occurs the abs bike will be easier to control, no lockup of wheel therefore less chance of laying the bike down. Even with abs it is imperative to practice threshold braking , reaching the point just before abs activates, for maximum braking and using abs only as a safety tool much like you use your helmet and not using it as a crutch to cover your failure to practice. I have abs equipted bike as well as non abs bike. I practice max braking on both and feel comfortable on both. I have on occasions had the abs to activate while normal braking on washboard streets greatly extending the distance to stop. I highly recommend that you find a safe place and activate abs to to get the feel of it so that in a abs incident you know what to expect.
ANY bike I buy from now on, new or used, will have ABS. That is an absolute requirement for me on future bikes. Recently in a sudden stop, I locked up the front wheel for a brief instant. I was able to let go and now go down. But the bars were beginning to twist. I don't need the aggravation of going down even at slow speeds. So all my future bikes and cars will have ABS.Fixn to buy a new Road Glide this will be my 4th bike and the 1st 3 were non ABS bikes. Should I go ABS or is it not worth the extra $$ and would going with a bigger wheel and tire or single brake be a problem later? Thanks for the help!!