Main Motorcycle: Sprint ST
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Suffolk, England
Other Motorcycle: Honda VFR 750
Extra Motorcycle: BMW F800
I think there are a few problems with this although in general it probably is a good idea.
I have had only one bike with ABS, a BMW, and it never really worked properly, frequently failing to switch on properly when the ignition was started. There are also a lot of horrific stories of current BMW (bike) ABS systems making the brakes completely non-operational after going over a series of bumps, such as 'rumble strips'. I have no experience of other makes on bikes, although my car ABS comes in too soon in my opinion, losing braking force unnecessarily. Hard to argue against from a functional point of view I would say, so long as they work properly.
The second problem is the well known 'psychological dependancy' that we see demonstrated all the time by car, van and HGV drivers driving far too close to vehicles in front in wet and dry conditions. Their ABS brakes will of course safely stop their vehicle within a few meters without locking up the brakes or skidding......won't they? Even if they do crash, their reinforced cages, air-bags etc will save them anyway, so why worry? The result is the multiple vehicle horror crashes we get every year on UK motorways. French drivers are the worst at tail-gating in my experience although better than those in the UK at most other driving skills. Then there are the Italians.....!
The psychological dependency argument has been used against all sorts of safety features though, the crash helmet law and the seat belt law to name but two. Very, very few people these days would maintain that those arguments have any merit at all and I have known two people who were killed in cars solely because they were not wearing seat belts.