Nothing against ABS, and i would never tell anyone they aren't worth it. But having started in '69 on a honda 160 and had my share of stupid mishaps as a kid and young adult, I have a extreme awareness of what causes bike accidents and here is what i think about ABS. the vast majority of situations where ABS would save you are situations that you could have avoided if you ride with EXTREME caution and awareness of what can happen ahead of you. ABS will mot help you is someone sideswipes you on the freeway, if someone comes into your lane head on, if someone rear ends you, etc etc. It only helps if someone in front of you appears. And thats pretty much ALWAYS avoidable if you are always ready for it and do a few simple tactics. As an example, when i approach a car waiting to pull out of a side street, driveway, or waiting to turn left in the oncoming lane, i slow down to a degree that if they DO pull in front of me i can stop. This involves slowing quite a bit AND being aware of the car in back of you. I never once have seen anyone else do that, but i do because it is almost if not 100% effective in avoiding those situations where ABS would be needed.
My point is that ABS situations, which are all cars pulling in front of you, are avoidable via extreme awareness and complete and constant vigilance as you ride. The only flaw in that, which will lessen it's effect to below the safety factor of ABS, is if you DON'T stay aware. It DOES take time to get good at it and always remeber to do so. On the other hand it has the advantage over ABS of being almost foolproof which ABS isn't. It's only good assuming you are within a workable distance of the jackass who pulls in front of you. Awareness puts you in a place where ABS or not you can stop. But again, you have to be aware ALL THE TIME. Took me a while to develop the ability to be always aware. fear was a big help ! But i can recall at least 2 or 3 times just since i have had the Tbird that slowing way down when a car that could pull out in front of me did, and it allowed me to stop no problem when i doubt even ABS would have. I truly believe most riders are not aware enough just from observation. Many if not most ARE aware, just not to a fanatical degree, and thats what it takes.