they're both important, but i think my point is that from what i see most riders are not nearly as aware and cautious as the need to be, and therefore if i could to give them ABS or the type of extreme awareness i described, i feel caution would win out. The reason being that ABS is like the cure for the disease while caution is preventative medicine. In other words, If you can ride 10 years and avoid all but one situation thru extreme caution, and the rider with little of that with ABS has 20 situations, ABS is unlikely to save him in more than maybe 1/2 of those. But even if i'm wrong and it saves him in 17 of them, he has 3 incidents in which he may be critically injured or worse.
I see cautiousness as being more valuable because i didn't always ride like i do now, and i learned the hard way how often things can and will happen w/o extreme caution. ABS or not, if i hadn't changed my ways i know id have had some very bad moments since. But instead not one. You guys are right tho....they can be situations where ABS is your only defense. It's good to have both. But if i could only have one I'd choose extreme caution. By the way, the biggest thing is ride extremely slow and cautious when in city traffic and save the fun stuff for the rural area and roads where there are no driveways, lights, likely animals, etc. there are some here and there throughout the city where i will cut loose a bit. But man, i'm like a scared rabbit in the city.