Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: near Augusta GA
In my experience, ABS has the edge, especially on wet pavement. It can keep you from accidentally locking up the rear brake, and gives you a better chance of stopping while still vertical. Does not do a lot on dirt or loose gravel. If I could chose exactly one option on a bike from now on, it will be ABS brakes. I have ridden a lot of years without them, and some older bikes with only a rear wheel brake, and now one equipped with ABS. ABS does not cure stupid driving, but it will help you on panic stops, stops on wet or flooded pavement and even for that, is, in my opinion, sufficient to add ABS to the top of your list. Louder pipes, comfy seats, radios and SIRIUS are great, but stopping your bike under bad conditions is perhaps more important to me.