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post #29 of (permalink) Old 11-21-2011, 10:55 PM
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Originally Posted by markg2010 View Post
Looking to trade my speedmaster for a new thunderbird at some point in time. I have never had a bike with ABS before and would like to hear what everyone has to say about this in general and about Triumphs' ABS system. I know some things are personal choice but would like any input to help me decide which way to go. Thanks for any input. Mark
Before I bought my SE a number of folks said that ABS was a good idea. i had already put it on my wishlist of whatever I was going to get. Either way depending on the out the door price of the bike, I figured I'd be okay.

When I selected the SE as my new ride, I was happy that the ABS was part of the package. I'm cruising along at 50 MPH when Dufus pulls out in front of me I'm looking at a 4 ft deep ditch or high siding the bike or slamming into Dipstick's black Mazda. I hit the rear brake harder than I intended. The result was dropping from 50 to 5 in 50 to 60 ft. My 'Bird ran straight and true to the edge of the roadway at the shoulder. I ended up 3-4 ft behind Dimwit's rear bumper at the closest point when I could downshift to first gear, (AND my butt cheeks could let go of the seat ).

I'll never own another street bike that doesn't have ABS.

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