Actually Larry, I must disagree with you. If you look at the topic of this thread in the attached article it states "Safety advocates baffled that no agreement can be reached on mandatory motorcycle ABS in the U.S."
I don't think anyone is necessarily saying ABS isn't any good, they are just saying they want to be able to make the choice as to if this is going to be on their motorcycle rather than having it forced upon them.
Larry's post #61 is the most intelligent reality based post in this thread. It's not a matter of "freedom of choice". It's already beyond that....Not unlike technological progression from points to electronic ignition or carbs to injectors. The actual point of the information referenced in the OP is that the "motorcycle ABS" issue has become politicized into a 'freedom of choice" issue rather than being dealt with by establishing standards that benefit consumers and drive new and competitive technology into an industry that is lobbying politicians to not make them change.
Here is a perfect example of how we're getting our butts kicked by arguing that regulations are bad and increasingly trying to reduce everything to a freedom of choice argument....example...over a decade ago, EU motorcycle manufacturers and their governments created regulations to MANDATE new and future standards for motorcycle weights, fuel efficiency, clutch noise and efficiency, Oil emissions and oil service life, exhaust noise, emissions, tire noise, braking standards including wheel slippage, etc, etc, etc. WHY? They did this in order to drive new technology into motorcycles with the goal of of stagnating as many non-EU manufacturers as possible. It's working, they are building bikes two or three engineering generations ahead of other world manufacturers...including many of the Japanese big 4.
For all you "freedom of choice ideologs", your freedom of choice is: If you don't like something, don't buy it. Expecting manufacturers to still build and offer you a bike with separate sumps, carbs, cable operated throttle, no ABS, or whatever you don't want or think you should have pay for is just plain ignorance of free market capitalism and it's forces of competition, consumer demand, and production economy-of-scale.
There are always choices. Build your own, buy a used Wing or HD from their ever increasing used market supply, keep electing corporate protectionists and believing they will look out for you and "Merica's" best interest, do nothing, or just keep believing that your God given American freedom of choice is being taken from you. lol