Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Northern Indiana
In a "panic situation" that a rider just stabs the brake as hard as they can, ABS certainly is helpful. One can certainly stop as quickly with a non-abs equipped bike with practice. Many times during the riding season I practice performing high effort stops with the hope that should the situation arise, training will kick in. (The concept of training so things become first nature is well founded and works well in many cases.)
ABS is now standard on most new vehicles and at some point that should migrate down to motorcycles. The current price point of getting an ABS equipped motorcycle is still too high for many buyers. If it was a $300 option many more would likely opt for it. In the case of the Gold Wing, you have to jump up to a level 3 and spend an additional $4280 to get ABS. That's ridiculous.
Previous Honda's Include:
1998 Honda Valkyrie Tourer
2001 Honda Valkyrie Interstate
2013 Honda F6B
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