Agree it should not be mandated any more than a helmet should.
Also believe it's important to have, much like the helmet.
In 30+ years of riding and hundreds of thousands of miles, I've never actually used my helmet in a crash. (and I've crashed a dozen times and once at close to 100 mph) Just because I don't normally use it doesn't mean I'm not going to put it on.
I feel the same way about ABS. It's there if I need it. Much better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
Final thought.... I also agree with a previous post that it's a tool in the toolbox and not magic. Like most tools, you need to learn to use it. One should practice hard braking with ABS so they trust the system to actually work in an emergency. I've seen people crash with an ABS bike by trying to ride it out and trail brake so as to not lock the wheels rather than just grab the brakes hard and let ABS do it's thing. Talking to them afterwards about why they didn't just stand it up and brake harder, they said they just didn't think about it in the moment. Point being...ABS won't actually work better than conventional ones if you continue to threshold brake and never apply the brakes to the point where the wheel would lock up with conventional brakes.
In the case of a helmet, there is sufficient data to analyze and come to a factual conclusion that they reduce TBI and death, Not the case with ABS. In controlled environments we all see the benefits of ABS on motorcycles but there is a lack of real world data.
I was looking up ABS pro that I had seen in another post on this forum. In one article I was reading they explained it as ABS with TC, they said it would give riders more confidence to go into blind turns without regards to what was in them, a stalled vehicle, a downed tree, seriously?
That comment was typical of a lot of them I've heard on the topic of ABS. It saved my bacon when I was doing 120 and a deer ran out in front of me, or when I was towing a 600 pound trailer. I think a lot of people are encouraged to over ride their ability or the capacity of the bike because of it.
It reminds me of the Walker vs Porsche law suit. When the blame was on a 650 hp car not having sufficient safety features and not on the driver doing a 100+ in a residential zone. I always said the best safety feature anyone can have is an alert rider. Sure those things help but they can't overcome stupid.
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