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Re: ABS (test report link)
- Subject: Re: ABS (test report link)
- From: Tpcutter@xxxxxxx
- Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 11:27:05 EST
In a message dated 11/11/05 10:36:33 AM Eastern Standard Time,
Hi Tom, Steve,
Here's one such test from Mike Kneebone (LDRider / IBA ) that I had stumbled
across when making the ABS or not decision a few years back for my previous
Thanks for that link. Somebody else posted it yesterday, and I read the
whole test. While I might argue that their test was very subjective, and used a
very small data sample, it IS a test.
Personally, I like ABS on my streetbike, because sometimes I find myself
"spacing out" for a second, and in that situation, the ABS could save my bacon.
It has already saved me in one very unusual circumstance, where there was a
downed tree across the road, and I could not see the tree due to very heavy
rain and no light. When lightning illuminated the tree, which seemed to be only
a few feet in front of my head, I mashed the brakes and came to a stop so
close that I could touch the tree. The ground was littered with pieces of
splintered wet wood, from the tree branches, and I could hardly stand it was so
slippery. But the ABS stopped the bike, upright, and I was able to maneuver
around the tree before the next car along hit the tree and crashed.
On the track, I disable the ABS, because it makes it difficult to slide the
rear of the bike to set up turns. I have since stopped riding my BMW on the
track anyway, so it is no longer an issue there.