Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: On the dry side of the Great PNW
Three of my bike have ABS (all BMW's). I 'used' it once on one of the GS's, car at the head of the line (I was the fourth one back) hit a deer that had just jumped over the guardrail. Dark, damp, bike slowed with no skidding and I managed to swerve around the flailing doe (and broken Neon parts) instead of hitting her in the belly. i do know that based on panic braking (out on a deserted road practicing) the rear tire would have let loose on the Rebel.
The down side of it is the maintenance. It sucks. Doing a brake bleed on an ABS system is one of the most time consuming and tedious jobs. I don't know how Honda will set their system up on this bike, but I just don't see spending the extra $$ for it.
Having ABS on my car is a wonderful thing, especially when I'm on compacted snow/ice or slush. Kind of fun in the winter to start down my driveway, get up to about 15 mph and hit the brakes. Depending on how slick the snow is, the car will either track straight and stop, or start sliding sideways. If I slide, i may consider going out and tossing some dirt onto the snow/ice.
Just the Hondas....
pair of 2005 Rebels, pair of NT700V's, CBR250R, CRF230L, CB500X, NC700X, Shadow Aero