7 comments to “Gridlock on Anti-Lock Brakes Baffles Motorcycle Safety Advocates”

  1. cw

    correct link for “Is ABS Worth the Extra 600 Bucks?”


  2. cw

    @ Max Frisson

    As you describe it, your assertion about turning on an ABS would only apply to BMWs or others that use a similar system. Combined braking is not integral to ABS braking.

  3. Is ABS Worth an Extra 600 Bucks? – Move Ten Manual Shift

    […] So, yes, I would definitely spring for ABS whether you ride in the wet or not. In Europe it’s been mandatory on all bikes over 125cc since 2016. As to whether the Land of the Free will follow suit, who knows? But there’s an interesting piece here at Fairwarning.com. […]

  4. Max Frisson

    As the authors of this article are clearly not riders, let me tell you that an ABS equipped motorcycle can’t be turned as tightly at street level speeds as the non-ABS unit. A BMW R1200RT-P [law enforcement special] will apply brakes when you use trailing brake technique to increase turn in at speed and the ABS pulsates. To overcome this you remove a fuse under the seat to disable the rear ABS and that allows better use of the rear brake. Reduces the turning radius by quite a bit.

    BMW Motorcycles, like the S1000RR and the GS/GSA models, have switchable ABS. You can turn it OFF. No one wants ABS on track days or off-road.

    Only someone who has no idea about day to day motorcycling would declare a need for mandatory ABS. All the big touring bikes have it, they are always on the pavement and it benefits them.

  5. Louis V. Lombardo

    Thanks for this excellent article. For more evidence that NHTSA has been a captive agency for many years now see:

  6. ben kelley

    Unhappily for public health and safety, NHTSA has essentially abrogated its duty to mandate vehicle features that reduce crashes, deaths and injuries, leaving it to manufacturers either to offer such features as high-priced options or to withhold them entirely. This is just one more disturbing example of the auto safety deregulatory trend that began when NHTSA moved a few years ago to start replacing mandated vehicle safety with voluntary manufacturer “agreements,” which are non-binding and can be revoked by the manufacturers at any time. The trend will mean unnecessary loss of life and limb for motorists, including motorcyclists, for years to come, placing a burden of pain and grief on them and their loved ones, and new burdens on the medical care system and its costs. Safety advocates had hoped the trend could be reversed under the Obama administration or its successor, but in light of the Trump administration’s avowedly antiregulatory approach, that’s now highly unlikely. This trend will simply add to the awful consequences of savaging Obamacare, a current work-in-progress in the deeply dysfunctional Congress.

  7. Matthew Mabey

    A graph comparing the rate of market penetration (and fleet composition) of ABS on cars to the rate of market penetration (and fleet composition) of ABS on motorcycles would be very interesting and illuminating to this topic. There are still plenty of cars on the road today that don’t have ABS (I sold one I owned less than a year ago and I have no doubt it is still on the road today). If we are on a trajectory to get significant market penetration for motorcycles without a regulation, isn’t that a win-win?
    I’d also like to know about motorcycle ABS availability from the Japanese motorcycle manufacturers. On what fraction of their models is it standard, on what fraction is it optional, and on what fraction is it not available?

Leave a comment