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R1 abs? I really love the R1. It seems to be the perfect bike. Almost. One thing I hate is that the front brake really bites. More than once I ended up with the front wheel locked, and I just could save it somehow.

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A new US study has found that anti-skid brakes dramatically reduce the chances of a fatal bike crash.
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Anti-lock braking systems can reduce the likelihood of a fatal bike crash by 38 per cent, a new US study has found.
The study, by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, found that anti-lock brakes dramatically reduced the chances of overturning a bike and crashing.
A separate study, by the affiliated Highway Loss Data Institute, found that insurance claims dropped by 21 per cent for bikes fitted with the technology.
In a report on the study, the president of both organisations, Adrian Lund, says anti-lock brakes are life-savers.
“It’s a way to reduce the chances of overturning a bike and crashing, so it can save lives,” says Lund.
While the introduction of ABS on cars didn’t deliver any noticeable reductions in fatal car accidents, Lund says it’s clear that widespread adoption of the technology on bikes would have a much bigger effect.
“It isn’t surprising that anti-lock brakes are more beneficial on motorcycles than they are on cars because the two-wheelers are so much less stable and it’s this instability that leads to crashes,” he says.
The braking process on a bike is more difficult than a car because the front and rear wheels typically have separate braking systems. The front brakes are more effective for stopping fast, but hitting them too hard can make the front wheel lock up and pitch a rider off the bike.
Lund says that some bikers hold back on the brakes for fear of locking up, only to find they haven’t braked hard enough to avoid a collision.
ABS systems use sensors to adjust the brake pressure continuously, ensuring that the wheels never lock up and the rider can continue to steer in an emergency.
The HLDI study compared insurance losses for 12 brands of bike with and without anti-lock brakes, finding that insurance losses were 21 per cent lower and claim frequency was 19 per cent lower with ABS models.
The IIHS study studied eight brands and found there were 6.6 fatal accidents per 10,000 registered bikes without ABS and 4.1 accidents per 10,000 for bikes with ABS.
In a statement released to coincide with the study findings, local bike insurance specialist Swann Insurance says the studies support its call for more car-like safety items to be included on motorcycles.

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  • birilac Apr 07, 2009

    Following my last post you will note that many of the most superbikes (Honda, BMW etc) now have an option for ABS. ABS is even moving onto the track and will be available for most Superstock and Superbikes (and MotoGP) in 2010.



    Rest my case (ha ha)

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I believe you can also adjust the sensitivity of your front brakelever so its not so responsive

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Yes it's about technique, rather than grabbing the front brake try setting up first using the tips of your fingers (better control) then take the slack off lever and squeezing SLOWLY, as an intrstuctor this is what we teach beginners, and of course you must practise this technique, hope it helps.

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I don't think ABS is the answer. You could always upgrade your braking components, i.e. master cylinder, rotors, lines, etc. However i will default to technique any day. Even with the best components on a bike, it does not make a better rider. So I think improving technique and situational awareness is the biggest key. Good luck with your search!

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