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post #1 of 5 Old 05-24-2016, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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MO Tested: Cornering ABS



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If your occupation is testing motorcycles there’s a certain measure of accepted risk that comes with the job. When cornering ABS (C-ABS) arrived a couple years ago, the general consensus among the motojournos was, Hey that’s awesome, we’ll take your word for it working as described, because no matter how professional we try to be, grabbing a fistful of front brake mid-corner to evaluate this new technology is a line few were willing to cross. Just thinking of the action conjures images of impacting asphalt at a rate approaching lightspeed.

Attending the International Driver & Rider Training Symposium provided Kevin Duke and I the opportunity to safely explore C-ABS and all the mid-corner braking performance the technology promises to deliver. The result? Confirmation that we were not being lied to, and an elevated respect for the engineers and test riders who perfect this technology prior to making it available to OEMs for inclusion on the latest and greatest two-wheelers.

With a KTM 1190 Adventure outfitted with Cedergrens’ Skidbike contraption, Duke and I set to the task of crashing. Repeatedly, we failed. Grabbing a fistful of brakes while leaned over with the C-ABS functioning resulted with a rapidly decelerating motorcycle, and – once the initial I-shouldn’t-be-doing-this gag reflex was muted – no drama. Switching off C-ABS and replicating the act resulted as you’d expect, with the front wheel washing away, but minus the crash due to Skidbike’s outriggers catching our falls.
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While yes, it's awesome how the technology works and better for safety and blah blah blah blah...i still hate it. i don't want a bike with ABS/C-ABS, TC etc. one more step to auto pilot. hey you don't need braking skills just hammer it closed and let the bike stop for you. hey you don't need throttle control just hammer the throttle and the bike will keep you from crashing. more and more things come out that make us do less and less and i dislike it
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While yes, it's awesome how the technology works and better for safety and blah blah blah blah...i still hate it. i don't want a bike with ABS/C-ABS, TC etc. one more step to auto pilot. hey you don't need braking skills just hammer it closed and let the bike stop for you. hey you don't need throttle control just hammer the throttle and the bike will keep you from crashing. more and more things come out that make us do less and less and i dislike it

Absolutely I learned how to assess surface conditions and traction they have (and it varies)...

I don't want any so called assistance from a program or device..

I know more than that device, and I can see ahead to know what I'm going to NEED to be doing as well... Nothing is a fixed plan...

Things on the road aren't consistent ..

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I don't need it. If I fail a decreasing radius it's because I didn't know it was there. ABS fails for me, too. What I need is a soft tire that will last me 20k miles or more. End of story.
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Never really cared for ABS on a bike. Specifically looked for the non-ABS '16. And it was $1k cheaper.
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