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post #1 of 18 Old 01-04-2017, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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Traction control without ABS question

So my dealer has a 2015 ZX-10R Anniversary edition on offer for 11250. Has traction control but not ABS. But doesn't traction control function a bit like ABS, in that if you brake hard the traction control will kick in and slow the wheel? Or does it not work like that?

The lack of ABS is holding me back from buying the bike because apparently you cannot retrofit the ABS. So its either this or a more expensive model, which is not really an option given my trade-in value on my BMW (which does have ABS).
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post #2 of 18 Old 01-04-2017, 06:04 PM
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All good and abs is not needed. Traction control really not needed either on this bike; only time I've been able to get it to engage is when I was testing it. No problem and good price.
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Traction control kicks in on acceleration. It will cut engine power if you give it too much throttle for the conditions and limit wheel spin. ABS kicks in on braking and will release the brakes if you brake too hard causing the wheel to slip. Neither is 100% and you can still crash of course. I have 2 ZX10s (a '14 and a '16). One has ABS (the new one) and one doesn't. I personally wish that both of my bikes didn't have ABS, but for normal street riding ABS is actually a great safety feature for most people.
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Yeah, doesnt work like youre thinking. If you track the bike youll be wishing you didnt have abs anyway.
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ABS is an easy decision (despite the cost) when there are idiots out there cutting us off in their killer cars.

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you dont need ABS....... wait its raining, dirt on the road.... holy shit I need it now...
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ABS is a worthwhile addition when finding yourself in "fight or flight" split-second decision making scenarios. I've personally witnessed a distracted sportbike rider (~05 gsxr 750) endo himslef and the bike when slamming on the front due to lack of attention & keeping proper distance between himself and the killer cars porschenut mentioned.

Riding any motorcycle takes a huge amount of wherewithal and constant scanning for threats. Everytime I hop on my bike, I mentally prepare myself for the journey. In a way, its a job -- and why I enjoy it so much. It is a challenge, an adventure and the right balance of risk/reward to keep it interesting ; )

Whether ABS is worth it depends on the type of rider you are. If youre the type that is easily distracted, has a hard time distinguishing from weather conditions/ice/moisture/grit on the road, knowing proper following distances, understanding the lean angle & traction relationship or the million other variables that come into keeping you alive than ABS might be beneficial to you.

I've tried to adopt certain behaviors to allow more time to react to any given situation. One of them being, riding with my right finger resting on the front break lever. It allows more time to react while also ensuring I don't mash the brakes if my "fight or flight" survival instincts kick in.

IHMO I think ABS has little usefullness on sportbikes. Harleys, Gold Wings and other big bikes benefit more from it. Like others have stated, track bikes gain nothing from ABS, rather they take away lever feel, feedback and even extend braking distances. ABS wins for new riders, distracted riders and extreme weather conditions. Really it comes down to knowing your capabilities as a rider. Just thought I'd share my feelings. Best of luck!

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When I rode my 16 zx10 with abs for the first and only time I grabbed a good handful of front break a few times just to see how the new setup felt. I completely forgot the bike had abs and it didn't kick in. I'm sure I could've gotten it to come on but I'd be doing some fairly stupid shit on the streets to find out. Riding fairly normal and not threshold breaking you won't know it's there.

I have the full setup now laying on my bench after I removed it which really wasn't that hard.
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Oh, and the rear end WILL come up off the ground on the '16 even with ABS. I do it regularly. It also tells you that right in the owners manual. I'm not 100% it will prevent you from flipping over the front, I don't actually want to take it that far to find out. However, I have had it kick in when attempting a stoppie on slick pavement. When the wheel starts to slide it kicks in but apparently there isn't enough of a wheel speed difference on dry pavement when doing stoppies. It lets me bring the rear up at least a foot without kicking in. I've never had it up much higher than that but I would be interested to hear from any stunters if it will let you get all the way up on the front without it kicking in.
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My experience....
I have seen a gen4 go very very hi on a emergency stop, so hi that the bike fell on the side.
My gen4 the abs, when riding very hard (hot tires) does not kick in, but if cold and you bang the brakes they intervene. If the tire is a sport turing tire it kicks in way more than a 021.

Have I felt that the abs makes the distance is increased riding hard and dry, never, it gives me more confidence, since I know Im not riding on Mugelo.

I ride in all conditions, I prefer ABS
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