ABS coming to motorcycle near you soon!

I know there’s a big debate on whether ABS makes a motorcycle any safer to operate. I know I could operate my motorcycle without ABS safely. I understand the concept if the tires aren’t rolling during braking, I’m relying on a small patch of rubber to stop me. I hear a lot of people say “you really don’t need that extra crap on your motorcycle.” I’m sure the manufacturers don’t like the idea of adding an extra cost to their motorcycles. So the debate rages on yay or nay.

I’m going to go with yes for a whole other reason. There are a lot of people on motorcycles now who didn’t go through the same motorcycle apprenticeship that I did. What do I mean by motorcycle apprenticeship? Let’s run down memory lane here. The first motorcycle derivative I rode was a Briggs & Stratton power mini-bike, somewhere around 3 ½ horse power. It had a friction clutch, rear drum brake, no suspension and no gears. I rode that baby for about four years destroying the backyard.

Next on the docket was Honda Mini Trail 50 with a three speed gearbox. I drove that sucker like I stole it for the next two years. Then things got a little serious! I got a Honda XR 75 and drove it around in the dirt against others like a madman. Driving like a madman paid off. I then drove a Honda Elsinore 125 cc against my colleagues in the dirt. I finally hit the big time when my parents equipped me with a Honda Elsinore 250 cc. By the time I got my official Illinois motorcycle driver’s license I had approximately 8 years of experience on motorized two wheel vehicles.

Okay, back on track! What really scares me are people going through a 20 hour motorcycle safety class and getting an official Illinois motorcycle driver’s license. Fifteen of the 20 hours are the actual time spent operating a motorcycle to meet the licensing requirement. So a motorcycle noob drives a motorcycle around in a parking lot for 15 hours and is ready for the big time? I know what you’re thinking, people learn faster nowadays than they used to. They’ve got Google, iPads, online learning and so forth.

Riding a motorcycle safely is all about decision-making. Decision-making is all about recalling relevant events contained in memory to solve problems. I’m a firm believer that 15 hours of driving around in a parking lot leaves a person on the low-end of the effective decision-making spectrum.

The EU has done some studies showing that ABS reduces motorcycle fatalities. They’re suggesting that motorcycles 125cc and above with ABS could save approximately 5,000 lives. These 5,000 lives would be saved between 2014 and 2020 per the study. The EU is currently working on legislation to mandate ABS on motorcycles 125cc and above. I think it’s time for the manufacturers to look at the studies and realize that equipping their motorcycles with ABS will produce a lot more potential live customers.

7 thoughts on “ABS coming to motorcycle near you soon!”

  1. I also bought a2014 road king. You should read the 7 page article that salt lake harley davidson wrote on their 2014 road king test bike. I did a stage one, copying what they recommended and turned this into the greatest bike I ever owned. The neutral issue is part clutch adjustment and part transmission design. Baker drivetrain makes a smooth shift kit for this tranny that will totally fix the neutral issue.They also make a reverse gear and will install both if you send them your gear set from your bike.I tell you this because you live where there is no riding in the winter and lay your bike up. I want to do this but I get to ride all winter in california and only have one bike. Also this is pricey. Just food for thought, a big fan of your videos. Thanks for all the great emtertainment.

    1. Thanks for watching, reading, commenting and your kind words. Yep, I love my Road King too. I’ll have the dealer look at it. Reverse gear? Will check that out.

  2. I’ve seen many crashes by inexperienced riders who thought they were God after keeping it stable under perfect conditions. It’s all about how you handle the unexpected that determines how good you are…!

  3. I understand what you mean about having the experience but you can’t really blame the noob for wanting to ride the streets with the more experienced riders. Afterall, Harley Davidson is pumping out those new riders (more than any other motorcycle dealer that I know of) through their Riders Edge Course which I am very happy to say I’m one of those noobs. I think their course is great because even if you don’t decide to ride it brings awareness to those people driving cars to be more aware of motorcyclist. I wish I had your experience but I don’t but consider myself a safe rider, well as safe as I can be. I could write a lot more but I won’t.
    So, keep up the good work. I enjoy all you do here.

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting. I’m not blaming HD, noobs or anyone else. I’d just like to see those riding courses have longer duration. Be safe on your motorcycle journey!If you have chance, check out my You Tube channel “coolcycledude”

  4. I got my first ABS motorcycle in 2008. I used ABS once and was amazed at the control I still had. That motorcycle also had servo assisted (power) brakes too. You do need to practice with your ABS too as it’s a different experience than in a car.

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