Looking for an adventure bike, but do I want ABS?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Erant, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. James Adams

    James Adams Long timer

    May 29, 2006
    Besides on pavement, I've been very happy with the Stelvio's ABS on dirt and gravel roads, but the times that I've taken the Stelvio truly off-road (not that that's very smart in the first place, DAMHIK :evil), I've appreciated being able to easily turn off the ABS so as to be able to lock the tires unimpeded. I would say that this holds true for me also regarding my experience with the Stelvio's traction control system.

    But like some others have commented, the Wee (and most big ADV bikes, with the exception of the big KTM) isn't designed to handle the nasty stuff where ABS gets in the way.
  2. glasswave

    glasswave Been here awhile

    Feb 4, 2007
    Wasatch Mtns, UT
    I find the rear ABS very useful in emergency stops. The front not as much. The rear abs allows me to focus on maximising my front brake potential w/o trying to focus on the rear. When I practice emergency stops, my front may "click" just a time or three. I press the back and if it starts abs'ing, I don't really worry about it. If the front abs's, I ease off a tiny bit.

    Off road, for gravel at high speeds, it's very nice, you can give the front a few good squeezes to find out where your traction limit is and adjust your speed accordingly. When going down steep, steep inclines, it scares me, but you can always shut down the engine and use the clutch as your rear brake and waddle on down. :rofl