Warning: Potentially offensive random rant! I'm sick of all the times I read magazine reporters etc talk about traction control/ABS and say something like, "... but the truth is, it does a better job stopping the bike than the best riders can." I was thinking about that after a minor bump last week in Bangkok on my ABS equipped bike. I was on a main thoroughfare with multiple lanes and packed with tons of other bikes and cars. We were doing about 40mph, had the right away and there were lots of small streets on the left (left side drive here) with cars waiting to merge onto our road. I had 2 motorcycles tight on either side of me (no, I don't like that but what to do in this city of 16 million) and a white SUV was waiting to pull out. She looked like she was going to go but then stopped and last minute she gunned it but it was too late then. The bike on my right just made it past her front bumper, the bike on my left hit her rear wheels and put it down. As soon as she gunned it my brakes were maxed. Her wheel was turned and I came to a stop lightly hitting her behind the front wheel inside the wheel well. From lots of experience I know I wouldn't have hit her on my KTM 690/KLX250 which don't have ABS. But with ABS I've had so many bad situations like that. I was trying to think what the difference was and realized despite it being on the road with either the KTM or KLX I would have dropped into an intentional rear wheel slide and turned whichever way was safer but with the nanny controls I can't do that. I'm a bottom line guy. The BS that ABS stops you faster is as stupid as when HID and LED lights first came out and 90% of the advertising including plugging the benefits of lifetime bulbs or 50,000 hour life time emitters vs halogen that constantly burn out. But of course when the rubber meets the road: LED emitters/HID do NOT last 50,000 hours. (I love Baja Designs spin - lifetime of 49,950 hours as they realize smart consumers won't easily believe the claim of 50,000 hours.) They are very fragile and break more often and are harder to fix when something happens. BUT their proponents then argue - well it wasn't the emitter... it was the driver, the ballast, the board or some other reason you are in the dark.