Hi everybody, long time lurker here, first time poster. From the AMA press release last week it looks like an ABS mandate is likely coming whether we like it or not. I would like to get this group’s thoughts on it. I understand that this can be a very polarizing subject when the government gets involved on limiting freedom of choice and I also respect the flip side of the coin on requiring features that can save lives. Personally, I would like to have a choice on weather a bike had ABS or not but that ship may have sailed based on the direction of the rest of the world is taking. Some of my bike would definitely have it, others wouldn’t have it. Here is the Australian mandate model. I believe that this is the same for Europe and the US would likely follow this model. · All new motorcycle models sold in Australia from 2019 must have ABS. · All previous generation motorcycles sold in Australia must have ABS by 2021. · This means popular machines like DR650 must have ABS by 2021 or be phased out. · Enduro and Trials Motorcycles are exempted. · Trailbikes with a 21″ front and designed primarily for off-road use and with no pillion capability are also exempted. · Adventure Motorcycles can have switchable ABS but it must default to on. · There is no pending legislation for mandatory traction control. · There are no requirements for retro-fitment of ABS to secondhand motorcycles. As someone who rides many different types bikes and various terrains I find some of this scary. If we have to have a mandate shouldn’t we work towards a structure that fits everyone’s needs and not let the government dictate what is best for us? The issues that I see with the above from AU are: Why can’t all motorcycles have switchable ABS? Why must it default to on for ADV bikes? Does the cost and complexity of an ABS system really make sense on a lightweight 125 or 250cc bike? My current “go to” bike is 2011 GS. I like the ABS system, sort of. I think it is great on the street, in the rain on the street it’s awesome. But there are also many conditions where it is dangerous, poor pavement or dirt roads, fire roads, and single track. I absolutely hate (and have had a few resulting get offs) that it defaults to on every time the key is switched off. Just the other day I did long, steep, climb up a loose gravel hill. At the top I decided to take a photo and took the key out to get my camera out of the side case. Jumped back on the bike and forgot that the ABS had shut itself off again. It was a pretty scary ride down since I couldn’t even get the bike stopped to be able to shut the ABS down again. I realize that this was completely my fault for forgetting to turn the ABS off again but still it can create some pretty dangerous situations. Having a system that was able to be disabled “on the fly” and / or remain on the setting that it was last used on would be a good compromise in my opinion, but I’m sure this may not meet everyone’s needs. What would be the down side of this? My hopes would be that if we, the people that would be most affected by a mandate, could agree on what the contents of said ABS mandate should contain then maybe our united voice could help dictate any proposed legislation. This is a large group that can have a loud voice. My fear is that if we, as motorcyclists, cannot agree on some compromises and leave it up to the bureaucrats we will end up with legislation that hurts rather than helps motorcycling as a whole. I look forward to any thoughts!