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AFAIK I couldn't turn the ABS off on the cars I've had that had it. Maybe I can turn it off on the Land Rover, if only for use off road; not sure. I couldn't turn it off on the Dyna or the Sportster, but I can turn it off (back wheel only) on the trail bike (CRF250L).
When Chevrolet came out with the 2010 Camaro, the owner's manual had a section on turning off the ABS for off highway racing. Well, we started trying the same procedures on Impalas, pickups and SUVs and found that it works on them, too. We also found that a lot of the mid-90's SUV's with all wheel drive could be turned off too, due to traction problems in the snow. Going up a snowy street with ABS was almost impossible unless it was turned off. Seems the traction control and the ABS were interconnected.
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Yea Im not sure about ABS..

Its a system that works, but I think it will give riders too much confidence and become worse riders over time.... Like its idiocracy happening to the world of motorcycles.

Pretty soon shifting will become too much of a hassle or deemed not safe and then we will lose that..

Theres no point in riding a motorcycle if you dont have these areas where human control is a part of the experience.

How can you ever develop trust in your abilities when you have all these buffers and helpers?

ABS will not save you over an oil spill or a bunch of dirt in a hairpin.

Knowing Harley, their ABS system will be terrible for the next 20-30 years before they catch up with the times.
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ABS on HD XLs is a decent simple one...
Personally i rode like her hadn't it...
when it intervenes (because you feel it)... that mean you had done something wrong... and it is trying to fix...

Useful on wet, cobblestone etc. etc.
ice is a bitch even for ABS equipped bikes
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ABS on HD XLs is a decent simple one...
Personally i rode like her hadn't it...
when it intervenes (because you feel it)... that mean you had done something wrong... and it is trying to fix...

Useful on wet, cobblestone etc. etc.
ice is a bitch even for ABS equipped bikes


Couldn't agree more.
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I found the ABS & brakes pretty good on my 883R. Having ridden BSA & Triumph 500 & 650 twins with single leading shoe drum brakes, ( a half width single leading shoe drum brake on the 54 Triumph T110!) & early Japanese single piston stainless discs on my Honda 500/4 & Japanese 2 strokes in the wet they were a huge improvement. There's also a lot of engine braking from a big V twin engine.
Also remeber a scary ride in a Plymouth Roadrunner, a 383 V8 engined beast of a car with drum brakes & no servo!
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