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Old 03-31-2010, 05:08 PM   #6
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Absolutely you should use and get to know your ABS. It works great but has limitations.

The limitations are while turning or on extremely slick surfaces such as wet ice.

Also, if you don't use it, you will loose it. Brake fluid absorbs water and forms acids. Over time these acids cause corosion to build up in the abs pump and valves, occasional activation of the abs system clears these deposits and keeps it working. If you go years without using abs, it won't work the first time you need it.

P.S. I activate abs at least 10 times a day every day because I ride hard and like to. I use it over bumps, on ice, snow, wet pavement, and sometimes while turning. The only time ABS may cause loss of control is during turns or on slick ice. I have never ever needed to reapply it to increase braking.

Where ABS is NOT ideal for stopping is on loose surfaces where the quickest stop can be achieved by locking up both wheels and mounding the loose surface up in front of both wheels, gravel is the best example of this.
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