Originally Posted by Nevada
How important is it to be able to switch off the ABS for a rider that ISN'T imagining himself to be participating in the Dakar?
Depends on the off-road. For very steep downhills, I would want ABS off. Not much use for it in deep sand or mud either. But if itīs any sort of level route, and youīre not the kinda guy, who wants to lock the back wheel to aid turning, then by all means it could stay on. (And some ABS systems work better off-road than others, so there is no one definite answer to this).
You can pull the ABS fuse off on any bike, and have normal brakes. But donīt leave it this way, because after a few months, the ABS hydraulic motor could get jammed, if it does not get any exercise.