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Old 06-01-2008, 07:56 PM   #1
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vstrom ABS in the dirt

everyone seems to love the strom ABS. anyone tell me how it works in the dirt? gravel, logging roads, loose terrain basically. does it act all scaredy-cat in loose stuff like 4x4ing in an ABS truck?

ive never ridden an ABS bike so i have nothing to compare or contribute with bikes.

Hmmmm?
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Old 06-01-2008, 08:15 PM   #2
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abs in dirt or loose gravel is not good, many people have modded it so a switch can turn it off when called for.
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Old 06-02-2008, 08:14 AM   #3
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Slinger I've got one and I've even wired up an on/off switch for mine, but lately I've been leaving the abs on when riding some gravel roads. I've had ZERO issues to date. If it was muddy or extremely loose I could see an advantage, but for just general riding you should be just fine. It's all about traction management.
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Old 06-02-2008, 05:38 PM   #4
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yeah, i always attribute most things to the rider/drivers ability. but, i HAVE been in situations in the dirt with a ABS truck where i WISH i would have had standard brakes - damn thing just wouldnt stop.

i was just curious - i see everyone screaming about the ABS strom and was wondering how many of those use them in the dirt, and how many of THOSE have rigged up switches.

personally, ill just stick to my nonABS bikes. maybe some day ill look into it.
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:52 PM   #5
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I've tested it a little bit on gravel, and a LOT on pavement.

What I've found on gravel is the ABS fires off the rear brake, meaning you don't get much stopping power.

This can freak you out if you haven't ridden much dirt- yes, it is okay to use the front brake if you use it properly.
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