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Old 04-01-2010, 05:00 AM   #16
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If anyone knows where to access this or any video on the ABS please post a link. I'll be trying this out by myself and would like to know what I'm getting into beforehand.

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I found this video of the F800 on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t6F2nacnjM

Looks pretty smooth for overall stopping.

Here's a Honda video with ABS vs No ABS. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zv3Sacl7JQ&NR=1



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Old 04-01-2010, 05:11 AM   #17
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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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Yeah... what you said.... I had to hop off a mountain road on to gravel/dirt shoulder a while back to avoid a run-away truck. My ABS kicked in big time and I was wishing like crazy that I could lock up the wheels and slide to a quick stop before I ran out of shoulder. Indeed that is the only down-side I have found.

Thanks for the comment on "exercising" the ABS, I don't have any trouble exercising mine either but I'm now thinking that I should probably "exercise" them just before my annual brake fluid flush just to be sure the flush has the maximum effectivness eh?
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Old 04-01-2010, 06:31 AM   #18
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On my 1st ride on the 800, I discovered a stop sign had been added to an intersection that didn't have one the last time I went thru. As I panice stop both brakes, I was surprised by the feedback from the rear ABS. I guess it's good that it lets you know the ABS is engaged but it can be startling when you're not ready. Definately do some practice stops to get the feel.
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Old 04-01-2010, 08:33 AM   #19
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So here is my question...
When the ABS is on are you all hitting the rear brake at all? And should you? It seems like when I have the ABS on the the rear brake seems soft(from the foot lever). When I switch the ABS off and hit the rear brake it locks right up. Does this seem right? This was the first time I had experienced ABS and was not sure how it should feel.
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Old 04-01-2010, 09:49 AM   #20
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Here's a video of the big GS stopping in dirt with and without ABS.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JhenlQlWuA
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Old 04-01-2010, 10:31 AM   #21
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I activate my abs a couple times on my f800 every time I ride. It doesn't bother me but I have the distinct impression that it activates way before loss of traction. I have spent a lot of time practicing panic braking on my honda rebel, and I take it to the point where the tires actually start to slide. I always get the sense that the ABS on the 800 kicks in WAY before it needs to. But it is just a feeling and I could be wrong.
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Old 04-01-2010, 01:05 PM   #22
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I also think the ABS engages a little quickly for my liking. I'd prefer a bit more slip before it takes over. You can really feel this on dirt, as it can be hard to load the front suspension before the anti-lock activates and prevents that extra braking the loading provides.
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Old 04-01-2010, 03:12 PM   #23
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First of all: ABS is not good on dirt. It will make your braking less controlled and give you much longer distance to standstill.

Second: You don't want the tires to slide at all as the friction is much higher if it doesn't slide at all. There is a threshold in friction, when this breaks you get much less power transferred to the street. "Stiction" is much better in a braking situation than glide friction.
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Old 04-01-2010, 06:15 PM   #24
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Won't get to try out the ABS until next week. My bike won't start and it's been hauled 3 hours south to the nearest dealer. Am watching all the ABS videos I can find though. Thanks for the links.

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Old 04-02-2010, 06:51 AM   #25
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I think that the F800 ABS system is based in part on differential in speeds of the front and rear wheel. Often this can indicate that one or the other is locked, but I get front brake ABS kicking in when slowing on pot-holed roads in Baltimore. If the rear wheel does any sort of bounce, it runs fast relative to the front and "whirr!"

On gravel roads I always turn it off since I know that a bit of slip and skip is part of the bargain.

Regardless of the sense of early or awkward ABS engagement, I have been very happy to have it the few times on the road when I had to brake hard under suboptimal circumstances.

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Old 04-03-2010, 08:41 AM   #26
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It took me a while to remember I have ABS (F650gs twin) never having ridden a bike with ABS. I have always ridden dual purposes bikes with knobs, and braking is a totally different experience.

Does the ABS kick in too fast, yes, it works immediately, it is supposed to. Do I expect “a slide”, yes, it is not supposed to. It took a few days to get used to the “tack, tack, tack, tack” of the ABS, especially on the rear brake, that one definitely kicks in hard. I have other bikes without ABS, and now it is the opposite, I have to remember I do not have ABS on my Yamaha, and when I forget? Sillliiddeeeeeeeeee !

I also have to remember to turn the ABS off in gravel (always forget), sand, mud, anything off road, or it does the complete opposite of what it’s supposed to do.

Personal feeling? I like the ABS feature, but it’s making me very lazy. I mean, can you imagine a bike that will not slide from under you in slippery wet roads? We drive on cement roads, and when it rains we get a thin film of salt that feels like ice. Everyone I know either parks their bike when it rains, or is superparanoid while driving (and they should be) I, on the other hand can brake, and will not slide, pretty neat feature……

The purists will of course say that one needs to know how to brake in all conditions, and I totally agree with that. ABS is taking a lot out of riding skills. I cannot imagine experiencing the opposite, of going from an ABS environment to a bike without ABS for the first time, I would have killed myself!

This video shows the differences, of course the rider without ABS is exaggerating (I hope) and just cranked on his brakes without a proper “panic stop” on wet roads….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zv3Sacl7JQ
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Old 04-03-2010, 10:37 AM   #27
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Does anybody know if the ABS will still work well if you change the volume in the brake system, i.e. by putting on a 4 piston caliper with matching MC on a F650GS?
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Old 04-05-2010, 05:04 AM   #28
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I think that the F800 ABS system is based in part on differential in speeds of the front and rear wheel.
That's exactly how it works, which is why the manual cautions that wheelies and stoppies will cause the ABS to fail (!).

There's scope for the system to allow some slip between the front and rear - I believe the 800's "dirty" calibration allows a lot more difference between the two than does, say, the big 1200RTs which want both wheels as close as possible while still allowing you to steer.

Lukas M, that should answer your question - yes, the ABS will still work. However, it's possible the ABS pump might not have the pressure to modulate a larger caliper - not sure here, I'd seek professional (not internet) advice.
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Old 04-05-2010, 01:38 PM   #29
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I don't like it!

ABS doesn't process well irregular surfaces, once i was doing a large fast turn, and found an accident with two stoped cars almost bloking the road, the tarmac was in bad shape and the ABS wouldn't let me brake, i was lucky i had enough distance to brake.

It hapen's all the time on bumpy roads, even in light braking i feel it working when it clearly shouldn't. Way to soon
I even tested braking at the same speed on some roads on the same place, and i can brake MUCH harder with no traction loss without ABS.
I'm much hapier and relaxed when i have the ABS off.

I'm amazed to see people here who even consider braking using ABS while offroading, specialy downhill!

How i wish i hadn't bought ABS for this bike....

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Old 04-05-2010, 02:26 PM   #30
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I don't like it!

ABS doesn't process well irregular surfaces, once i was doing a large fast turn, and found an accident with two stoped cars almost bloking the road, the tarmac was in bad shape and the ABS wouldn't let me brake, i was lucky i had enough distance to brake.

It hapen's all the time on bumpy roads, even in light braking i feel it working when it clearly shouldn't. Way to soon
I even tested braking at the same speed on some roads on the same place, and i can brake MUCH harder with no traction loss without ABS.
I'm much hapier and relaxed when i have the ABS off.

I'm amazed to see people here who even consider braking using ABS while offroading, specialy downhill!

How i wish i hadn't bought ABS for this bike....

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I've got quite different experience(s) to yours. Granted not on the F800GS but the breaks far outperform the stickiness of any tire combination you can mount.

One time I was following my wife on her GL1800 with my old GL1200 along a twisty road when coming around a blind corner a cager decided he wanted to make a U turn and blocked the full road. My wife was able to break rather nicely when I suddenly felt the front wheel getting "squishy". No big deal - release breaks and reangage - only problem now is that my wife is stopping far faster than I do and is now in my direct path.

End result is that she stopped way before me. She would have avoided the accident with the car while I nearly brought both of us down or hit the car which made a VERY FAST ESCAPE.

We stopped and I walked back and could see TWO skid marks - one from the rear and one from the front (front one about 1 foot long).

ABS is not a magical save each and everyone feature. It prevents wheel lock up. A good rider can recover from that but it just killed any potential advantage over an ABS equipped bike you might have ever had.

In your scenario you will never know if ABS off would have saved you something. You can claim it would, but I doubt very much that it would have. You would have ended up like me on the GL1200 - locked up wheel and recovering. At that point your breaking would have been certainly worse than the ABS.

Until you run SIDE BY SIDE with ABS and WIHTOUT ABS any comparison is mute and useless. Feel of the pants is just that - a biased feeling with no scientific substance. There have been numerous tests that show a race driver can outperform ABS (given multiple tries) on dry surface. Once conditions change(d) even the race drive has not been able to outperform ABS.

As to offroad with ABS - yes, you should switch it off. That's why the BMW GS bikes have this handy switch allowing it to be disabled.

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