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Old 06-21-2013, 12:42 PM   #1
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Need Help: ABS or Non-ABS Bike?

Hello everyone,

So here's my dilemma: I ordered a Honda CB500x ABS model back in May. Just spoke to my dealer and the non-ABS bikes (4 of them) are going to be delivered next Friday and available for pick up the following week.

The ABS model that I have on order will not be arriving until August.

The $500 price difference between the 2 models is a non-issue (we make plenty of $$$). I'm more concerned with the safety factor; just had my first child, so I have a lot more to lose these days.

For what it's worth: I'm 37 and my days of riding fast and recklessly are over. I commute 10 miles to and from work each day and enjoy touring around New England in a controlled manner.

I have never had a bike with ABS bike or locked the rear wheel up for that matter.

So... Is the ABS model worth the wait? Saving $500 is always nice, but having the bike you've been drooling over 1 month earlier (I'm a teacher, so I get 2 months off to really ride) is even nicer. Then again, if ABS makes the bike that much safer, I have a wife and son to think about nowadays, so the wait, as agonizing as it may be, might be the best option. :

Thoughts & feedback are greatly appreciated!
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Old 06-21-2013, 02:10 PM   #2
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I have never had a bike with ABS bike or locked the rear wheel up for that matter.
So why are you worried about and asking about whether or not to have ABS ?

ABS just *may possibly* save you one wet and slippery day but that`s only a 'maybe' and ABS won`t save you from dying some other way.
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Old 06-21-2013, 02:38 PM   #3
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save the $500 and spend it on a track day or 2.
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Old 06-21-2013, 02:50 PM   #4
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So why are you worried about and asking about whether or not to have ABS ?

ABS just *may possibly* save you one wet and slippery day but that`s only a 'maybe' and ABS won`t save you from dying some other way, f.
Well, I'm stepping up from a 280 lb. TW200 that I can toss around like a rag doll. The CB500x is not a big bike, by any stretch of the imagination, but it's substantially more bike than what I'm currently riding, and, given the knuckleheads I deal with during my commute, I suppose I'm looking for any degree of safety I can find. Based on prior riding experience with bigger bikes (i.e. my DR650 motard), I know that I'll be spending a lot more time in the passing lane again, and speeds > 75 MPH will become the norm once more.

Lastly, an extra $500, in my book, is cheap money for a bike I plan on keeping around for a while, especially if it pays for a feature that may help to prevent my early demise.

I'm simply looking for additional objective feedback from members who've gained benefit, or not noted any, from an ABS equipped bike. I have no experience with this feature, so I'm hoping to gain some perspective here.

This video of ABS's benefits looks pretty convincing to me:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zv3Sacl7JQ
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Old 06-21-2013, 02:53 PM   #5
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When the shit hits the fan very few people are as good at emergency braking as they would like to believe. It's at those moments when the ABS is working that the extra money and wait will seem worth it.
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:33 PM   #6
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I used to be one who would say skip abs... no longer. Get it.
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:49 PM   #7
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I used to be one who would say skip abs... no longer. Get it.
Already told my dealer that I'll be doing just that.

July is going to be a LONG month. I better drown myself in house projects to keep my mind off my soon-to-be new bike! In the end, I just can't ignore the fact that a bike equipped with ABS IS a safer bike. Worth the wait and the extra $500.
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:50 PM   #8
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I'm simply looking for additional objective feedback from members who've gained benefit, or not noted any, from an ABS equipped bike.
Okay....given the choice of the same bike with or without ABS I`d go for without as it`d save some weight and cut out a system that may fail at some time,although unlike a servo system failing and only leaving you with residual braking,at least you`d only revert to non ABS 'normal' braking.

Now,despite what I said above,I`ve noticed the ABS kicking in on my 650 Burgman and also on the R1100GS that I used to own.
But I`m not totally sure if it`s a case of the systems 'saving me' or that they may have been oversensitive.

Certainly when it did on the Burgie I wondered what was happening...and why...but clearly the system picked up on what it saw as imminent lock up and maybe there was some oil or grease...*maybe* I`d have skidded on a non ABS machine...*maybe* not.

There`s no doubt that on wet and slippy surfaces the ABS will benefit a non expert/professional rider though.....and maybe even in dry,panic situations as you would likely just grab a handful of brake in a panic and forget all about feedback and modulating the brakes.

Hey,I`ve currently got a broken right arm from rear ending a car at a roundabout on one of my Vespas....maybe ABS would have prevented that?

Hope this is of some use to you.
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:54 PM   #9
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When the shit hits the fan very few people are as good at emergency braking as they would like to believe.
Ah, how can you say that? People who decide not to get ABS absolutely know that they can easily brake better than the computer. Easily. Every time. Even when tired, on wet ground, in a surprise situation, after a 10 hour riding day. They just know they are better.

Doesn't matter that every single test has shown that ABS brakes better than professional riders in adverse conditions. These guys are better than professional riders. Way better. Especially from in front of a TV or computer ...
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:58 PM   #10
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Already told my dealer that I'll be doing just that.
Smart move
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Old 06-21-2013, 04:08 PM   #11
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July is going to be a LONG month.
Go break a wrist. Makes waiting 6 weeks to get back on the bike less problematic ... (Don't ask me how I know - and don't ask about worse things to keep you off the bike, I know too much about these, too!)
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Old 06-21-2013, 04:13 PM   #12
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Go break a wrist. Makes waiting 6 weeks to get back on the bike less problematic ... (Don't ask me how I know - and don't ask about worse things to keep you off the bike, I know too much about these, too!)
Heal up man!
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Old 06-21-2013, 04:20 PM   #13
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Heal up man!
Happened a while back for me - surgery last year, no riding for AT LEAST three months, second ride after that I hit a deer and broke my wrist, no riding for another six weeks. Man was I pissed ...

But you know: if you wait, the rides after that are sooooo much more fun!
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Old 06-21-2013, 04:26 PM   #14
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Happened a while back for me - surgery last year, no riding for AT LEAST three months, second ride after that I hit a deer and broke my wrist, no riding for another six weeks. Man was I pissed ...

But you know: if you wait, the rides after that are sooooo much more fun!
"But you know: if you wait, the rides after that are sooooo much more fun!"

This is true.
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:52 PM   #15
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I just went from and ABS bike to a non-ABS one. It is quite the change, I never even had to think about locking the brakes up before and could stop on a dime, now I am always aware that the back break can lock up easily and my stopping distance is much greater. ABS is nice to have and could easily save you from a hurtin'.
I can't believe you have never locked up a wheel on a bike. I do it sometimes when I am not even trying to slow down really fast.
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