Had to suddenly stop but ABS kicked in and the bike kept moving forward. I am not sure anymore I like the idea of ABS on motorcycles.
No damage to the bike except the rear brake lever bent a little bit, luckily i have crash bars that took the hit.
here is the video:
I have looked at that video about 7 times
, two times you closed in on
the truck, first was the fire hydrant than the street light, at no time did I see the angle of the front of the bike change. I can tell you that I can get my front brake grabbing to the point I am almost going over the bars, back brake will only fire if I lock up the rear wheel. So it has been suggested to try emergency braking in a parking lot, from what I saw in the video, if you hadn't said so, I would have suggested that the back brake was the only brake activated and too late
. The other factor is what is your front tire and what pressure are you running, also I am not trying to judge but be helpful, I am just through my rear tire at 9000 KM , do a lot of engine braking and now have a Michelin PR4, no question the Dunlop isn't as good a tire. I changed my rear adjustment to 12 turns in, and front preload to 15 turns in, rebound to 2.0 out. One thing also to remember, if you grab the brake suddenly before weight shift occurs, you have a lightly loaded front tire, it will lock up , hence the ABS, increasing force would have slowed you down when that happened.
If you find the front ABS firing every time under normal and aggressive braking, you need to take it in to the dealer
, I can say even on gravel my front brake is effective enough to have weight shift to the front tire, personally I wouldn't ever disable it, some have suggested that it should be a option for off road, my take is this isn't a off road bike , second thing is , similar to a car, letting off on the brake is the opposite of what you should do when it fires, also you should have been in a lower gear, releasing the throttle provides engine braking and weight shift to the front tire, which in my opinion provides 85 to 90% of the braking.
FYI within the first 3000KM of ownership I had a similar incident, except it was a advanced green during rush hour with pedestrians ready to cross the second the light allowed them, person/ car in front of me could have turned into a parking lot/ business on my left while in the left hand turn lane but chose instead to use the light , this was a very short advanced green turn signal, one car length into the turn she slams on the brakes, I have one hand on the clutch, one on the throttle, no time to grab the front brake and used the rear brake and steered around her while on my horn, never hit any pedestrians or the car, the ABS did fire and gave me the extra 3 feet to get around her. FYI she couldn't complete the turn because it was rush hour and the entrance to the parking lot was blocked by through traffic.
Would I disable my ABS if it was a option---Never
ABS isn't a substitute for riding skill
, just like skid control and hill start technology in a car isn't a substitute for learning skid control and starting on a hill.