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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-06-2019, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Any unexpected consequences of pulling the ABS fuse?

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Just wondering if anyone has tried this - I'd like to try riding on dirt some with the ABS disabled to see how the bike handles. Is there any downside to just removing the fuse when I want to try this, and then putting it back in when done? I mainly concerned that there is some onboard computer which will get angry...

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-07-2019, 05:29 AM
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You don't need to remove the fuse.
Roll in 2nd to a patch of grass or sand and hold front brake, like a burnout.
All you need to do is spin the rear wheel in 2nd gear for a small while until abs light comes on.
Valid until ignition is turned off.

I ride plenty offroad and never turned off abs. If you are downhill (no engine power needed) and need it off, turn ignition off.
That's all. Actually that's almost better, you don't have power to the wheel but you now have a bit of engine brake in the left hand.

No front abs in the dirt is a double edge sword.. Goes well until no longer in line and loosing the front.
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When I got my '15 V650 ABS, I tried the brakes in various circumstances to check on its affect, to get a "feel" for the ABS.

One was on a dirt downhill where I was able to "lock" the rear wheel pretty much at will (and that's w/ ABS ON), so I don't worry about it, but that's just ME.


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Note for the front abs in dirt: the sad thing about the kawi abs is that it is twitchy.

Sometimes you have time to transfer weight to front before it's doing its pulsating action: some effective braking occurs.

Sometimes you grab the lever and it is stiff and far (typically in bumps), without any braking effect at all. Those are the crappy moment everyone talks about. Grabbing the lever harder won't help of course. The ABS will not let enough braking to allow weight transfer to front.

When you are downhill, you don't have that much time to retry, nevermind turn ignition off! Fortunately, you might be going very slow and ABS is ineffective at low speed (maybe 5kph or less, dunno for sure). That must be why Eddie can lock the rear. That is easy to test for yourself anyhow. Knobbies sure help.
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Just to be clear, I mainly want to turn the ABS off as an experiment, and so I can try a few maneuvers (like a brake slide) next time I'm on dirt.

So far I've been fine with the ABS being on while riding on gravel&dirt roads. I don't ride very aggressively, and make heavy use of engine braking on the downhills.

Looking at the shop manual some, I'm guessing that pulling one or both of the fuses involved in ABS will cause the computer to store ABS fault codes, requiring me to clear them to restore normalcy. Has anyone else had to clear error codes?

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-08-2019, 03:06 AM
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I have a VX300 and pulled the ABS fuse with no lasting effects. I realise that you are talking about your V650 but cannot imagine that it might damage anything electronic.
From memory a couple of other items on my dash also went out (odometer, trip meters?), but everything came back on when I replaced the fuse.

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If you just want to experiment, you could try removing the sensors from their brackets and temporarily securing them to a nearby bracket. Idk if this would throw an error code, but once you got it back together it should work fine and the error light should extinguish.
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:facepalm: see post #2.
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If you're going to attempt a brake slide, you absolutely have to have the rear locked up the whole way thru, or you can high side - very bad.

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