I've been very happy with the brakes on my '15LT. The ABS has triggered a few times during quick stops. It's always been the rear brake ABS firing, and always with the factory tires. It hasn't triggered for the last few thousand miles with Pirelli Scorpion Trail 2 tires. On dirt I've triggered both front and rear a number of times. Contrary to "expert" opinion, I like the ABS on dirt. Maybe if I were riding like a teen on a dirt bike I'd not like it, but for mild to moderate off road situations the ABS does a fine job.
I can't say how it compares to previous generations of V. You could test ride a new bike to see if the brakes generally feel stronger than your current bike.
Last edited by Fly-Sig; 09-13-2016 at 10:08 AM.