ABS or No: The Great Motorcycle Debate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some motorcyclists believe that learning how to brake properly is a rite of passage; a badge earned by putting in the time. But for novice riders, who generally have the highest number of motorcycle accidents, anti-lock brakes (ABS) are quickly gaining ground as the next biggest safety measure next to motorcycle helmets.

That isn’t to say veteran riders can’t reap the benefits of ABS – especially in wet conditions when reducing the stopping distance is crucial.

All in the Numbers

One study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) suggests that motorcycles with ABS are 37 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than those without ABS.

Interestingly enough, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reports the overall risk of dying in a motorcycle crash is reduced by 37 percent when riders wear motorcycle helmets.

Coincidence? We think not.

What this data tells us is that wearing motorcycle helmets and purchasing bikes with anti-lock brakes can help riders decrease their chances of a fatal accident – by more than just a small margin.

Antilock Brakes Coming to U.S. Motorcycles

Europe already has a pending rule to bring ABS to motorcycles by 2016, but the U.S. lags in such regulations (not surprising considering the helmet laws in this country).

Some manufacturers, like Honda and Kawasaki, do offer models that either include or can be modified with an anti-lock braking system.

And it appears that other manufacturers could soon follow suit.

What are your views on anti-lock brakes? Yay or nay?

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