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abs brakes

Postby saltmar14 » Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:42 am

going to purchase a 2004 in the next few days. i wanted abs but not many for sale in my range, (@ 11000), any experience with the two?

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Re: abs brakes

Postby wingfart » Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:44 pm

Hold out for ABS. On the GL1800 you will never know that you have ABS until you have to make a panic stop and its saves your bike, your butt, and maybe your passenger as well. I live on a gravel road and have tried locking both wheels at about 80kph, and the result is a very controlled stop with no skidding. Very reassuring.

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Re: abs brakes

Postby mcbrown » Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:17 pm

I agree with wingfart.
I wouldnt ride without abs now. I have been in a couple of situations through no fault of my own and if I hadnt had abs my wife and I would possibly not be here today. I believe it is an essential requirement of modern motorcycles. I came off my first GL1000 at 100kms per hour (about 60mph) in about 1976 and believe me it is something I still remember after locking up my front brake in the wet in a panic stop (no abs in those days).

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Re: abs brakes

Postby themainviking » Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:31 pm

I absolutely agree, within reason. I fully believe in ABS for motorcycles, using 47 years of non ABS experience as research prior to this Goldwing of mine. However, I did notice your price limitation, and I don't think you will get an ABS equipped Honda Goldwing for $11K for at least another seven or eight years. Money talks, right? I don't think I would let that keep me from having a motorcycle though. If all you can afford is the 2004, then you should get the 2004 and just keep in mind that it doesn't have ABS braking. Just don't get into situations whereas you need to lock up a front or rear brake. Good luck with the 2004, and I hope you love the heck out of it. Practice braking to the point of lock up when you are not in a panic situation, and you will quickly get to know exactly what your motorcycle is capable of.

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