Join Date: May 2016
Location: Green Bay WI
Year/Make/Model: 2003 Vulcan VN1600 Classic
Color: Pearl Ivory
This confirms what I have said about motorcycle ABS for years, and what I caution my MSF students about when discussing about motorcycle ABS comes up. That is, your bike with standard motorcycle ABS is not necessarily able to function the ABS effectively while leaned over any significant angle. Until these recent ABS developments, a motorcycle ABS system is really only meant to function as a motorcycle stability system when the bike is only vertical, or closely vertical.
Keep in mind, that until now, ALL ABS systems are only along for the ride, doing nothing but monitoring wheel speed. Then, ONLY when the brakes are applied to a point a tire is already slipping 10% to 20% (the maximum braking effective threshold), THEN the ABS engages control. The important point is, the tire being braked, has to slip at least 10% before the ABS even engages control. As anyone who has felt a front tire sliding while leaned over knows, that only can produce a major pucker/panic feeling. Like the comment made above, "once the initial I-shouldn’t-be-doing-this gag reflex was muted", the testers felt that pucker/panic until they realized the new ABS system was able to help them maintain control.