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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-01-2019, 03:07 AM Thread Starter
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Is ABS model worth it?

Wondering if I should spend the extra $300 on the ABS model. Any recommendations from ABS-model owners? Worth it?



Not the best motorcycle rider nor the worst, somewhere in the middle. I heard the rear brakes are so weak, I can actually use it kind of like traction control as a replacement for ABS to prevent locking or skidding. Any thoughts?
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It is the other way around

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For 300$, which is like 5% more, the point is the other way around. It's not worth it spending 6k and not add an extra 300 to get the ABS one. ABS makes a big difference.
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I agree with Codrin, by the way viewing the quality and cleanliness of the roads, your skills alone might not be enough, wheter they are good or bad. If you always used a bike without abs, you can consider it, but if you've learn and are used to abs, I'd say go for abs.
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It doesn't matter how good of a rider you are. They have tested ABS with the best riders in the world and the bike always stops faster with ABS then without in emergency situations.
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Hi,

For 300$, which is like 5% more, the point is the other way around. It's not worth it spending 6k and not add an extra 300 to get the ABS one. ABS makes a big difference.

It's kind of tricky. There are 2 dealerships: first one is non-ABS and the cost is $5799, but they have no ABS models. Second is ABS but price is $6399. So, it is actually gonna cost me $600 more.


I'm gonna try to negotiate the second dealership to price it this way for me $5799 + $300 = $6099. Tell them this dealer is selling their non-ABS for $5800 and based on the Honda Motorcycle website, ABS addition is only $300 more.


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What's the price of LIFE?

I went with ABS! I have ridden bikes without ABS and taken an MSF class. I know things can happen quickly when riding. If you are on wet pavement or a deer runs out or who knows, ABS can help you keep the bike up and stop faster then the human reflexes can react at times, especially in a panic mode. So it's not really about money. What it boils down to is, how do you value your life? I went with ABS. It's a relatively new feature on motorcycles yet it has proven to be a lifesaver. Pull up a video on YouTube and look at ABS Motorcycles vs. NON-ABS and watch the differences in performance. I saw it and that sold me on my ABS Rebel 500! Good luck to you but it ultimately is your own decision and what you can afford.
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ABS is definitely worth it. There were a couple of instances where, the ABS has prevented me from fish tailing.
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Wondering if I should spend the extra $300 on the ABS model. Any recommendations from ABS-model owners? Worth it?

Not the best motorcycle rider nor the worst, somewhere in the middle. I heard the rear brakes are so weak, I can actually use it kind of like traction control as a replacement for ABS to prevent locking or skidding. Any thoughts?

I didn't get ABS on my 300 for two reasons.

1, If you want to change handle bars etc in the future, the abs connector to the handle bars is not easily removed and replaced with a longer hose.

2, I do all my own maintenance and want less to deal with when changing brake fluid etc.

I have been riding for 50+ years and learned to use the front and rear brake as needed to stop safely. I never had abs until I got a 2019 Honda Super Cub C125 last week. That's the only way it came and only front wheel, rear drum brake.

If you are a new rider and think you need abs, then get it. Just be aware of the higher maintenance involved. If you pay a shop for maintenance, that means more money spent.
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honestly as a new rider to a bigger bike ABS as saved from locking my wheels and falling off, definitely worth not having road rash

New to motorcycles, so far Im loving it
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YES, VERY WORTH IT. No matter how expert you are, ABS certainly prevents you from getting into severe accidents and it could literally save your lives. I can't recall how many times I encountered idiot drivers who couldn't wait at a U-Turn in front of me but I'm very glad I have the ABS.

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