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ABS or no ABS?

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I got it without asking for it on mine. I didn't want it before, but I really do like it now. The ABS is not "linked" front to rear, on the 2014 Goldwing Valkyrie F6C. I think that helps it be totally un-noticeable until you really need it. Mine has helped me a couple of times, mainly just keeping me more in control when I was starting to slide the rear in a panic stop... pretty cool.
 

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Personal opinion: If it were no extra charge or a minimal extra charge I would probably have gone for ABS. But not for $1,000.00. Sure there are some great safety benefits from ABS in a panic situation, especially for an inexperienced rider. One possible down side is you may get used to it on one bike and then not have it on another bike and get in trouble.

I personally like to take a bike to a large empty parking lot and place some markers on the pavement. Then ride towards them at speed and practice maximum braking techniques in order to get to know your bike in that panic situation. How short can you stop at XX mph with front brake only, rear only, combination, 75% front/25% rear, etc. The Valkyrie will be much different than a sport bike that can do 100% maximum braking with the front brakes only. This bike can stop very good for a big cruiser but it takes practice. The time to practice is when you decide, not when the driver of that car decides.

Of course, that's all relative to the pavement conditions which change. In the rain is where ABS really shines.
 

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I'm not a fan of ABS because of the expense. I had a K1200RS BMW and the ABS failed. The dealership wanted $3K to replace it. The bike was only worth $6.5K I road it without for two years than sold it for $3.5K
 

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I wish the bike had self cancelling turn signals without the ABS
My 2015 Valk has ABS and therefore self-cancelling turn signals. After a month of riding it I'm over it. Don't like them as they turn off in situations where you don't want them to. Nearly caused an accident in fact. I might see if can disable it.
 

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for 12 years I rode a Road King that had them, and they worked well for me. I realize it was my fault, but I have had drivers preparing to pull out in front of me on the Valk, assuming I was going to make a right turn when I forgot my signal was flashing.
 
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