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Originally posted by fnfalman
I doubt that ABS would have made a difference. I was barely going 30-MPH. The suspension might have made a difference though. The Telever and Paralever designs were designed specifically for riding on the streets in any and all conditions.
After riding my BMW with ABS, I would have to concur with you.

Remember that bad road part that look like washboard? Remember if the tire lose any contact with the road and is free-spinning while you are braking? The ABS will automatically release the brake on the wheel that isn't free-spinning. Weird huh? It happens to me all the time when braking on bumpy median of 4 lane road while making left turn.

However the ABS brake is superb on dry or wet surface as long as surface is smooth not choppy.

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Originally posted by fnfalman
Yes you can. You gotta jam on the brake pretty hard to activate the ABS. But hit the rear brake hard enough to activate a rear slide is no problem, especially when your bike is leaned over.

A lot of people with ABS-equipped bikes think that it's foolproof. It's anything but foolproof. It works best when the bike is right side up and the surface is smooth. Otherwise, at the threshold of hard riding, it makes for some unnerving behaviors. That's why the BMW GS has an off-switch for the ABS and the same for the R1200S sport bike. I wish that BMW would put an off-switch on ALL ABS equipped bikes and let the owners decide when they want ABS and when they not want ABS.
When I read my BMW user's manual. I remember reading a part where you have to follow a sequence of action when turning on the ignition to manually turn off your ABS. Fnfalman, go read your BMW manual and I think you'll find it too.

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Originally posted by fnfalman
Maybe the R1100S has that option, but none of the other bikes with the exception of the GS had the option. I can deactivate my Rockster's ABS but then the servo mechanism wouldn't work and that means up the creek without a paddle.
I just had mine serviced for 12K maintenance and replaced both tyres. I got both tyres from Cycle Gear who were having 15% off on all of their tyres and my BMW dealership only charged me 6 dollars apiece to put them on my bike. Cycle Gear told me that I have to take the wheels off my bike myself (yeah right... I only have a carport, no garage, so no place for fabled E-Z lift) and they would charge me 25 for replacing tyres.

Today on my way to a friend's house from dealership (Scottsdale), I felt the handling on my new tyres have improved dramatically, another plus for Michelin Pilot Roads!

Maybe you should trade your BMW for a new BMW along with your insurance for a new BMW. I do like boxer but I think you'll like K1200S better...

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