There are a few instances where even the manufacturer states that one may be able to stop faster with non-ABS brakes. The reason for the question was for a friend that is "old school", grew up on dirt bikes, and doesn't like all the new fanged gadgetry. He wants to have full control of the bike with no electronic intervention. Personally, I would rather ride a bike that has them as opposed to not. However, my Triumph 800 Tiger did give me the option of turning them off, which would be nice to have on the Ninja. If riding on a dirt or gravel road, it would be very difficult to stop quickly if you needed to with the ABS on. Not that I plan to be riding on those types of roads with my Ninja, but when you are doing some exploring on the back roads, you occasionally may come upon some unpaved sections. I have also heard from some riders of a few white knuckle instances when having to stop quickly while going over those strips in the road warning drivers that a stop sign or signal is ahead. Just something to be aware of.....
I have a Ducati Diavel. It has the option of turning the ABS on or off. I absolutely leave it on at all times. I have only been in an emergency stopping situation once and I felt it kick in. I don't think it added very much to the stopping distance. When you have less than a second to react I tend to go hard on the front brake and a lock up is not a good thing; it can easily send you to the pavement. For everyday riding its a huge plus.
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