I wanna share 2 incidents with ya'll just to put the whole brake issue in perspective. 2 years ago i had a dear friend and fellow rider get killed on his homeade trike when a car pulled out in front of him from behind a blind spot. He didn't even have time to touch his brakes. Hit the car broadside at highway speed (approx. 60 mph). sadly he died from internal injury before they could get him to the hospital.
2nd incident was with a 1200 sporster and the rear end of a car. my buddy was behind this car traveling about 50. car suddenly locked the brakes up (still don't know why) but he didn't have brake lights. by the time my buddy realized the car slammed on the brakes, he didn't have time to stop (he was prolly looking off too, but still) he realized that one way or another he was gonna hit the car, so, instead of hitting it full out he decided to make good use of the bikes crash bars and he locked the back tire up (on purpose mind you), locked his legs to the bike, layed it down and slid in. well, the moved worked for what it was worth. no damage done to bike except scraches to the crash bar and broke on of the rear turn signals. my buddy and the bike slid a good ways and they came to rest partially under the car instead of plastered to the rear of it which he woulda been if he had of kept the bike up on its wheels. he walked away with a good case of road rash and a bruised ego, thats it. he is an experienced rider who to this day questions his decision to lay the bike down. he thinks still that he made the right decision cuz slamming into it dead on woulda prolly hurt more. that being said, what if that sportie had ABS and he couldn't lock her up to do his babe ruth slide into the car? would he have hit dead on possibly hurting himself a lot worse than road rash? point is, i think there is some situations where anti lock braking could be harmful. and in the case of my buddy who got killed, it wouldn't have mattered anyway. he never had time to hit the brakes..
"Marvelous" Marvin Cutrer--Labor day 2007. RIP Marvo!!!