I have had ridden both ABS and non ABS Fury's, even if you leave aside the saftey aspect of ABS, the ABS bike out brakes the non ABS bike. You have larger calipers & brake pads plus more pistons on the ABS model. In my view the ABS is well worth the small extra cost.I have to agree, if you are experienced enough, you probably would not be needing the extra feature ABS would bring to the table. I mean, it is all about how you deal with your braking. If you are not too sure with how it is going to hold up, you might as well oblige with it and get the extra safety. But if you let it slide, it would not be of much help either so you still have to work within your limits.
The only Fury I have ever ridden is my own ABS model and that was after I paid for it; talk about a leap of faith . I always thought the brakes were more than adequate on our model and the best part is you can ignore the hand brake, stand on the brake pedal and the bike stops real smoothly with no nose dip or rear tire lockup. The pedal brake by itself is amazing on loose surfaces where there is sand or gravel .... the ABS bike out brakes the non ABS bike.
Not "the other way around". The hand lever aka front brake only operates the two outboard pistons of the front caliper. It does not activate the rear brake at any time on the linked brake system made for the Fury.when you rear brake, some of the front brakes too and the other way around.