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    Nick Kennedy
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    Trade up to ABS question

    Hi Gents
    So I've got a 1990 K75 RT. Love it
    My Friend has a 1991 K75 RT with ABS . Both with 20 k on the odometer, both in excellent condition.
    I want ABS, bad.

    My question is, Does this early ABS system on that 1991 bike generally work well?
    Is it worth the hassle to sell my 1990 and buy his? He does want to sell it.

    Thanks in advance
    Nick Kennedy

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    The ABS on mine works well. It is noisier and less seamless than the later versions, but gets the job done.
    Ron

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    Funny you mention this. A few weeks ago I was following a new Tahoe on my '94 K75RT across the Virginia countryside on a straight but narrow 2-lane road boardered by stone walls and thick trees. I am not a fast or agressive rider, i usually keep about three car lengths distance. For some reason at or around the 50mph posted speed limit the driver suddenly and without any notice slammed on the brakes 100% and went into full ABS. I followed suit, and got to experience Gen-1 ABS in its full splendor for the first time. I came to a stop about 10' behind the Tahoe, which then proceeded to do a 6-point U-turn. As the Tahoe was finishing the back up, pull forward and turn, repeat, I noticed the driver was a teen male with his window down - I shouted out, "you almost killed me you stupid ass$&@$!". I then noticed what must have been the father in the passenger seat, who yelled back, "yes he did, I am so sorry!" And with that they were gone.

    I LOVE ABS. The bike stopped quicker than I could have imagined, stayed straight as an arrow, and was completely under control at all times. Unlike the Gen-2 I had on my K1100RS which felt like a shuddering vibration, the GEN-1 is a slower modulation and you can feel the wheels' on/off modulation. That said, it works. It works splendidly!

    One thing to consider, and I thought a lot about this close call the rest of the day - the brake systems on newer cars are astoundingly good. Which is great if you are in one stopping to avoid something ahead of you, not so great if you are following on a non-ABS bike even at a very safe distance.
    Last edited by TED; 09-07-2013 at 06:47 PM.
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    Nick Kennedy
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    Thanks for the response guys.
    I think I will pursue this trade up.
    I've read in a couple of articles that ABS is the way to go to help keep you much safer.
    Cheers
    Nick Kennedy
    ps Look for a low mile 1990 K75 posted for sale shortly! Great condition!

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    I've been very satisfied with the ABS on my 1993 K75RT so far. While I've not had the occasion to use it in an on-road situation, I've tested it on both wet and dry pavement in parking lots and it functions very well. A bit on the clunky side (especially the rear) as others have said but effective.
    Carl

    '93 K75RT

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    FYI, in Germany (and I suspect EU) ABS is now mandatory for all new bikes above (100? 250?)cc. ABS - don't leave home without it.
    Don't let your bike go anywhere your brain hasn't already been five seconds ago...

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