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Motorcycle Glossary Dictionary Term - ABS

ABS: ABS stands for Anti-lock Braking System. The system, popularized on BMW and then Honda ST1100 motorcycles, utilizes a computerized system to sense wheel lockup and then release and reapply the brakes many times per second. The result is a steady controlled braking without skidding. Most experienced riders can stop a motorcycle faster by fully utilizing the front and rear brakes with steady controlled pressure just short of a lockup. Anyone attending a motorcycle rally has probably seen the famous BMW demonstration where they flood a parking lot and then ride a BMW without ABS, but containing outriggers, through the water and make a panic stop. The result is a tipover onto the outriggers. Next, a BMW with ABS is run through the same course and this time, the ABS causes the bike to make a controlled straight line stop.

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