Originally Posted by ErikDK
Originally Posted by MLavore
It's good to know that you are alright and didn't sustain any damage to the bike, but it has been proven that ABS does not reduce braking distance. So even without it you would have very likely been okay, although it wouldn't have been as smooth
If you're very trained.
Not necessarily, momentum on a motorcycle follows a linear path. It's a little bit different for a car that has two parallel points of contact that can be at different traction levels. (what tends to cause a spin).
By removing and reapplying brakes rapidly you aren't changing any factors then if you were applying brakes hard to begin with. The amount of force down on the brakepad and thus to the ground is the same, the rapid succession just keeps anything else effected by its momentum (rider) from being tossed forward as the transfer of momentum is the same but not constant like it is on non-ABS bikes.
When the brakepads on the ABS clamp down for those brief periods in rapid succession they are gripping full strength the same as you would do in a panic so that does not change, you just have more changes of momentum from front to brakes to front etc, this makes it so that the tires cannot slide any farther than the very brief point in which they are gripped each time. So basically if you were on a road slicker than snot and slammed the ABS brakes, the tires would still slide, but briefly and then return to having adequate grip to allow control. Rinse and Repeat.
Also, human reaction time going into the braking is what would have mattered the most, the 1.5 second average reaction time is what gets most people in trouble.
I supposed I could have explained that better. I am not against ABS by any means, they make panic stops a lot less intense/scary/coronary. Just saying that either way he should have been fine.