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Old 08-12-2019, 08:49 PM   #1
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ABS testing

Has anyone had their ABS system activate during emergency braking or hard stops? If so, does the ABS light come on when the system is activated? I was practicing emergency braking in a parking lot, but so far I'm not sure if the wheels are locking and the ABS system is engaging. At least I'm not hearing any clicking noises or feeling any pulsing sensation. I'm definitely not skidding. I guess I'm not pressing hard enough on the brake levers to actually lock the wheels. Plus the ground isn't wet. For my bike, I'd like to be able to gauge how much force is needed to lock the wheels and have the ABS system kick in.
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Old 08-13-2019, 06:09 AM   #2
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Re: ABS testing

Mine has activated only once, on a small section of loose gravel at a junction. The pulsing at the lever was quite soft, but it didn't last long as the gravel patch was only a couple of feet across. I've never yet got it to kick in on a dry road.
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Old 08-13-2019, 08:17 AM   #3
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Re: ABS testing

My SV does not have ABS but my other bike does. It's very difficult to make the front tire slip in dry conditions, I suspect with halfway decent tires you may not be able to without dirt, gravel, water, etc. Rear is another story entirely and very easy to engage. I don't think the ABS light will come on unless there's an error, but you can check it with the rear tire.
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