Still reeling from your recent motorcycle accident, you shift your focus to holding the at-fault party accountable and preventing another accident. What do you know about anti-lock brakes for motorcycles?
State Farm breaks down ABS for motorcycles, their benefits and their drawbacks. See how you can stay safe on the road and help sidestep another unfortunate experience.
Motorcyclists have back- and front-wheel brakes they control separately. Your bike can slide out of control because of unbalanced braking pressure or rapid braking, either of which may have contributed to your crash. ABS helps you maintain proper braking power in emergencies by cutting back on braking pressure before a wheel locks up.
Benefiting from ABS
The biggest advantage of ABS is maintaining control of your bike in emergencies. No matter who is at fault for an accident, an ABS could save your life or limit the extent of any injuries you sustain in the accident. Also, having the right braking system could cause a reduced need to file an insurance claim in the event of an accident, which saves you time and money.
Understanding the downsides of ABS
ABSs come with unique disadvantages. For instance, small motorcycles rarely come with the braking system. Also, you may have to pay more for a bike that has ABS, as much as $500 more. Riders must also ensure they do not become too reliant on ABS while riding, which may cause them to become lax defensive riders.
While you cannot go back and change what happened during your accident, you can take steps to reduce the chances of another one.