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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I am 100% against ABS, for several reasons. One, they are controlled by a computer, and I don't believe a computer has any business on a motorcycle. Two, they take away my control of the bike. I want the bike to do what I want, not what a computer wants. Three, they are far from foolproof. I have seen many videos of bikes with ABS going down on slippery surfaces due to a loss of traction. ABS brakes may not completely lock, but they come close enough to cause the tires to lose traction on a slippery surface. Forth, many people believe they are foolproof, that you just apply the brakes as hard as possible and let the computer take care of things. MANY riders have crashed this way. Fifth, They are causing a lot of new riders to not learn proper braking skills, and a lot of experienced riders to forget the braking skills they once had.
As far as the Vulcan 750s brakes, it is definitely overbraked in front. I rode over 100,000 miles on Vulcan 750s, and never did get used to the grabby nature of the front brakes. It was like they were either on of off, nothing in between. I have never had this problem with any other bike, including ones with dual front discs. I've owned two Vulcan 750s, and they were both like that. IMO, it just took to much attention to avoid locking them up, and that they were dangerous in a panic braking situation. I'm one who removed one of my front brakes, now the brakes work just like every other bike I've ever ridden (about 45 of them) I did extensive testing in an unpopulated area before riding in traffic with my modified brakes, and found no problems. They were so much easier to modulate, and it was still easy enough to lock the front wheel (yes, you can do a stoppie on a Vulcan 750) I now have over 50,000 miles on this mod, and consider it proven. But I still won't recommend it. Do it at your own risk.
The Vulcan 750 has many known issues. I believe the front brakes are one of them. I think Kawasaki got a bit over zealous seeing just how much stuff they could cram on the Vulcan. Back when it was designed, lots of features were the big thing.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike