Every motorcycle designed for on-street use should be equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), and it baffles me why Congress hasn’t federally mandated it already.
What is ABS?
ABS is a piece of electronics that prevents your tires from locking up. When the ABS system detects that a tire is about to lock up (skid), it automatically reduces brake pressure to that tire. ABS has been mandated on cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. for years.
The Wrong Argument
The only reason I can come up with that explains why Congress hasn’t mandated ABS is that proponents for ABS are using the wrong argument.
ABS supporters argue that ABS allows most riders to stop faster, while ABS haters say that some riders can stop faster without ABS. In this case, both sides are correct—so Congress does nothing.
But here’s the part that’s been missing from the debate.
In the articles below, I’ll present the arguments for and against ABS.
I’ll also explain why mandating ABS on all motorcycles sold in the U.S. for on-street use is the single most important thing that could be done to reduce motorcycle fatalities.
Making ABS mandatory is so important that I’m asking all riders to share this information with their Congressional representatives.
Together, we can do this.