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According to a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcycles equipped with ABS are 37 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than those without. A second study from the Highway Loss Data Institute, indicates ABS reduces insurance damage claims by 22 percent and injury claims by 30 percent. Those are some huge numbers and, potential legislation mandating its use aside, virtually guarantees that we'll be seeing the technology applied to virtually all motorcycles in the near future. The IIHS says that 50 percent of polled riders planned to get it on their next bike, but there's still die hard hold outs who like nothing between their right fingers and the front tire. On the track or off-road we're with them, but there's no arguing with ABS's effectiveness on the road, where it's far better at coping with adverse road conditions than the pathetic human brain and uninvasive on dry, smooth pavement.
More info over at Consumer Reports.