I wouldnt buy a bike withtraction control. I feel if I can't ride a bike without that, I probably shouldn't be riding it(no offense to anyone at all). ABS is a good idea, that being said, I dislike it, if I wanna lock the wheel I should be able to, and if I can't emergency stop without locking the back, I practice. Again no offense to anyone who likes/wants either of those.
I kinda agree with Fzbolt. I think traction control and ABS are great for those who want them. And I am not against technology. But for me, motorcycles are unaffordable if I have to pay $50/hr for maintenance. I have to do it myself. And those features require maintenance tools that are beyond me.
TC and ABS are great for first timers but not for me. I hate rider aids. The first thing I do on every demo ride is figure out how to turn it all off ! The new trend of stacking electronic aids onto bikes is getting silly. Wheelie control ? What the Hell for ? I want to wheelie and if I don't, I control the throttle. Launch control ? Maybe on a ZX-14 or H2 that lives on a drag track. Who needs that on the street ? I do understand that it helps lap times and all that jazz but people should be learning to control their bike instead of the other way around.
I bought MT-09 with ABS 2014 and is worth it... I wish I had TC...
No matter how experienced you are, there are moments when all the help you can get from technology are crucial to stay safe on your bike.
Little story....Got a call from VW to join experience day on special track with Golf GTI. We had to drive it for 5 laps and then fill the questionnaire.
As ex holder of national racing licence , I wrote that electronic was breaking to much.
Next task was to ride a track with our own cars. I cold not... was way to slippery...
At that moment... I realize the power of technology...
If there is any chance that ABS could save me the pain of a front end crash, I want it. I'm at the age that even a minor fracture could
knock me out of a full riding season.
I freely admit that I most likely don't have the skills, or brain power to modulate my braking in a panic situation.
I'll have to get with my pal that has an FJ09 and see what he has to say about how "intrusive" that system is.
If that ABS system is a good one and it became available on the FZ09, I would consider trading up.
If ABS saves you from a crash, it's good that you had it. Learning how to "panic" brake without ABS should be your goal. Go ride a new Ducati Multistrada with all the aids on, it's like you aren't doing anything yourself. I guess I just like manual vehicles. Even fly-by-wire bothers me, gimme an old cable please. Haha.
I said I'd never have another bike without ABS, and here I am on an 09. I still think it's a good idea, but with brakes that are powerful and with good feel you can live without it.
Funnily enough, in all the 35 years I've had ABS in cars and on my last bike I've probably only activated it less than 5 times in an emergency.
I have my doubts about traction control though. It may be necessary on hyperbikes, but the only times I've spun up the rear unintentionally, I dont think any TC would have done any better than biting donuts out of the seat cover and screaming. (I nearly highsided on the glassy wet patches of exposed tar that we get a lot of here. We call it summer ice.)