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Wisconsin motorcyclists are less like to crash if their bikes are equipped with ABS brakes.If you are a shopping for your first motorcycle, you may want to consider a model with anti-lock braking system (ABS). A new study conducted by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) had found that inexperienced motorcyclists are 30 percent less likely to crash when they ride a motorcycle with ABS brakes. Even long-time motorcyclists may want to consider ABS brakes. When a bike has ABS brakes, experienced riders are 19 percent less likely to crash.

How do ABS brakes work?

When you’re driving a car and your wheels lock because of a lack of traction, your car skids. Even if you don’t have anti-lock brakes, there are a variety of evasive maneuvers that you can use to avoid an accident and get your car back under control. If you’re on a motorcycle, when your wheels lock, you go down. ABS brakes work to prevent wheels from locking by automatically sensing when a wheel is about to stop rotating and reducing brake pressure accordingly. Once traction is restored, the brake pressure in increased.

The analysis looked at number of claims over a two-year period and included motorcycle model years, rider age, cyclist experience, and more. It found that while all riders were more likely to crash in the first three months of riding, riders with ABS bikes had lower claim frequencies regardless of level of experience.

Okay, Milwaukee motorcyclists, what do you think? Are ABS brakes worth the extra expense? Can they prevent Wisconsin motorcycle wrecks?

The Wisconsin motorcycle accident attorneys at Hupy and Abraham have written The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. Request your free copy or call 800-800-5678 to discuss your Wisconsin motorcycle accident claim.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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