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I have never had ABS on a bike before and am not sure if I like it. Mine seems to pulse to slow and the back of the bike seems to jump up between them taking weight off rear tire, seems to made stopping distance longer. My last bike was a 05 Goldwing and I ran a car tire on the rear and loved it I could push it real hard and not have it step out. Now I'm running Dun E 3's that came on my bike. They seem to step out very easy esp the rear tire. I've felt both the front tire slide out and the rear. I was not hot roding. I do like the bike and have only put 1000 + miles on it in two weeks sense buying. I'm not knocking the bike I really do like it and thank it is a great bike.

I've rode Moto Guzzi's for years and my last one was the first bike to have inter locked front and rear brakes wow what a diff that made.

I added the Vic backrest today have not rode with the BR installed yet, will tomorrow .
 

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Mine doesn't pulse at all. The ABS doesn't engage unless you really grab the brakes HARD, then it stops super quick. Not exactly sure what you mean by 'stepping out' but my bike handles excellently and I have never felt my tires slide or slip.

Check the air in your tires first, then if it still doesn't feel right let the dealer take a look at it.

You don't mention how many miles you have on the bike. I take it is a 2012 Tour model?
 

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The bike had 27-- miles on it when I bought it now has 3939. It's a 2012. I checked tire and shock pressures to day all with in manual specks. I increased the pressures in all. I thank the drive belt is loose so will take it to a dealer next week to have it checked. Well ask them about the ABS. Stepping out to me is when the tire slides or moves over a little before hooking up again. The thing I like about this bike is you can feel everything it is doing. The more I ride it the more I like it. Plus I can ride it all day without knee pain. I can't ride my wing more than 19 miles without knees hurting. Just getting OLD. :)

It seems to lockup to easy and when it does it Chirps the rear tire releases than chirps. So it's chirp, bounce, chirp, bounce, chirp, until it stops. This just does not feel right to me so will have it checked out.
 

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Definetly sounds like something isn't right with your bike. Let us know what the dealer says... AND if he gives you some crap about nothing being wrong... push it with him until you get results.
 

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Definetly sounds like something isn't right with your bike. Let us know what the dealer says... AND if he gives you some crap about nothing being wrong... push it with him until you get results.
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I have never had ABS on a bike before and am not sure if I like it. Mine seems to pulse to slow and the back of the bike seems to jump up between them taking weight off rear tire, seems to made stopping distance longer. My last bike was a 05 Goldwing and I ran a car tire on the rear and loved it I could push it real hard and not have it step out. Now .
My 2011 doesn't have ABS and I've locked the rear wheel up a couple times.. Scary..! I always use my front break as most of the stopping power does come front but it unloads weight from the rear..
You couldn't lock up the rear wheel on my VTX no matter how hard you tried so I've had to "think" about rear break pressure which in a panic situation doesn't happen.. These bikes need ABS.




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I never locked up the rear on my previous bike (Suzuki m50 w/ drum in back) but locked the rear up on my XR a few times when I first got it. I agree these bikes benefit a lot having abs and sometimes wish I would have drove the extra couple of hours away to get a 12 XR with abs but the dealership that had my 11 was only 1.5 hours away and we agreed on a reasonable price for a 2 year old new bike. I have learned how my XR likes to be stopped and how strong the rear brake is.
 

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I was practicing some emergency stops just the other day on my new CCT. From 75 mph, I grabbed a handful of front brake and slammed on the foot brake. Heard a few slight chirps from the rear, but she stopped smooth and FAST! Easily faster than my last bike which was 150lbs lighter with bigger tires. I couldn't belive how well the ABS worked, and had a little fun doing the next 10 practice stops! Builds a lot of confidence in the machine, in my opinion!

Plus, the best part about stopping...is you get to ACCELERATE again cheers
 

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The ABS pulse on My XCT is a 1980's flashback. It is slow and thumping, but it works well. I am glad I activated it on purpose and wasn't surprised by it. The pulse is enough to grab your attention if you aren't expecting it, and in an urgent situation isn't the time to find that out. I also don't like my brake pedal turning to mush, no, not a real fan of ABS either, but it is here to stay and is useful.
Contrary to popular belief ABS aren't designed to "stop you faster". In some cases it will increase braking distance. Dry pavement is one of them.
ABS are designed to keep you in control. Preventing skids is what they do, and the Vic system, although antique feeling, works well, just don't panic and stomp down hard because some systems can be overridden and result in skidding. (That could also be an outdated statement, but I've seen plenty of solid tire skids just before the wreck) I don't know if this is one of them and don't want to try it out.
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ABS test

I'm 600 miles short of 5000 mile oil change. So have been doing some riding. I put over 300 miles on it last weekend some in rain. I tested the ABS again and the problem I had when I first got bike seems to have gone away. I think that there must of been a little oil on the rotor or bake pad making it grabby. After burning it off by riding. The brakes have started working like I feel they should. I like the bike more and more every time I ride it. It does get a little hot of very warm days and the seat seems to pick up some of the engine heat as well. I feels like the heated seats or on. :ride:
 

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I'm 600 miles short of 5000 mile oil change. So have been doing some riding. I put over 300 miles on it last weekend some in rain. I tested the ABS again and the problem I had when I first got bike seems to have gone away. I think that there must of been a little oil on the rotor or bake pad making it grabby. After burning it off by riding. The brakes have started working like I feel they should. I like the bike more and more every time I ride it. It does get a little hot of very warm days and the seat seems to pick up some of the engine heat as well. I feels like the heated seats or on. :ride:
Try putting some heat tape under the seat. It's available at Autozone and on the Internet.
 

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Thanks BBob will try that. On our Sat ride we had 9 bikes two Yamaha's, 6 Goldwing's and my XCT. I did a fuel range test during the ride did not fill up till my low fuel warning came on still had a ways to go to get gas not sure how far I rode with light on. But the trip meter read 201 miles when I pulled up to pump. It took 4.055 gal. So was very happy with that. But I would thank it would of took 5 gal. before low fuel light comes on. I'm still learning this bike but can't find much I don't like about it. It handles and rides great gets a little hot in hot weather but I've rode air cooled Twins before so expected that. I found that not opening lower fairing all the way helps. When I open it all the way I can feel heat coming up onto me.

I have a Yellow 2005 Goldwing Motor Trike with 39000 miles but can not ride it more than 20 miles without knees hurting. Being able to move my feet forward on the XCT seems to do away with the knee problem. :D
I will be selling the wing after I fix a few cosmetic things. Which will allow me to buy a Trailer Hitch and few extra things for the XCT.

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