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Old Nov 2nd 2012, 08:56 AM   #1
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What's more important, traction control or ABS?

My wife just ditched her Triumph 675 Daytona (kick ass bike by the way) by sliding the back tire out on acceleration on some leaves, probably coldish tires as well. Totaled the bike. So for replacement bike (assuming insurance doesn't drop our asses) we're looking at a new Daytona, which she loves, or an 848 Course. 848 has traction control, but no ABS. New triumph will likely have ABS, but no traction control. So on a PURELY safety basis, only spirited street riding with no track riding, which is better to have? Two months ago a guy ran a stop sign causing me to dump bike, ABS may have stopped that. Wife's wash out may have been stopped by traction control.

And before anyboedy says it, I'm not buying her a Panigale.
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Old Nov 2nd 2012, 09:22 AM   #2
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get her the diavel then- comfortable, powerful (especially since you say its for street riding, no track) and it has dtc and abs as standard.
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Old Nov 2nd 2012, 09:35 AM   #3
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get her the diavel then- comfortable, powerful (especially since you say its for street riding, no track) and it has dtc and abs as standard.
I know, quite a burn that many of the non-sport bikes have both. But she will never ride anyting but a sportbike. Hell, she's the one who talked me into it. Besides, Rocky Mountains are just one giant track really.
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Old Nov 2nd 2012, 09:36 AM   #4
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If I could only have one on my bike, it would be traction control over ABS.
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Old Nov 2nd 2012, 09:47 AM   #5
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for street riding, abs
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Old Nov 2nd 2012, 09:50 AM   #6
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ABS.

it's way harder to brake right in an emergency than to control the throttle right.

although i would say get her the duc
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Old Nov 2nd 2012, 10:27 AM   #7
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I Ride: Ducati 1199 S ABS & '09 Triumph Daytona 675
I have a '09 Daytona as a track bike and LOVE IT. You can get aftermarket Bazzaz TC to put on it, and I believe you can buy Triumph's ABS system for it as well!

They are both good systems, but I think I may agree ABS is more important. Throttle control should be learned and practiced more perhaps. Maybe don't drift on leaf covered roads
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Old Nov 2nd 2012, 11:05 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Denver Rick View Post
I know, quite a burn that many of the non-sport bikes have both. But she will never ride anyting but a sportbike. Hell, she's the one who talked me into it. Besides, Rocky Mountains are just one giant track really.
Thats funny, my wife talked me into Ducati's (THANKFULLY, and we have 2 now), i thought it was great she wanted us both off those harley's
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Old Nov 2nd 2012, 11:50 AM   #9
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I'm riding the Duc ms1200s which has both. The TC is an everyday plus- helps deal with leaves, tar joints (on hotter days)gravel in the road and torquey downshifts. Fortunately, I haven't needed the ABS yet, but one of the reasons for buying into ABS was that I crunched my HD Roadking when a cellphone-talking cager turned into my lane...ABS and a lighter bike (thus the ms1200S) would have given me a chance to avoid the crunch.
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Old Nov 2nd 2012, 03:37 PM   #10
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Probably should let her test ride a Duc before buying one. I know people who love the sound and look but absolutely hate feel (bucking, vibration) and ergos... Daytona is a much smoother bike and a great all around sport bike.
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