A new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HDLI), an organization doing scientific studies of insurance data representing the human and economic losses resulting from the ownership and operation of different types of vehicles and supported by auto insurers, shows that anti-lock brakes, despite their unpopularity, reduce motorcycle crashes.
The study demonstrates the benefit of ABS for bikers of every level of experience, but much more for inexperienced bikers. HDLI states that beginners riding bikes with ABS are 30 percent less likely to file an accident insurance claim within the crucial first 90 days of ridership and 19 percent less after that.
ABS would help newbies compensate for their mistakes. At the same time, riders with more experience also reap large benefits from the technology. Opponents to buying the anti-lock braking system offered as an option on a new motorcycle usually mention the cost of ABS versus benefit and think that if a beginner gets riding experience relying on ABS he will not acquire the handling skills to compensate locking and sliding with his bike when the ABS system will malfunction. All bikers with ABS equipped motorcycles already get a premium discount from their insurer.