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An anti-lock braking system (ABS) is a safety anti-skid braking system used on cars and on motorcycles. The system operates by preventing the wheels from locking up during braking, thereby maintaining tractive contact with the road surface and allowing the rider to maintain more control over the motorcycle.

ABS is an automated system that uses the principles of threshold braking and cadence braking, techniques which were once practiced by skilful riders / drivers before ABS was widespread. It operates at a much faster rate and more effectively than most riders could manage. ABS generally offers improved control and decreases stopping distances on dry and some slippery surfaces, or loose gravel surfaces. Since ABS was introduced in production vehicles, such systems have become increasingly sophisticated and effective. 

So, should you purchase a motorcycle with ABS? Well in my opinion yes most definitely. Now becoming a standard inclusion on motorcycles and cars alike as it can save your life by preventing a loss of grip and also steering and controllability on a motorcycle in an emergency situation. And as a learner rider or even as an experienced rider having a system that will help prevent losing grip on something with only two wheels must be a positive and can only aid in your safety on the road.

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