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Hello, I've decided I really need ( ;) ) a new 800 Italia, but am told I can only have the ABS version at the moment... Is it a good option?
 

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It depends. Do you want to pay extra for it?!

If you stay calm when in an emergency there realy is no need for it. That's why i advice ABS for less experienced drivers. Bigger balls equals less need for ABS. :)

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I'm a new rider and went for the abs. The way I see it, it's like an airbag. Don't care on a normal day, but the second it engages, I'll be glad I had it.

ABS is also standard on all 800s coming in to canada as well.
 

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All new bike production from MV will now feature ABS, it is now a legal requirement in EU.

So your options are limited, finding an old stock Italia without ABS is possible, not sure where in the world you are but suggest picking up the phone and ringing your dealers/distributor.

Is ABS such a bad thing? When I bought my B800 it was not an option, I certainly don't regret the buy. I believe the ABS works very well on the new bikes, so it depends what you want.

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Interesting, thanks for the replies.

I have had quite a few bikes and currently have a KTM RC8 (which I'm keeping) and a Moto Guzzi 1100 sport (injection) which will be sold, but never had one with ABS and to be honest not fussed about having it (maybe if I had I would never go back etc, but...). It is the extra cost that is putting me off, however if it is the way forward (for MV) then so be it.
 

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If you need it it's awesome it also gives a huge safety margin when riding hard on track or quick on the road. You may think you are a superstar rider but the ability to slam the brakes as hard as you want ,not tuck the front and still steer is pretty great.As is trail braking super deep into a corner on track and being able to hold the brakes harder and deeper while leaning and not worrying as much about tucking the front
 

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however if it is the way forward (for MV) then so be it.

It's the Bureaucrats in Brussels who decided it was the way forward, not MV. All manufacturers are having to introduce ABS on anything above 125cc by the end of next year if they want to sell their bikes in Europe.

I'm sure some of the bods who came up with that decision were rewarded handsomely from the manufacturers like Bosch who's systems the bike manufacturers buy and install?
 

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I'm of the opinion that for leisure country trips the ABS would be optional as you are predominantly in control with limited necessity for emergency braking. On the other hand if using the bike as a comuter then definitely the ABS option as in traffic you never know who will do something stupid and you need to 'emergency' brake (grab a handful of stopping power without locking the front type braking).
 

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I'm of the opinion that for leisure country trips the ABS would be optional as you are predominantly in control with limited necessity for emergency braking. On the other hand if using the bike as a comuter then definitely the ABS option as in traffic you never know who will do something stupid and you need to 'emergency' brake (grab a handful of stopping power without locking the front type braking).
I like this answer. I never use my bike for commuting but use my reliable Skoda. :) When driving to work or home i often find myself distracted. This never happens when driving my bike for the fun miles.

I also wonder if insurance for bikes without ABS will rise next year. It's ideal for an Insurance company to pull ones leg off. (So called in Dutch)
 
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