Anti-Lock Brakes

Anti-Lock Brakes

There are lots of considerations when it comes to motorcycle braking. First and foremost, no matter what type of brakes your bike is equipped with, you should always have the bike straight up instead of leaning before you apply the brakes. Applying too much brake while leaning could cause your back tire to slide out and cause a high side or too much front brake can cause a loss of directional control.

Special considerations for ABS equipped bikes:

  • When you get into the brakes enough for the ABS to kick in you will feel a pulsing in your pedal or hand lever that may be accompanied by a sound. Continue to apply the brakes until you reach a complete stop.
  • You should see an ABS indication light in your speedometer after startup indicating that the system is calibrating itself.  This light should go out once you start to move and reach approximately 4 MPH.  If the light does not go out, see your authorized Harley-Davidson dealer to have the system checked out.
  • If the ABS stops functioning, as indicated by a warning light on your speedometer, your brakes will function like traditional brakes.
  • If you are on a rental bike or other bike that is unfamiliar to you, the easiest way to identify if the bike is equipped with ABS is to look for an electrical wire running down the left fork with the front brake line.