ABS is better: The eight experienced riders, who spent days doing hundreds of stops on motorcycles protected from crashes by outriggers, made their hardest stops using antilock braking systems (ABS). And that was on clean, dry, consistent pavement, where the advantages of ABS are minimized. Stops improved from .776 G with conventional brakes to .866 G with ABS. That's a substantial difference and reflects how much better ABS is at modulating braking pressure for changing conditions than our minds, which are still mulling over how hot that girl on the bicycle looked. With ABS, you make very aggressive initial braking inputs without having to "feel" for traction. In a panic stop on wet, slippery or dirty pavement, the ABS would be even more effective. Once you use ABS, especially in a hairy situation, it's easy to love it, which makes you wonder why we have exactly zero 2006 cruiser models offering this life-saving feature. (Actually, we know the answer swirls around cost and the legal repercussions of putting a $2000 system on more expensive bikes, where its cost can be absorbed, but not on smaller bikes ridden by beginners who probably need it most.) And, ABS enables you to practice straight-ahead high-speed panic stops in relative safety, since the risk of a lockup-induced crash is eliminated.