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I will be purchasing a 2007 GW and I would like the premium audio and I would also like the ABS. I really am not interested in the Comfort or Navigation packages. The difference in price between the premium audio and the ABS model is $3500. Is there some way that I can put ABS on the GW after I purchase it for less than $3500??

Thanks for your help.

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I doubt it. With all the work and cost of parts... You might as well get it with the extras even though you don't want them - would help resale.

But here's an idea - it might be easier to remove stuff than add stuff. You might be able to remove and sell the heated seat and grips and come out ahead there? You'd love the big NAV screen so you'd probably want to keep that rather that swapping out for that little LCD. Just thinking it would be easier buy it all and remove what you don't want than to try and add ABS later.
 

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Why not buy a late model (02-06) with ABS and without all the extra bells and whistles? Lots of them still under warranty and low miles.
 

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Didnt want the Nav when I bought mine either......but now that I've used it I wouldnt want to be without it........I love it
 

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jamie said:
short answer is no
The long answer is "No," too...

And, that's about the long and the short of it. :lol:
 

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For those that have it, is ABS really that useful? After reading many problem posts about ABS in this forum, it seems like a headache (just something else to break). How often does it kick in? Only in emergency stops? or in ordinary stops in wet weather? I haven't had any issues in wet weather without it (knock wood) but I do take it easy when it is wet. Just curious if the ABS riders would buy ABS again.
 

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gcgst1 said:
For those that have it, is ABS really that useful? After reading many problem posts about ABS in this forum, it seems like a headache (just something else to break).
What problems have you heard about the ABS? That's about the only thing that's been almost 100% trouble free on the GL1800. :? Do you know something we don't?

If it saves your bacon once it's worth the price you pay for it. Hospital bill and air flight $65,000. Crashed motorcycle damage $14,000. A lifetime of aches and pains because of this crash is life altering. :( ABS seems kind of cheap if you look at the numbers$$$.

I've seen it work in the past and I bought a '06 with it even though I can't spell GSP and I have no use for the heated items in Florida. It might just be worth that much extra to me.

Many people thinks ABS is magic or something. The only difference between the non ABS and ABS is the ABS will not let either wheel lock. You would never know which brakes your bike has until you locked a wheel and the bike went out from under you. Then you would know you didn't have ABS. LOL....
 

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Red said:
gcgst1 said:
For those that have it, is ABS really that useful? After reading many problem posts about ABS in this forum, it seems like a headache (just something else to break).
What problems have you heard about the ABS? That's about the only thing that's been almost 100% trouble free on the GL1800. :? Do you know something we don't?
Red, search on "ABS" and "problem" in this forum and you will see many hits.

Here are a few:

http://www.gl1800riders.com/forums/view ... bs+problem

http://www.gl1800riders.com/forums/view ... bs+problem

http://www.gl1800riders.com/forums/view ... bs+problem

http://www.gl1800riders.com/forums/view ... bs+problem

http://www.gl1800riders.com/forums/view ... bs+problem

http://www.gl1800riders.com/forums/view ... bs+problem

I am not arguing against ABS. I was faced with the same dilemma when I bought mine. ABS sounded cool, but I didn't want to pony up the extra bucks for all the other stuff.

Anyway, I just wanted to know how often it actually did anything for you, vs. the possible extra maintenance issues.
 

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My best riding buddy has a 1200 BMW.. and of coase it has ABS... 3 months ago the ABS light stayed on constantly... he took it to the BMW
dealer to find out it will cost $1600.00 to repair the ABS..

so no matter what some say... ABS systems do have problems..

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gcgst1 said:
Red said:
gcgst1 said:
For those that have it, is ABS really that useful? After reading many problem posts about ABS in this forum, it seems like a headache (just something else to break).
What problems have you heard about the ABS? That's about the only thing that's been almost 100% trouble free on the GL1800. :? Do you know something we don't?
Red, search on "ABS" and "problem" in this forum and you will see many hits.

Here are a few:

http://www.gl1800riders.com/forums/view ... bs+problem

http://www.gl1800riders.com/forums/view ... bs+problem

http://www.gl1800riders.com/forums/view ... bs+problem

http://www.gl1800riders.com/forums/view ... bs+problem

http://www.gl1800riders.com/forums/view ... bs+problem

http://www.gl1800riders.com/forums/view ... bs+problem

I am not arguing against ABS. I was faced with the same dilemma when I bought mine. ABS sounded cool, but I didn't want to pony up the extra bucks for all the other stuff.

Anyway, I just wanted to know how often it actually did anything for you, vs. the possible extra maintenance issues.
So 6 issues on this report from how many people that have ABS bikes? One of them is traced to a battery going bad - makes a total of 5 questions. The majority seems as well with new bikes (meaning still under warranty and potential some manufacturing component problems).

There are way more problems in the other components of the bike than in the ABS.

Even if the ABS goes south, you still have a bike with regular brakes that can be ridden.

As to the original question, ABS cannot be added after the fact as it will cost significantly more than just a few parts.

If you never experienced breaking a bike with ABS in wet conditions in an emergency you have no clue how much breaking is possible in such conditions. This is something that even the most excercise will never teach you.

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reinerka said:
So 6 issues on this report from how many people that have ABS bikes? One of them is traced to a battery going bad - makes a total of 5 questions.
Did I say these were all of the problem reports? No, I said here are a few. I am not going to weed through 500+ hits and figure out which ones are real problems. My point is that Red's claim that ABS is almost 100% trouble free is BS.

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There are way more problems in the other components of the bike than in the ABS.
No argument here. But don't claim ABS can't/doesn't cause additional maintenance headaches. If I don't have it on the bike, it can't give me trouble.


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If you never experienced breaking a bike with ABS in wet conditions in an emergency you have no clue how much breaking is possible in such conditions. This is something that even the most excercise will never teach you.
That is the type of feedback I was looking for.
 

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My point is that Red's claim that ABS is almost 100% trouble free is BS.
Dude, it's not "BS" as you want to call it. The ABS is one of the most trouble free items on the GL1800. At least they haven't been recalled or service bulletins issued. That tells me they aren't a trouble spot.

When I stated "Almost 100% trouble free" that's was my opinion and what I meant to say. I've been around ABS 1800's since they were introduced in late 2000.

If you're that concerned about a possible problem why don't you buy a bike with mechanical brakes, one carb, and one cylinder? :no: Screw all these modern 1990's updates on the Wing. LOL...

Anything can be a possible maintenance/repair issue. You have to decide in your own mind if it's worth it.

FYI.... The ABS is fantastic on dry clean pavement also when you have a leg and hand full of adrenaline! BTDT :)

If I don't have it on the bike, it can't give me trouble.
Too Funny!
 

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I follow this board extensively and I pay close attention to problems that come up. Red is 100% correct. The ABS is probably the most trouble free system on the GL1800 and there have been very few problems with it.

Doing a search on the words ABS and Problem will not give you good results. Just because those two words exist in the same post does not mean anything at all, so your search results are pretty much useless.

For example, I could say:

"I have never had a problem with my ABS" and that would be a hit.

Or how about "The problem with not having ABS is"

Or "My problem with the ABS is that they package it with the Nav"

Or "The ABS on my bike saved my life today. It prevented me from hitting a car that pulled out in front of me. I would have locked the rear (and maybe the front too) if it hadn't been for ABS. Best money I ever spent, sure glad I got it. I just wish drivers would look out for bikes more. It only takes one problem driver to ruin your day"
 
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