Doug, 2011 R1200RT Polar Metallic
MSF #127350, Instructor, Louisiana Dept of Public Safety
Motorcycle Safety, Awareness & Operator Training Program
NAUI Instructor #36288, Board Member, Divers Alert Network
Originally posted by Brinkleylane:
>just my opnion. I think get get to have one?<
For the time being....but watch out for Mwraps driving around your neighborhood.
IBA #44567 Pres. Springfield BMW Roadriders
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."
This is the sort of thing that's going to be occurring across the automotive industry.
For example, my service information for my SUV indicates the batteries in my tire pressure monitoring system sensors have a 7-year life and I'm looking at replacement of these sensors--at $200 each--in the near future. No, the batteries are not DIY replacable, nor should they be, as a 7 years is a pretty good lifetime for all the components of the sensor, which lives in a pretty harsh environment.
Lots of cars--and the gov't is about to mandate all--now come with traction control, which is just an expansion of what ABS can do. It's just going to be tough for folks to enter the market on the cheap buying used bikes or cars and not expect to encounter some pretty expensive repairs of electromechanical components. Yes, there's a pretty robust Federal gov't recall system regarding safety components, but it's not certain to me unlimited life is a requirement.
It would be good to interpret the fact that BMW's making ABS now standard equipment on all models indicates their increasing concern as regards their liability. I'd expect ASC (traction control) to be the next thing made standard. Then maybe next free rider training made mandatory for bike purchase (like Porsche just about). Given the maybe dangers of motorcycling, lets rather just hope motorcycles can continue to even exist in our society. Pretty much frivolous "class actions" is not a way to help that.
'12 R1200RT, '02 R1100S, '84 R80G/S
One thing to remember also, for a long time ABS I brains were just paperweights if they threw the dreaded Code 7. Then some ingenious fellow in Japan took the time (and a significant amount of time it must have been) to dissect the complete inner workings and figure out how to fix them. Now folks have a $200 or so option when those lights start to blink.
Not saying that might happen any time soon with today's brains, but there sure seems to be a developing market for such a thing...
Making component cost comparisons between cars and a small market motorcycle is irrelevent to the discussion. Most cars are built in quantities FAR greater than motorcycles, even the most popular ones. Parts like a final drive on a car can be built with much larger, heavier components, same for electronics. Because cycle parts are made in far less quantities than car parts it stands to reason the cycle parts would be more expensive. Car ABS controllers aren't serviceable, so motorcycle ABS controllers should be? Also, if it were rebuildable, and you rebuilt it wrong, and a crash resulted because of that error, who is to blame?