I went down to our usual Saturday morning practice this week, and it was a nice wet day. This gave me the chance to do something that I'd been wanting to do for a while... test out the ABS in the wet. I thought I'd share some of my experience with whomever was interested. First, some context: Bike: CB400 (2010). Conditions: wet with large puddles Where: Marina car park (usual Sat morning practice location) So, after getting down there, I decided that with it being so wet, it was too good an opportunity to miss out on, so I saddled up, did a few laps of the car park, then decided to check out the brakes. At first, I did a simple E brake on the wet pavement, but next to a big puddle from about 40km/h. All went very smoothly, and this was just a test. The next was at 50km/h, then the rest after that were at 60km/h. I've often tested the ABS in the dry, so I knew what that felt like. First off, the REASON I know what that's like is because I deliberately tested it to check it all out. How does it feel, how hard do I need to brake to feel it etc... Once I had a handle on it, I've been using the ABS (dry) as a gauge for when a lockup would occur, and then doing a release, reapply. The goal is to know how to brake, whether I have ABS or not, not to just rely on the ABS. I found that in the wet, the ABS felt quite different. In the dry, the ABS would grab and release very quickly, giving you a fairly quick pulsing. In the wet, the release and grab was much longer, particularly when hitting the breaks as hard as I could from 60km/h in the middle of a big puddle. Depending on how I applied the brakes altered the feeling, and when it kicked in. Some of the tests were done as a hard grab, a "panic" grab so to speak. This caused the ABS to kick in very quickly, both on the pavement and in the puddle. Most of the tests however, were a setup and squeeze. I found with these tests that the ABS was less aggressive (at the start) but almost always needed to kick in at the end of the brake. (note, the back brake ABS kicked in most of the time, but that's common. This is because I tend to use both front and back break, and the back wheel has very little weight on it, so not much traction). So, the sensation was, breaking hard, all my weight going forward etc (into my knees on the tank) and about 1-2 meters before completely stopping, I could feel the front ABS let the wheel go, probably for about a meter (at a guess) then grab again. The bike would stop straight away at that point. While the question from you may be, would the bike have stopped a meter earlier if the ABS didn't do that, I'm 100% convinced that the answer is NO. Without the ABS, I would've lost the front end in a big mess. Probably the most notable thing about this test was this: Without the proper technique, I would most certainly have crashed. Let me say that again. Even with the ABS, if I didn't keep my head up, my weight on my knees etc, the ABS wouldn't have saved me. As I was hitting the brakes hard in the puddle, I could often feel when the bike started to loose traction, and the bike was begin to go out of shape. Then the ABS would kick in, and I could feel the bike straighten up again. This was while I was sitting upright, with my weight central and gripping the tank, so my body wasn't applying too much counter productive weight transfer on the bike. If you look down, you will always look down either left or right, and your weight will go that way. Had I done that, I think I would've gone down. So, in the end, I was really happy with the ABS. It was interesting, because I felt much more comfortable squeezing the brakes as hard as I could in a big puddle at 60km/h than I did turning the corner at the bottom of the car park to start my run back up again.