I can't think of any advantages of disabling the ABS system for normal street use. Granted, an ABS brake system is a more complicated set up, with more to potentially go wrong. But to disable a perfectly good ABS system makes no more sense to me than disabling, any one of many, other safety switches/devices on the modern motorcycle. They just work too well to justify removing them.I bought mine and it came without ABS. I was kinda bummed, but I've been seeing people talking about pulling or disabling their ABS. Is it just so you can skid to a 180° stop every time you're ready to park it? That's why I would do it (because that's how bikes are parked, obviously), but there may be other advantages of which I am unaware
rkturbo, thank you for the leg work. I will give this a try on my sons bike after I remove the entire ABS system. We are currently riding track days with the warning light on and like several of you I don't like warning lights on that I ignore or tape over. Jumper wires work for me as well as resistors.Kiwi, I was digging into the wiring on this a while ago and here is what I’ve come up with. The ABS unit only touches the ECU at the rear wheel speed sensor. It’s self contained pretty well. The front speed sensor, goes nowhere except the ABS unit. The diagnostic line ends at the diagnostic terminal, so it doesn’t touch the ECU. The LED for the ABS light has it’s own line. I would assume it wouldn’t turn on if it was disconnected (rare case it uses a ground signal at the meter, so we ground it?). The other wires are just power and relays. So my thought is if you bridge the wheel speed sensor input/output and speed sensor power supply, the ECU won’t see anything different, speedometer should work fine. We all know my favorite fix for anything on this bike is jumper wires...
Here’s what needs tested. The input voltage going into the unit (pin 7, BW/W wire, powers a ton of stuff outside of this) needs to match the voltage coming out of the unit (pin 6, BK/O). I would assume it would. If you look at the non-ABS wiring, the rear wheel speed sensor touches the ECU directly, I added a few pics to better visualize this.
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No problem! I had to diagnose an ABS issue I created for myself, so I got pretty cozy with it. Definitely keep us posted, I might be able to help sort out any issues we come across.rkturbo, thank you for the leg work. I will give this a try on my sons bike after I remove the entire ABS system. We are currently riding track days with the warning light on and like several of you I don't like warning lights on that I ignore or tape over. Jumper wires work for me as well as resistors.
We have absolutely O inspections here in California on our motorcycles. I can remove every bit of smog parts and install pretty much any pipe and their is no inspections. It's possible to get a ticket for loud pipes but rare. Sorry, off topic.Here's what I know: On the Ninja I have just removed the OEM rubber lines from the ABS unit and plugged them. All the ABS electrics including both wheel sensors are still in place. This is the best option as it does not trigger the ABS light on the dash. Therefore I can still pass a Warrant of Fitness (NZ) / Road worthy (AUS) / MOT (UK) / Woteva you call it in the US inspection.
On my SV race bike however I wanted to remove the complete system to reduce weight. I did this last weekend. Despite there being a $hit load of wires on the ABS plug it still starts and runs as per normal with the plug now unplugged. Sure the ABS light is on but doesn't matter on a race bike. So obviously this is a totally different system to the Ninja but I just mentioned it as an example of a bike still operating normally with the ABS fully unplugged and removed. I too would be interested to hear if anyone has any experience of full ABS removal on the Ninja.
That's a nice liberal system you got there! It's pretty good here too. First inspection is at three years on a brand new bike then every year after that. They don't go looking for trouble though. They wont know I've removed all the emissions junk and bypassed the ABS. No sweating required 😄We have absolutely O inspections here in California on our motorcycles. I can remove every bit of smog parts and install pretty much any pipe and their is no inspections. It's possible to get a ticket for loud pipes but rare. Sorry, off topic.
Your bike should also be easier to sell later, given that it’s the first bike for a lot of folks. Having ABS will be a selling point.Some would argue, "why not just buy the non ABS bike in the first place". 2 reasons I went with ABS; the blue colorway was only available with ABS, and ABS equipped bikes generally have cheaper insurance premiums. i gather it is not really a big mistake there.