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Using the Anti-Lock Brake System

Some Indian Motorcycle models are equipped with an Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS). The ABS automatically reduces brake pressure as needed to provide optimum braking control, reducing the chance of wheel lock-up during hard-braking events or when braking on rough, uneven, slipper or loose surfaces. See the Safe Riding Practices section of your Owner’s Manual.

The ABS cannot be turned off on most models. The exceptions are certain FTR 1200 models. On some FTR 1200 models equipped with the 4.3-inch RIDE COMMAND Touchscreen, the ABS can be disabled through the touchscreen menu.

ABS should not be deactivated when traveling on public roads. Deactivation only is suitable for off-street use like race tracks or dirt roads.

The ABS indicator always illuminates when vehicle power is turned on. It remains illuminated until the anti-lock system activates, which occurs when vehicle speed exceeds 6 mph (10 km/h).

When the lamp is illuminated, the anti-lock brakes will not activate, but the conventional brake system will continue to operate normally.

When the anti-lock brakes engage during a braking event, the rider will feel pulsing at the brake levers. Continue to apply steady pressure to the brakes for the best stopping performance.

If the ABS light does not come on when the key is turned to the ON or PARK position, see your authorized Indian Motorcycle Dealer for service.

If the lamp continues to illuminate after vehicle speed exceeds 6 mph (10 km/h), the ABS is not functioning. See your Indian Motorcycle Dealer promptly for service.

Operating with non-recommended tires or improper tire pressure may reduce the effectiveness of the ABS. Always use the recommended size and type of tires specified for your vehicle. Always maintain the recommended tire pressure. For more information, read Indian Motorcycle Tire Maintenance.

The ABS will not prevent wheel lockup, loss of traction or loss of control under all conditions. Always adhere to all safe motorcycle-riding practices as recommended.

It is not unusual to leave tire marks on the road surface during a hard-braking event.

The ABS does not compensate for or reduce the risks associated with:

  • Excessive speed
  • Reduced traction on rough, uneven or loose surfaces
  • Poor judgement
  • Improper operation

For more information, see your authorized Indian Motorcycle Dealer. Find a dealer near you through the Dealer Locator.
Maintenance tips, procedures and specifications can be found in your Owner's Manual.
To find diagrams and replacement part numbers, use the online parts catalog.

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