Would rather be riding
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Mountain View, CA, USA
I'm not sure what you mean by "non-assisted brakes", I thought all next gen GTs (06+) had the same braking system.
Anyway, I also tested my ABS a lot when I first got the bike, and do so every now and then still. I did hard braking front only, rear only, and combined on gravel, dirt, and dry and wet asphalt.
IMHO the ABS on the KGT is superb. It always did exactly what I expected. I still routinely feel the ABS kick in on the back because I seem to have developed a habit of over-braking on the rear (especially while downshifting), but that's minor and the ABS is helping me kick that habit.
I find it a little surprising when the front ABS does kick in, mainly because I'm slowing down so damn fast by then! The bike stops really quickly, faster than I typically anticipate. That is, I always expect the ABS to kick in sooner. I actually find it very comforting to know that I can literally just squeeze the hell out of the front lever and stop quickly and safely.