I haven't had a bike with ABS before. I know many people like to say that they have marvellous control and can dispense with it, but a mad panic, whites of the eyes do or die on a wet road calls for ABS.
There's some good videos at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY6nEDeIa78 (part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0bDFRriIls&feature=related (part 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QtfP7EXkx4&feature=related (part 3)
Do I need it? Hell yes. The IIHS recently found evidence that ABS is effective in reducing fatal motorcycle crash rates. Study motorcycles with ABS had a fatal crash involvement rate 37 percent lower than that for their non-ABS versions during the study years. This difference was statistically significant from zero at the customary 0.05 level. Thus, there is considerable confidence that ABS is preventing fatal crashes among motorcyclists. The full article is at: