Hmmmm! $2,600 for a new ABS unit isn't a few dollars.
What is the leading cause for the failure of the ABS, ABS I and ABS II units.
If we all flush the circuits, both wheel and control annually, will that prolong the service life of the units...or is it simply mechanical failure of the ABS parts and/or electronics?
Being of German ancestry and a German hard head....ve kan make it betta!, if it was built, it should be able to be disassembled and rebuilt back to factory fresh!....Providing the parts are available.
And then if that is possible.....is it economically viable versus replacing brand new?
And if not, well $2,600 for a new ABS unit is still cheaper than buying a new bike or a used bike that you don't know what might go out next because you didn't do the maintenance. And I think the value of my 02 LT is much higher than $2,600. So lets see.......$2,600/12 years = $216/year......still cheap!
I never had ABS until I started riding BMW 1st one 2000 R1200C and now my LT...so is not like going back to non ABS would be that big or bad transition until I replaced the ABS if it when out.
Too much drama to worry about! What's that expression ...Ride it like you stole it .....and maybe know someone who has a "trailer"!
Oh well, if I worried this much when I go off rode in my jeep, by myself prospecting for the yellow stuff in the deserts of the southwest, and I am more than a 100 miles from then nearest town....I would never leave my couch much less take a trip on the LT! It is what it is!. Mitigate one's risk! Gauge it! And then say, "What the hockey puck!" and hit the open highway. 10 hours + on the open road is better than 10 hours+ listening to my wife tell me about the dramas from her job or which kid did what to whom!
Smile when you ride! You might catch a snack!