There’s no way to disable the ABS unless, probably, you yank a fuse. Could be your daily commute requires a six-pack of stoppies or a series of hacked-out arrivals to your reserved parking space—if it doesn’t, you won’t care that the ABS is always on. It’s true that the CBR’s front binder is a bit wooden at the lever, and it’s also true that you can feel the slight lag as brake application at the pedal first goes to the back disc and thence to the front. If this were a short-wheelbase, torque-belching monster needing expert guidance and lock-tumbler precision, these complaints might be valid. But the CBR is so cheerful, so forgiving of rider ineptitude or indolence that they just don’t matter. ABS onset is smooth, cutting in promptly when needed but also giving the brakes back to your control quickly.