I would like ABS, but no bike I have ever owned has had ABS. For whatever reason, the planets never aligned just right. I doesn't bother me at all that I don't have it, but I think it would be cool if I did.
I predict that the day will come that ABS will be mandatory equipment on all new motorcycles sold in the USA.
I think the transmission type will impact your day to day experience with the motorcycle more than the presence or lack of ABS will.