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Old 09-11-2012, 09:11 PM   #1
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May save your , literally.

Covering the rear brake

I've seen a lot of questions and comments about covering the rear brake while doing wheelies. * This is good practice and will definitely save your , literally. *The only problem is when you're hangin one high and go a little too far back and need to use it to bring you forward it HAS to be a second nature action. *When you're in "panic mode" it happens way too fast to consciously think about it. *Not all of us have a "fiddy", a quad, or a stunt bike to practice this with so I thought I would share something that helped me. *I was in a parking lot one night waiting for one of the slow riders to get geared up(gear is underrated btw) so I decided to practice tight slow circles(both wheels on the ground). *I found that its much easier to do tight turns using the rear brake as the throttle control. *You keep the throttle just off of idle and use the rear brake to modulate your speed. *This inadvertently made the rear brake second nature and comfortable to use, not to mention how it helped me learn tight turns which is applicable in u-turn situations. *It's also a good idea to use the rear brake in normal braking applications when just cruising or riding normal. *It will help you get a feel for how much you can apply it. *It helps significantly in heavy braking situations. *Most riders probably do this anyway but I know I didn't use it for a while after I started riding. *The tight circles may only help cover the rear brake in sit-downs. *I actually didn't even think of practicing tight turns in a stand up position until now while I was writing this. *This info may not help everyone but I know it helped me so I thought I would share. *If it saves one of your it will be worth the time it took to write it. *Clutch it up and cover your rear( AND brake)!
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:22 PM   #2
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why not just back off the throttle a bit and then get on it again to keep the front end from coming down hard..

or get a hand break for the rear..

i am no expert on one wheel commuting, but, it seems normal to cover the brakes at all times..
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:59 PM   #3
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I only cover the rear brake when I do stoppies cece ugh thumb
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:03 PM   #4
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I should probably put this in the stunters lounge. They may understand where im coming from.
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:11 PM   #5
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werd. was riding around on the 50 the other day and clutched it up in 2nd a little too hard, then instantly i jammed the foot brake and grabbed the handbrake and back down i went. although rear brake management is not as sensitive as a big bike.
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:21 PM   #6
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i don't like wheelies, ive been hurt on a "fiddy"......... i wrecked a 50.

don't judge me.....
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What an incredible idea. I wish you had written this sooner.
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What an incredible idea. I wish you had written this sooner.
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Here is a novel idea, ride with both wheels on the ground and you wont have either issue.
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*This info may not help everyone but I know it helped me so I thought I would share.

Very nice of you to write this up. Thanks for sharing
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:19 AM   #13
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I think MSF actually teaches dragging the rear brake when doing slow and tight turns. I've been doing that for awhile.
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Wait....Y'all have two brakes on your bikes? WTF
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Doing wheelies worn out my sprockets and chain, now patrick is putting new metals on it. I for 1 will never do it again..
But when I did, I always hit the red switch to make sure I wouldn't over throttle so no need to flip my right foot 90 degree angle up (while wearing boots)
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Doing wheelies worn out my sprockets and chain, now patrick is putting new metals on it. I for 1 will never do it again..
But when I did, I always hit the red switch to make sure I wouldn't over throttle so no need to flip my right foot 90 degree angle up (while wearing boots)
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:48 AM   #18
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Doing wheelies worn out my sprockets and chain, now patrick is putting new metals on it. I for 1 will never do it again..
But when I did, I always hit the red switch to make sure I wouldn't over throttle so no need to flip my right foot 90 degree angle up (while wearing boots)
I find it hard to beleive that someone would stop doing wheelies due to chain and sprocket wear. The balance point is such a sweet feeling. It's like hitting a home run except you can do it any time you want. It's more likely that someone would stop doing wheelies because they wore out their chain and sprocket TRYING to do wheelies, which I can understand. When one slip of the clutch can carry you 1-5 miles there isn't much excessive wear going on. Slipping the clutch over and over to carry you 10 feet each time could wear out some teeth and stretch a chain. As for the "red switch", "flip my right foot", and "90 degree angle up", I have no idea what you're talking about.
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Can someone teach me how to wheelie?
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Good post and I don't even stunt.
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