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Old 06-12-2007, 07:49 AM   #1
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Braking Technique

http://www.roadgear.com/newsletter/i...ubTopicOrder=2

My pops sent this to me and i wanted to pass it along.
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That is a pretty good read. I have been riding with one or two fingers on the brake and clutch since my motocross and trials days.

The second or two it takes to get your fingers from the grip to the lever can make all the difference in the world.

The other good point is how most sport bikes can jack the rear wheel off the ground easily under hard braking. This is why my rear brake pads last 10 times as long as the fronts...

Something it doesn't mention is trail braking into corners with the rear brake. Takes practice, but you will find that a combination of counter steering and light application on the rear brake can help you slow down in a corner. Touching the front tends to make the bike stand up and straighten out, due to the gyro effect of the front wheel.
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Old 06-12-2007, 08:02 AM   #3
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Good stuff to know I have this as second habit but good info for someone who doesnt know.
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I have a bad habit of bleading speed with the rear break...............after reading this ima have to work on it.
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I have a bad habit of bleading speed with the rear break...............after reading this ima have to work on it.
Find a quiet road or business park. Get in the habit of riding on the of your feet. Start at 20 mph or so, and use just the front. At the same speed, keep getting on the brake harder and harder till it feels like it is going to lock. That will give you a good feel, and you can increase speed in increments till it is comfortable.
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I need to read this very in depth..........
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I ride with my fingers covering the front brakes, but I have a bad habbit of covering the rear brake lever too. I just don't think I can get on the rears fast enough if I'm in a max brake situation, but I've also caught myself getting on the rears way more than I should in some situations.

practice practice practice.
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.....practice practice practice.

That's what it's all about.

Since I am out of town for two weeks at a time, I do a little drill everytime I ride my bike.

Right off the bat, on the way out of the neighborhood.
Drill into my head "countersteer".
Cover the brake.
of the feet.
Relax elbows.
Head on a swivel.
Look thru the turn.
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thanks for good reading/reminder.
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I ride with my fingers covering the front brakes, but I have a bad habbit of covering the rear brake lever too. I just don't think I can get on the rears fast enough if I'm in a max brake situation, but I've also caught myself getting on the rears way more than I should in some situations.

practice practice practice.
When I first started riding the street I used rear brake almost exclusively. Dirt riding didnt translate well to the street
Riding dirt is almost the opposite of street. Dirt the rear is the manin brake and the front will wipe you out.
Street - the front is main brake and too much rear can get you in trouble.

I now use the front brake almost exclusively on the street.
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