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Old 08-05-2012, 10:58 AM   #1
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rear brake usage on the race track

Last year I put track riding on hold in preparation of my daughter being born. I finally got around to building my R1 back to a track/race bike. During my off time, I been watching a lot of pro racing of all levels. I also have 2 of my sponsored riders that have raced a few AMA rounds this year. I've concluded that a majority of the pro riders use a lot of rear brake along with the front. If you watch some racing action on TV, pay attention to their right foot, and you'll see just how much rear brake they use EVERYWHERE!!! The only time I ever used my rear brake on the racetrack was when I found myself running off into the dirt. Heck, I thought it was easy to lock up the rear tire with the rear brake. I finally got a chance to ride again with Ridesmart yesterday at MSRH and decided I was gonna try out the rear brake theory. I only got in 4 laps and my day ended early due to me crashing my newly built bike Within 4 those 4 laps I already found myself 4 seconds away from my personal best of 1:37 out there. In 2011 I rode a total of 3 times. Besides a couple sessions on my streetbike with Fastline at the MH BBQ, these 4 laps is all I had this year to try and get up to pace. Here's a little video I got, for some reason the video cut out before the crash. I was hoping it would've caught it, since I crashed on the side the GoPro was mounted on. Wish I could've got more laps with more camera angles as well. I'll tell ya one thing, I'll be using the rear brake a lot more often now!

Thanks to P1 Racing for building my badass suspension also!!! Didn't even get a chance to tweak my suspension and it was already feeling awesome right off the start!!! I'm betting I will beat my personal best out there next time out!
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:23 AM   #2
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Did you notice any changes in the turn in of the bike when you used the rear brake in the hard braking zones, mainly say on the pit strait? I have been trying to research the advantages of using the rear brake on the track.
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I am very glad your alright!
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Old 08-05-2012, 01:31 PM   #4
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Tony, 4 laps that's it?? Sucks!

Glad you're ok though!
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:47 PM   #6
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There is a tension in the tires at threshold. Just before it slides or locks. The more you recognize it, the more comfortable you'll be and faster.

And lock it up sometimes on purpose, especially when wet so you know exactly where it is.

And I'm saying nothing in the past or future ever will feel like today

Until I'm parking in an ally just hoping that my is safe.
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I was just coming in when you were leaving, caught a small glimpse of the bike, and I was hoping it was just the heat getting to me.

Glad your ok Tony.
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Thumb brake. I would like to replace my foot brake with a thumb brake. I used to use my hand brake setup on my stunt bike all the time. I had more feel with that. I was using the clutch, hand brake, front brake and throttle all at the same time.
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:37 PM   #9
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yeah, well John... bring your skinny out to tmgp and use your rear brake there...
I use mine all the time, since i have no front breaks to speak off... gonna fix that though.
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Old 08-06-2012, 03:48 PM   #10
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Bad Angle man!! Glad your ok. Wanted to say hello to you yesterday, but didn't have time with all the shooting and instructing. Wanna try to start using my rear break too.
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