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View Results: How many fingers do you use for braking?
I always have 1 finger out ready to go 24 12.70%
I always have 2 fingers out ready to go 64 33.86%
I only put my fingers out when I have to brake 63 33.33%
2 fingers for dirt / four for the street 9 4.76%
l use all of them - I need as many as I have got 30 15.87%
My hippohands prevent me counting how many I use 8 4.23%
Obligatory fvck loaded 9 4.76%
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:10 AM   #1
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Two fingers or not two fingers - that is the question

Is it nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of misfortune for using one or two fingers?
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is it better to use all the fingers that you may have available on your hands??
Lots of arguments both for and against have been seen by this reader so what is the consensus? Is it a hard and fast rule or does it 'depend' on the situation??
Defend your choice
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:12 AM   #2
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What kind of oil do you use?
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:18 AM   #3
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What kind of oil do you use?
Massage oil
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:51 AM   #4
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the problem with using two fingers is what happens when you pull the lever real and there is still avaiable traction but not enough distance.....your unused fingers are trapped between lever and bar and you cant squeeze any further...And beleive it or not but the most power in the hand is utilised when you use the pinky...
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:17 AM   #5
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The lever never varies on my LC4E and it can't trap my fingers no matter how hard I pull. Well maybe it could. But I will never find out because it is either going to instantly lock the front or do a spectacular stoppie if I pull hard.

So power is the last thing I want. Finesse at the lever is way more relevant than power on that bike. So, for me on that bike, it is one in the dirt and two on the street. And even using two is overkill. That KTM has wicked good brakes
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:52 AM   #6
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One finger iz all I needz ta git her off.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:18 AM   #7
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All four on my motorcycles, neither of which have super powerful brakes. I would modify that as necessary depending on the brakes/machine -- on my mountain bike with hydraulic disc brakes I only use two.


Oh, and contrary to popular belief, I have no problem blipping the throttle for smooth downshifts while squeezing the front brake at the same time.

I will also cover the brake in suspicious situations or through crowded intersections/etc with all four fingers but I don't cover the brake constantly.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:44 AM   #8
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the problem with using two fingers is what happens when you pull the lever real and there is still avaiable traction but not enough distance.....your unused fingers are trapped between lever and bar and you cant squeeze any further...And beleive it or not but the most power in the hand is utilised when you use the pinky...
Get a bike from this century!
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:52 AM   #9
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The lever never varies on my LC4E and it can't trap my fingers no matter how hard I pull. Well maybe it could. But I will never find out because it is either going to instantly lock the front or do a spectacular stoppie if I pull hard.

So power is the last thing I want. Finesse at the lever is way more relevant than power on that bike. So, for me on that bike, it is one in the dirt and two on the street. And even using two is overkill. That KTM has wicked good brakes
yup, gotta love good brakes and (relatively) light bikes. One finger in the dirt, two in the street here.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:58 AM   #10
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The poll seems to be missing my option. 2 fingers - but only out when needing to brake or anticipation of needing to brake. I cover the brakes anytime I go through an intersection where there are cars waiting to proceed. But, out on the interstate, all by myself, all my fingers stay on the grip.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:02 AM   #11
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Get a bike from this century!
I was gonna tell him to bleed his brakes.

I'm always ready to brake in an instant by covering both my clutch and brake levers with 2 fingers at all times and on all the bikes I've owned, 2 was/is always enough WHOA! power to get the task accomplished.
My opinion (as applied to myself, so the touchy crowd doesn't take offense) is that if more then 2 are needed, I wasn't riding pro-actively enough and my head must've been up my ass.

Noticing others habits/opinions around here, I understand WHY ABS has become so popular
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:10 AM   #12
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It depends on what I'm riding.

One on some.

Two on others and then there are the ones that like:




Index finger over the brake lever 90% of the time for me... Even while droning down the slab. It is what is the most comfortable for ME due to breaking my right hand a couple of times (non moto related)
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:30 AM   #13
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For me it's constantly changing,
I go with whatever my guts and perceptions tell me to do, cover the brake, clutch, horn, highbeam, throttle, whatever might be needed.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:04 AM   #14
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There's no option for me too...

Thumb and index finger grabbing the throttle, three "oustide" fingers covering the brake lever at all times.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:10 AM   #15
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can't vote...

I use middle, ring and pinkie on the brake. All four on the clutch.
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