Rear Brake Usage during Braking

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by ParaMud, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. Homey

    Homey Been here awhile

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    Well, I'm not too many years behind you. I practice with the front brake all the time, especially off road. That way I have a really good feel for when the front locks up and can avoid it or deal with it when it does on the street. I hope to still be out riding and racing (at least with my buddies) well past 69 and hope you do too.
  2. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    I should ride (practice) more too. In the early "70s, in the Dallas/Fort worth area, there were several local non comercial riding spots that were crawling with bikes every weekend. It was truely the "On Any Sunday" era. We had six guys that rode every chance we got. Today attrition has captured three of them (hip replacement/bypass surgery/ nerve desease), and when the remaining three of us go on our yearly trips, our combined age is 210. Those old riding spots are gone to apartments, comercial buildings, parking lots and government restrictions. The nearest comercial riding areas are now hours away, so, it doesn't happen often enough, although I'm not ready to give up yet. Recently I've been seeking out other (younger) groups to ride with, and if I don't take off my helmet, I can usually pull it off.
  3. Homey

    Homey Been here awhile

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    I'm blessed with owning a small ranch here in Ca. I can can just walk out the front door. The weekend before xmas I was out in the desert with two friends and their boys. Our combined age is only 176 (not counting the boys, they really bring down the average) This was the end of an era for us as the boys are all off in the military and it's going to just be the three of us old fogies on our outings from now on. We promised each other to continue our trips to the desert so as long as our health holds up...
  4. corndog67

    corndog67 Banned

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    Para, send your chick to some riding school. There's people on here that give out dangerous information that could get her hurt, and we don't want that. (Back in '39 i went over the bars when I used that damned front brake, and there was the time I had to lay 'er down to avoid that truck, or I would have met my maker, for sure)

    That being said, I try to ride everything I can. I can hop on something with a right hand shift and drum front brake, and still manage to get it stopped. Or a rigid frame Harley with no front brake, I know enough to give everything a lot more room. Also why I ride street and dirt, and try to keep learning at all times. There is no one right answer to your questions about the rear brake. It varies.
  5. rz35027

    rz35027 Been here awhile

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    Why wouldn't you use your rear brake in a panic stop? That's what it's there for.

    All the controls are there for a reason, sometimes you should be using them all at the same time (front brake, back brake, throttle, clutch), moving your body weight around, picking a line... different situations require different manoevers...

    To not be using the tools available to you in a panic situation for whatever reason(?), might not be your best choice.

    Like everybody else, the OP's girlfriend should figure out what these various controls do and practice, practice, practice... like somebody else said "until it becomes muscle memory", no thinking involved.
  6. randyo

    randyo Long timer

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    why are you panicking instead of practicing good "emergency" braking ?
  7. dwoodward

    dwoodward Long timer

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    Apropos of nothing to do with street riding, Ben Spies on the Yamaha M1:

  8. kamanya

    kamanya Andrew to most

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    I ran an experiment to show to a beginner friend of mine the importance the effectiveness of the front and the impact of both vs just using the rear.


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  9. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    Yup. TRUTH
  10. crofrog

    crofrog Long timer

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    and the relevance to this for a sport bike on pavement?

    the 950 is a heavy long wheel base bike.
  11. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    ...about the same relevance as a sport bike on the track! (and IIRC, the OP's girlfriend does not ride a sportbike anyway)
  12. ohgood

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    Sportbikes are light ?

    Go try it on your sportbike on your surface of choice. report your data. I already know the outcome.