ck, good to see you are soaking this up, you are getting some good tips in your thread. I will tell you a true story about compression braking... One year ago yesterday, a rider showed up at our track day with a really nice Ducati that he had just bought on a fly/drive. He wanted to do a track day then ride it back to Ohio. Since he was far from home/friends I told him to pit near me and use my stuff/tools/shade. He talked about riding the hills around Columbus, OH, and about how he would ride all day through those hills and control the speed of the bike with just the throttle and never using the brake. He was very proud of this technique, even had a name for it. I listened, but didn't realize what this really meant until later when he came up fast on some slower riders on the straight then grabbed 4 fingers full of Brembo dual disk front brake. He and the Ducati crashed on perfect pavement on a sunny day due to a complete lack of ability to use the front brake (and judge closing rate, also difficult.). Yeah, he was going fast, but that's not the point. The point is he didn't know how to slow down a motorcycle with the front brake, maybe he was afraid of it, but I don't think so. My point in my earlier post is that you can't learn to be good with the front brake soon enough because that skill can save your butt! Learn both: the moderate/balanced braking and then practice some slow/med/hard stops. The forward weight transfer of a hard stop renders the rear brake near useless. Work up to it, and deliberately learn to modulate/release the front brake lever because sooner or later you will hear that noise that a sliding front makes on various surfaces, and that is when you need to ease off. Same sound as a sliding rear, but a sliding front is potentially more trouble! Have fun, these things are amazing what they can do with some practice!