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Old 12-24-2010, 02:00 PM   #21
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It also affects the bike's geometry aka "trail" allowing for a faster turn in.

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Old 12-24-2010, 02:16 PM   #22
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do you need a fully functioning rear brake to trail brake?

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Old 12-24-2010, 02:24 PM   #23
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no. trail braking is just hanging on to the brakes as you enter a turn, tipping the bike in and braking at the same time. the name specifically has nothing to do with the rear brake or the way it changes steering geometry.

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Old 12-24-2010, 02:48 PM   #24
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Let's see. Now, I've got to remove my fairings, get a wide-ass motocross bar and put them on high-risers, lower my footpegs and move them forward......
Hey, what's wrong with that.


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Old 12-24-2010, 03:41 PM   #25
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Nice description, #121.

It'd be cool if this thread actually remained informational, as opposed to going downhill from semi-sarcastic comments, which might be fun to some of us but peeps who could seriously learn something here, might get confused. At least I thought that was the reason behind OP's post.

I happen to know what trail braking is but I think it's really cool to describe it in such understandable terms. I am still learning how to do it smoothly.

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Old 12-24-2010, 03:53 PM   #26
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The motard prefers trail braking, even on the street. Setting corner speed early slows it down too much.

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Old 12-24-2010, 04:01 PM   #27
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The motard prefers trail braking, even on the street. Setting corner speed early slows it down too much.
Truth.. I am always on the brakes up to the apex.. keeps the suspension minding it's manners. (minus a couple high sides! lol)

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Old 12-24-2010, 04:31 PM   #28
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The motard prefers trail braking, even on the street. Setting corner speed early slows it down too much.
I can understand.

I drag a little brake into corners out of habit, but I dont bang full throttle, multiple gear straights, late brake and trail it in on the street.

It leaves nothing in reserve.

Few would call me a cautious street rider... but I like to make it there and back again, like Bilbo

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Old 12-24-2010, 04:34 PM   #29
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allister is slow, and rides harleys.. don't listent to him.

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Old 12-24-2010, 04:46 PM   #30
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Anytime! Specially if you are buying!

We could go get dirty? I'm learning my xcw300, its good!

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it's those sexy locks of yours.. lol

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Old 12-24-2010, 04:53 PM   #31
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A good way to safely learn how to trail break is to find a large parking lot; pick a crack or line about 100 to 200 yrds. away; bring your bike's speed up to about 40 / 50mph; break heavy first with the front break while slowly, slowly letting your front break lever out; and, then, hitting the crack or line at a stop right at the point that you let the front break all the way out. The trick is to have a buddy watch you and make sure that you don't bounce the front suspension AT ALL! Do it until you can stop right on the crack or line with the front break fully released WITHOUT bouncing the front suspension at all!

It's the same idea in a corner, as you slowly unload the front with the breaks in a turn you're loading the front more with pressure and force from the turn. Ideally, your front suspension will remain the exact same amount compressed up to, and sometimes even past, the turn apex.

Yet, for safety's sake, try it upright first before you try it at lean angle...

The technique described above in the first paragraph is how Nick teaches students to trail break at the Yamaha Champions School.

I don't think it's very possible to go fast on a track these days if you're not a good trail breaker...everyone's pretty much doing it at this point in time...

Note: For sure just use your front break when starting out...even in a parking lot...leave the rear break alone...

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Old 12-24-2010, 04:56 PM   #32
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A good way to safely learn how to trail break is to find a large parking lot; pick a crack or line about 100 to 200 yrds. away; bring your bike's speed up to about 40 / 50mph; break heavy first with the front break while slowly, slowly letting your front break lever out; and, then, hitting the crack or line at a stop right at the point that you let the front break all the way out. The trick is to have a buddy watch you and make sure that you don't bounce the front suspension AT ALL! Do it until you can stop right on the crack or line with the front break fully released WITHOUT bouncing the front suspension at all!

It's the same idea in a corner, as you slowly unload the front with the breaks in a turn you're loading the front more with pressure and force from the turn. Ideally, your front suspension will remain the exact same amount compressed up to, and sometimes even past, the turn apex.

Yet, for safety's sake, try it upright first before you try it at lean angle...

The technique described above in the first paragraph is how Nick teaches students to trail break at the Yamaha Champions School.

I don't think it's very possible to go fast on a track these days if you're not a good trail breaker...everyone's pretty much doing it at this point in time...
NEW MODERATOR RULE: whatever this guys says in the future, do the opposite.

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Old 12-24-2010, 05:02 PM   #33
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NEW MODERATOR RULE: whatever this guys says in the future, do the opposite.
Okay...forget what I said, do the opposite...don't learn how to trail break safely...loose the front and eat it at high speeds...good plan on how to ruin your day at the track!

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Old 12-24-2010, 05:06 PM   #34
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A good way to safely learn how to trail break is to find a large parking lot; pick a crack or line about 100 to 200 yrds. away; bring your bike's speed up to about 40 / 50mph; break heavy first with the front break while slowly, slowly letting your front break lever out; and, then, hitting the crack or line at a stop right at the point that you let the front break all the way out. The trick is to have a buddy watch you and make sure that you don't bounce the front suspension AT ALL! Do it until you can stop right on the crack or line with the front break fully released WITHOUT bouncing the front suspension at all!

It's the same idea in a corner, as you slowly unload the front with the breaks in a turn you're loading the front more with pressure and force from the turn. Ideally, your front suspension will remain the exact same amount compressed up to, and sometimes even past, the turn apex.

Yet, for safety's sake, try it upright first before you try it at lean angle...

The technique described above in the first paragraph is how Nick teaches students to trail break at the Yamaha Champions School.

I don't think it's very possible to go fast on a track these days if you're not a good trail breaker...everyone's pretty much doing it at this point in time...

Note: For sure just use your front break when starting out...even in a parking lot...leave the rear break alone...
Was there a few weeks ago. Both Nick and Ken Hill (well, and all the instructors) dramatically opened my eyes to what trailbraking can do for you on the track. One other thing not specifically mentioned (though described) is that they both also refer to the brakes as ''geometry control'' as well. Trailbraking allows you to alter the geometry of your suspension actively in a manner that can enhance your cornering abilities.

Buy the book for sure, but if you want a life changing experience on the track, take the Yamaha Champions school. Yeah, its a lot of money but I could have ridden for 10 years and not figured out on my own what they showed me in two days. Reading about it is one thing, but having experts who are able to coach you through it in real life is invaluable.

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Old 12-24-2010, 05:08 PM   #35
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Okay...forget what I said, do the opposite...don't learn how to trail break safely...loose the front and eat it at high speeds...good plan on how to ruin your day at the track!
or take a track day school and learn to do it properly with an instructor.... not in a parking lot at 50mph.

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Old 12-24-2010, 05:10 PM   #36
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NEW MODERATOR RULE: whatever this guys says in the future, do the opposite.
nah...he's actually speaking about a well known taught method....he's just acting like it's his advice...not what he read or learned by someone else

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Old 12-24-2010, 05:19 PM   #37
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nah...he's actually speaking about a well known taught method....he's just acting like it's his advice...not what he read or learned by someone else
everything that each of us know was, at some point in time, learned from someone else. Keep on not contributing and being an ass!

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Old 12-24-2010, 05:21 PM   #38
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or take a track day school and learn to do it properly with an instructor.... not in a parking lot at 50mph.
The Yamaha Champions School is a track day school with instructors who tell you to do this very exercise in a parking lot at 40 to 50 mph. Call Nick at the Yamaha school and ask him if this is a trail breaking technique that they teach...you peeps are freakin' ridiculous...

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Old 12-24-2010, 05:31 PM   #39
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Okay, here goes...

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or take a track day school and learn to do it properly with an instructor.... not in a parking lot at 50mph.
This is NOT a constructive post!

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Was there a few weeks ago. Both Nick and Ken Hill (well, and all the instructors) dramatically opened my eyes to what trailbraking can do for you on the track. One other thing not specifically mentioned (though described) is that they both also refer to the brakes as ''geometry control'' as well. Trailbraking allows you to alter the geometry of your suspension actively in a manner that can enhance your cornering abilities.

Buy the book for sure, but if you want a life changing experience on the track, take the Yamaha Champions school. Yeah, its a lot of money but I could have ridden for 10 years and not figured out on my own what they showed me in two days. Reading about it is one thing, but having experts who are able to coach you through it in real life is invaluable.
This IS A VERY CONSTRUCTIVE post!

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nah...he's actually speaking about a well known taught method....he's just acting like it's his advice...not what he read or learned by someone else
This is NOT a constructive post...

Get it boyz and grrls...

Give # 121 the respect he deserves and post constructively!

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Old 12-24-2010, 05:41 PM   #40
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Get it boyz and grrls...
you're right....i forgot my place. I'm sorry.


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