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Braking Technique

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Talk' started by skyler.severns, May 24, 2007.

  1. This maybe a repost sorry but I couldn't find anything with the search.

    zooki and I were talking about braking. What is YOUR technique on braking. Do you use the engine to slow you? Both brakes? Front brake? Back brake?

    As I brake I apply the front brake gently apply the back brake and start downshifting. Thus minimizing the stoping distance and putting me in first incase someone is barreling down behind me and I need to move. Also feel free to go into detail if you brake differently at different times or situations.

    Then once I'm bored I'll go play in parking lots with all the responses lol.
  2. depends on the situation.

  3. If you get some time feel free to elaborate im all ears...eyes?
  4. well, if my hands arent on the handle bars i use the back brake.
    if i am sitting on the tank with my feet in front of me i use the front brake.
    if i feel like sliding the ass end around i hop on the back brake.

    in most situations i brake with equal pressure front and back
  5. I'm going to say this for cornering and whatnot, since (I hope) it's pretty standard knowledge on how to brake at a stoplight. Essentially the same technique could be used either way.

    When approaching a corner, My first step is to downshift. May it be one or two gears, I'll get to where my bike is slowing itself down via engine breaking, generally upwards of 9k RPM. This slows the bike down and prepares it for the corner without disrupting the chassis. If more braking is needed, I will use my front and try to get any actual brake use out of the way before I enter the corner. The rear brake is used only occasionally, generally if I feel I'm understeering a bit or if I'm entering a corner way too hot (which is quite rare these days).

    My rear is just not used too often anywhere as it supplies maybe 5-7% of my stopping force. It is more for guidance in a corner as opposed to actually stopping the bike. Look at the tiny single rotor on the rear compared to the two massive ones on the front....
  6. eric

    eric Slow Eric

    As you brake harder the rear brake has increasingly little effect. I only use my rear brake much in parking lots, it makes sharp turns smoother.
  7. GixxerPete

    GixxerPete Forum Synopsizer

    WOT until you see Jesus, then throw out the anchor. :mrgreen:
  8. RedBullRider

    RedBullRider dirttrack44m

    I count to three after i see GOD 8)
  9. I apply all my breaking technique on the track, the same could be transferred to the street, if you're really interested, pm me and I'll be happy to enlighten you.
  10. eric

    eric Slow Eric

    I hope to be so enlightened on the track soon
  11. I use the brakes to brake, and the engine to accelerate for street riding. I down shift as the RPMs get down around idle, blip the throttle a hair and shift. I use both front and back brake most of the time. The front brake only some of the time. With cross-linked brakes the front level applies light rear brakes anyway, so I'm just keeping the habit of using both brakes manually.

    Brake pads cost less and are easier to change than clutch plates.
  12. gixxerjeff

    gixxerjeff emw2k9 beer pong champions

    i grab the lever really really hard.

    but in reality. when i down shift i lightly put pressure on the rear brake while sitting back on the seat to keep the traction maxed out and then grab a bunch of the hand lever
  13. i try to touch the lever to the grip as quickly as my hand is capable of doing so.
  14. cost less? yes, in most cases. easier? marginally at best on most sportbikes. i can change out a clutch package faster than i can swap pads on three calipers.

    besides, if you're revmatching, you're not wearing out the friction discs much.
  15. I try to mostly use engine braking on the street. That way, if I have misjudged a corner, I have plan 'B' - brake.
  16. I never use the back brake. That is nothing but trouble looking to happen. I just read a story about a guy on this forum that locked up his back brake didnt I? He was behind some cars going 4mph.. he freaked out, then locked up his back and dumped, I think?
  17. GixxerPete

    GixxerPete Forum Synopsizer

  18. GixxerPete

    GixxerPete Forum Synopsizer

    The rear brake is an invaluable tool, when used properly. (kinda like the front brake) Just because someone used it improperly doesn't mean you shouldn't use it.

    It seems we've gone from the old-school cruiser crowd that rarely if ever used the front brake, to sport riders that rarely if ever use the rear brake. A motorcycle has TWO brakes for a reason, learn to use them both properlye and you will be a far better, safer rider.
  19. flame me all you want but i love my rear brake. i practice emergency stops at least 3 times on empty backraods. i can see a noticable difference when stopping with both brakes compared to just teh front..
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