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As most of you know I've only been riding about 5 months now and most of that time repairing what I ride. So, when and how do you use the front and rear brakes. Is there a "rule-of-thumb" guide as to when to apply the front brakes only, rear brakes only, or the combination of both? I find myself using the front brake a lot because its easy. I don't have to move my foot.

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I use both brakes all the time. The situation will determine how of which brake I use. If I need to stop in a hurray I will use more rear brake thann the front. Don't want the front wheel locking up.

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As most of you know I've only been riding about 5 months now and most of that time repairing what I ride. So, when and how do you use the front and rear brakes. Is there a "rule-of-thumb" guide as to when to apply the front brakes only, rear brakes only, or the combination of both? I find myself using the front brake a lot because its easy. I don't have to move my foot.
Hi Teacher. First, I also highly recommend seeking out and taking at least one motorcycle safety course. You will not regret it. I have a lot of miles on bikes, but have not ridden a lot in the last 19 years, so I'm taking another course in the spring to hone my skills.

Second, you will find this in training manuals, including the one from your state's department of licensing. You need to use both brakes most of the time. The front brake provides approximately 3/4 of your braking power, but it is not safe to use it by itself most of the time. If you need to stop fast, it is imperative that you use both brakes together. You can read the braking section in the Texas Motorcycle license manual on page 11 online. Here's the link. Texas MC manual

The more practice you get doing this, the more prepared you will be in an emergency. If it is already habit for you to use both brakes together, then you will do it in an emergency too.

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Both Brakes when you want to slow down. no brakes when you want to speed up. Sorry i couldn't resist . John is right a safty corse is well worth the money. Even after riding for years i still learned alot and unlearned a few bad habits I had been carrying for years.

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To paraphrase what the guys are saying, "they didn't put the rear disk brake on for looks". Use both. You'll have better control, you'll have twice as much rubber on the road trying to stop you. Your brake pads and tires will last longer. If you're on slippery ground use the rear brake gently, it's not nice to lock up the front wheel, causes adrenalin OD.

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When riding the moutains, on occassion where you are required to do a lot of braking, it is best to use your front and assist with your rear. You have more breaking power with your front and also have dual disks which will remain cooler than the single rear. I've had occassion when taking the ride into the Black Canyon of the Gunnerson in Colorado where I lost my rear brake just as I got to the bottom. This was a 16% grade where my top speed was about 15 mph.

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I read that Texas drivers manual from cover to cover (so to speak). Thanks for the link, good reading.

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These guys are right, most of time use both breaks almost equally!

Exept in "Gravel" then try not to use your front break!

And if you have to "LOCK" your back break up at high speed and you are the least bit "side ways or leaning don't let off the brake, stay with it or it will "HighSide" you , it will "slingshot" you in the air and maybe into traffic!

Down shift through your gears so you don't have to use much Brake at all!

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Teacher, I just want to bring interlocking brakes into the discussion, even though your bike will not have them. I suppose it is stated somewhere but I don't offhand know how the interlocking ratio back to front, is set up.

I always try to use the foot brake so as to get the interlocking action, and bring in the hand brake at the same time IF I deem it necessary. I will also use only the hand brake to TWEAK my speed if I am running straight. I always use the foot brake if braking is required in a turn. This method seems to wear everything equally, and seems safe.

I got this all from a 20 year Winger.

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I think if you look in the owner's manual Honda recommends using both brakes as does the Washington driver's manual but I suppose it's another one of those different strokes kind of things.

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