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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-06-2017, 12:53 PM
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Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Bellevue, Washington, USA
Year: 1972, 1981, 1985
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Originally Posted by AZgl1800 View Post
I was perusing my Bookmarks Index list and purging dead links, and this one popped up and I thought might be a useful reminder to us uh, shall we say, Senior Citizens??

what I was looking for, was a thread on proper Braking, and this came up, and I think the gentleman addresses it quite well. this is from his #7 link


Virtually all crashes are preceded by the rider using his brakes to reduce his speed or to attempt to stop. He must do this before, during or after his (failed) attempts to counter-steer, lean and turn. Unlike an automobile, motorcycles have separate controls for the front and rear brakes, further complicating the decision-making process. Riders with off-road experience can be confused by the grip available on smooth, comparatively level asphalt. Learning how to slow down in the shortest possible distance will give a rider maximum protection from injury—and possible DWI arrest.

I won't reprint it all, just do yourself a favor, and take a sip of beverage and review what he says. We might not all agree with everything he says, but it is for darn sure, a good review for any of us.
Good article, i only disagree with the statement not to use the rear brake when wet. I do almost all my riding in the Seattle area. Riding in the wet needs to be as natural as riding when dry. I would add, practice braking under different conditions, dry, wet, dirt, corners and on hills. Learn the bike's responses and limits. I believe motorcycling is a lot like piloting an aircraft. There are proficency standards for pilots, make your own for motorcycling.

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