That's generally used in u-turns or slow parking lot maneuvers. There are numerous others situations but slow stuff is probably what you are referring to.I read somewhere that there are situations where you apply rhe rear brake but keep he throttle consistent at the same time. What would this apply to?
Ronk said:As to the braking, it's a good idea to always use both brakes when learning riding/stopping so as to train your motor memory to do both as you can't think about it in a panic stop. It has to be automatic to use all your stopping power.
Yep; I don’t think I even worried about what was in my mirrors back in my wild-n-crazy days (daze) because they weren’t there very long – now I find I spend a lot more time checking what may be lurking back there… As for pre-during-post corner braking – what did it matter, given the ineffectiveness of single-shoe (rear) brakes back in the day – we thought it was a big deal if we had twin leading shoe front brakes… Now is an entirely different issue – my low-tech C10 has brakes that rival a small car and it is twenty years old. If used ham-fistedly they can certainly yank the bike.I far from being an expert.
I find I am still getting surprised by the vehicle behind me... I am staying within my ability which is way less than the bikes. I haven’t been approaching corners requiring hard braking or trail braking...
--Something that gets neglected in discussions on cornering is rebound.
This pertains to braking when approaching a ninety degree turn on the street.
MSF teaches: 1. Slow 2. Look 3. Press 4. Roll.
In my opinion, they do not give students enough understanding of the expected rebound effect on the front tire after releasing the front brake. They just say to release the brakes completely before the corner.
I disagree with this.
If after slowing for a turn by applying both brakes, you release the front brake completely, you will lose your front contact patch quite a lot and rebound.
This will reduce your control of the bike and feel very unsettling.
I always carry a little front brake into a turn on the street.
I ease off the front brake as I lean into the corner.
It keeps the front tire planted and the suspension under control.
--As much as possible, I'm a fair weather rider. I did get caught in a hail storm in Montana once. Sounded like someone was smacking my helmet with a ball peen hammer.
Traveling cross country, got to take whatever comes up, or stay another night at Motel 6.
(Haven't ever done that, yet.)
True. But I use engine braking and go slow enough (common sense) to not need much of either brake in those conditions. Feathering clutch when needed as well. But for most folks just slowing down for the condition will work. Just because the speed limit is 75mph doesn't mean you should do 75mph in snow.Everyone here has you going in the right direction.
The only thing I have to add is that be very careful using the front brake in rain and snow. Breaking front end traction can lead to nasty results. I use the rear more and the front less in the snow. And if I do break traction in the snow/rain, what I do is straighten up the bike, gently put in the clutch, then gently apply braking only if I need to.