Front brake + turned handlebar = falling down
I only used front brakes, even on gravel, except for emergency braking. But that's 40 years of experience or in other words, mistakes. 6 months experience is just getting started. In addition to experience, properly functioning brakes are a must. With experience comes not over reacting when you feel that front tire slip which is where most get into trouble. In other words they panic. I'm not sure there is a way to teach this except by failures and then the rare success. But straightening the bike up is key. Dirt bike riders probably have one big step forward in the use of that front brake in relation to the rear. But I won't even bet on that but think it would be true.the front brake as it provides anywhere from 60-90% of the bikes stopping power. I think many of us have that ingrained into our brains.
That might be the best advice in this discussion. Reminds me of a friend who is paralyzed on his left side from dumping his Harley. He's all right now.Front brake + turned handlebar = falling down
That's pure fact. I actually got a ticket for that once in California. My argument that the wheels were not moving didn't make a difference. He got mad when I asked him if he opens the door to put his foot down from his car. I might have said it rather sarcastic tone too. I used to be able to hold my Electra Glide up for quite awhile or at least I thought it was. Probably just 5 seconds though. 😓Do NOT do it at a motorcycle license test though as many police do not consider a balance stop as a full stop even if the bike wheels have stopped rolling, a complete stop is one with at least one foot on the ground legally.
I do believe they have corrected that omission now. Or at least they have in Texas as I think I remember seeing it when I moved back from California and went to get my Texas license. They seemed shocked that I rode from Cali back to Texas in December but had my bike right out front for them to look at. And that's all they did. Just the written test and I did get one wrong but challenged them and they accepted it. I don't remember what it was but it was a safety thing and my way was for sure safer than what they wanted to see. Wish I could remember what it was though.The policeman that failed me told me the foot down thing was in the driver handbook but I went through every page and again, not a word about it.
An oldy bit a goody. Well done Sir.That might be the best advice in this discussion. Reminds me of a friend who is paralyzed on his left side from dumping his Harley. He's all right now.
Most don’t have the time it takes to go to court and contest the ticket. They know it so they just like to harass the motorcyclist. I know I didn’t and for $35 it just wasn’t worth the hassle. Time off work, parking charges and fuel was far more. Plus the chance of getting in some stupid fender bender, they put courts in the worst places, just wasn’t worth it. I do wish the AMA would go after them though because they do it all the time.No such thing as a legal requirement to put your foot on the ground when you stop a motorcycle. If you get a ticket for failure to stop and you stopped, take it up with the judge.