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MOTORCYCLE BRAKING SKILLS

Don’t panic! That’s the base message when it comes to using your brakes properly…

Riding

Dovi – moderating his braking force like a pro…

There are a host of things riders need to know in order to be confident in braking. What does hard braking feel like? How hard is too hard? How much is enough to lock up my front tire or endo? Can I recover from a locked front wheel and, if so, how? Any rider without confident answers to those questions is (to some degree) afraid of the brakes.

Today’s litre bikes have maximum braking roughly equivalent to hard acceleration, around 0.9G, or, a rate of change of about 19mph per second. While smaller displacement bikes can’t match the acceleration, most provide an equivalent stopping force. With anti-wheelie control and ABS, these numbers are not difficult for a ‘seasoned rider’ to experience. Unfortunately, ‘seasoned rider’ applies to, well, less than one per cent of the 150,000 riders we’ve observed.

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