Oct 14, 2006

Braking: Exercise Two - Faster

Yamaha YZF-R1Exercise 2: Faster
Once Exercise 1 becomes easy to do, try stopping earlier without losing the smoothness. This is not easy. Repeat, it will take a lot of work. But work at it. Remember you are not going to grab the front lever and stop. That is what causes the skid and the fall.

Lemme quickly explain why. Traction is a combination of friction (if you don't know that word, look it up) and weight. While friction is more or less constant in a given situation, adding weight can raise the amount of available traction. Let me give you an example. Make a namaste with your hands and start rubbing them together, moving the palms up and down against each other. As long as you don't try to press the two together, this is easy (friction constant, weight low = low traction). The moment you start pushing them into each other, you will find it harder to do (friction constant, weight high = high traction).

When the weight transfers forward on the motorcycle, it gives the front tyre more traction. And so, you can use the front disc harder. But not before the weight has transferred. Which is why the first exercise is about keeping up (and not outrunning) the weight transfer.

Again, roll out at 60 kph and just do everything smoothly, but harder so as to stop earlier. Again, stopping earlier than exercise 1 is good enough for the moment. Don't rush into exercise three.

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