Oct 14, 2006

Braking: Summary

Yamaha YZF-R1In summary

  • Do not, repeat, do not grab the front brake, it's an assured fall
  • Do not stay on the rear brake when braking hard with the front, you will lock up your rear and go down
  • Use the rear brake is mild quantity to smooth the transition from acceleration to braking and from braking to a dead stop. If you do this well, you should not rock in the saddle
  • Practice makes perfect
  • If anyone tells you that the maximum braking on a motorcycle comes from the rear wheel, tell them to go fly a kite.
  • Learn to trust and respect the front brake. It's the only thing that's going to stop you.
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