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The following emergency braking tips, offered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, may also reduce your chance of injury:

1. Try practicing applying both brakes to their maximum, just short of locking them up. Try this in an open, well-surfaced location, like a clean parking lot. Better to learn in a controlled environment than in an emergency situation. Use cones to measure the distance until you stop. Keep practicing to get that distance down.

2. You don’t want to be learning this technique in an emergency. Keep practicing at least until you can stop from 50 mph in less than 42 feet. If you have ABS, you should be able to do this without the ABS kicking in.

3. Look where you’re going, not where you’ve been. This is the Zen of motorcycling. Your head will take you were it is looking, so don’t look at that parked car on your right!

4. You never want to lock the front brake; once you do you no longer control it. If you hear the front wheel chirp, release the brake smoothly, then immediately break again, but without locking it up.

5. If the rear wheel locks up, do not release the brake abruptly, but do release it slowly and smoothly. If your handlebars are straight, you will skid in a straight line, which is hopefully a good thing. Your most important priority is to get stopped!
 

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Um, gee, well thanks for sharing, Mike. Next week, Mike's going to fill us in on how to safely refuel that motorcycle without blowing up the bike, the gas station, or yourself.
I'm still trying to figure out what the added significance of having a lawyer give motorcycle riding advice might be. I'm much more interested in how many years and miles of m/c experience the advisor has.

I guess I should be used to it, though. At work we keep getting "safety tips" on all sorts of subjects from people with absolutely no experience in any of those subjects. I love the one's about how to put gas in your car, drive on ice. The tips on motorcycle safety usually come from some idiot 'expert' in HR who just got out of college and never rode a bike in her life. Some of my favorites are: "never use your rear brake when turning", "cars stop quicker than bikes" and "the roads are more slippery when they are wet." LOL!

"Don't drink paint."
"Alcoholic beverages can cause loss of judgement."

Where would we be without lawyers?
 

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He forgot to ad the proper procedure for "laying 'er down" in an emergancy and everyone knows you can't use the front brake...why that'll toss you right over the handlebars !!!!!!

Typical Ambulance Chaser, probably tryin' to salt the pot a little...
 

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everyone knows you can't use the front brake...why that'll toss you right over the handlebars !!!!!!
Its sort of sad thats what my grandfather and dad both taught me when i was little. My dad rode with out the front brake all his life, only had one accident and it involved a tree in the middle of the woods. Then again the biggest bike he rode was under 200ccs and he didn't see too much road time.
 

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Your Grandad was right (off road)

Its sort of sad thats what my grandfather and dad both taught me when i was little. My dad rode with out the front brake all his life, only had one accident and it involved a tree in the middle of the woods. Then again the biggest bike he rode was under 200ccs and he didn't see too much road time.
Your grandad and dad taught you right for the dirt they were riding. Off road riding emphasizes the rear brake a lot more than street riding does, it's just incredibly easy to lock up the front. For those with Long Way Down, Ewan does a classic front brake lockup crash in the movie. Doesn't work so well on the street though.
 

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My dad insisted I learn to stop with the front brake, I'm glad he did. This was back in the cable operated drum brake days so locking the wheel wasn't as much an issue as now. When I started street riding I had to learn to modulate it a little.
 

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My dad insisted I learn to stop with the front brake, I'm glad he did. This was back in the cable operated drum brake days so locking the wheel wasn't as much an issue as now. When I started street riding I had to learn to modulate it a little.
I think they should disconnect the back brake for the MSF class and then the 1st 3 months of ownership. My unnamed riding pal STILL uses only the back brake, and this is after having put his Road King into a guard rail after entering an exit ramp a little too hot. Every time I ride behind him I want to scream....
 

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Oh Yeah? Well once global warming kicks in and the temp goes up 30 degrees and the seas rise 20 feet, I'll be living right on the beach! We will see who is laughing then!
I'll still be laughing because I'll own beach front property also! It's Buz, Ken & Pushrod who are going to be treading water.
 

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I was lucky to have a rabid motorcyclist for a father, guess we can't all be so priviliged....

30 foot rise in the Pacific would, gimme a hell of a view. I've been wanting to buy a boat too, oddly enough.
 

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Yes, but...

That would be very bad... water level rise that is... I live in Pittsburgh, the whole city would be under water. PPG building would be pretty cool looking though.
... every cloud has a silver lining. Washington, DC would be under water too.
 
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