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When to Use Rear Brake Only?

49769 Views 196 Replies 49 Participants Last post by  The_AirHawk
The heavier the bike and the lower teh center of gravity, the more rear brake can be used. Also, with a passenger, more rear brakes can be used for smoother stopping and less front end dive.

A good rule... the engineers aren't stupid, the size fo the brake is a good indicator of how hard it should be used. I beleive the rear brake surface area is less than 20% of the total braking surface.

When do I use only rear brake. At low speeds when trying to reduce the effects drivetrash lash at small throttle positions. I also mostly rear brake at low speed turns where the front brake can be grabby causing a loss of balance. Finally on loose surfaces I will favor the rear. For one reason, the rear tire is wider and therefore easier to control when sliding that the narrower front wheel.

For emergency stopping (I hate the term "panic stop". You never, ever panic on 2 wheels.) ... it's ALL front brake. Engine braking provides plenty of rear braking force... especailly on my BMW twin.
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His idiotic geo-political commentary is entertaining enough.

In a thread that's actually about motorcycles, he really won't' have much to say.

Plus on a sportbike, when you'r'e hard on the brakes, your rear wheel is probably not touching the ground.
Re: Stainless lines and RD350's

I say you buy, fix it up really nice, get bored with it, and then sell it to me cheap.
Re: Wrong too

Stick to the belittling.

GPTB say: Never get into battle of wits with unarmed man.
Re: Farewell MO!

Stick around. We just finished riding the street portion yesterday.
You forgot to include a broomstick and a tube top.
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