spthomas Posted May 29, 2012 Report Share Posted May 29, 2012 As a track day rider I always use the front brake. I sort of joke to friends that the rear brake is my emergency brake. So yesterday I had a track day and this was the first time I was on my bike in 6 months. It's much faster now since I've put track plastic on it So I was coming out of the last turn (right hander) on to the long straight at Putnam and some guy passes me on my right and hits me. His tail bumps the front of my bike and something shiny flies off. My bike is OK and he just keeps on going, so I resume accelerating down the track, thinking the part was something off the back of his bike. At the end of the straight it's time to slow down for turn 1 and I suddenly realize that shiny thing was my front brake lever- it's completely gone! So I'm thinking I need to carry more speed trough the turn anyhow but I'm 50mph faster than normal, so I just use my rear brake, rear wheel skipping, but I get slowed down enough to make the turn OK and just continue around the track in 3rd gear with my hand up so I can get off. I never did figure out who did it although another guy came up to me afterwards and was behind both of us and verified the story; he had been run wide by the same guy a few turns earlier. So don't forget about that rear brake, sometimes it comes in handy! 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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