faffi Posted December 12, 2014 Report Share Posted December 12, 2014 The greatest, most important item on my motorcycle is the front brake. It gives me comfort, it relaxes me, calms my SR and is quite frankly as close to a friend as a mechanical object can be. It is what I lean on when I have to stop or slow on perfect asphalt, on a wet and bumpy road, on gravel, on snow and on black ice. Unless the road is rather slippery, I have no qualms heading for the front brake even mid-corner. I know I have discussed variants of this them before, but recently I have spent a lot of time analyzing my riding and why I act how I do when propelling my motorcycle down the road. And I think the answer for my intimacy with and reliance upon the front brake is down to the fact that I know how it works. I am confident with how it influence my motorcycle. For several years now, I have tried to brake earlier and get back on the throttle earlier. I have also found a compromise; I still brake later and deeper than what's supposed to be ideal, but a lot earlier than I used to. So I'm OK with it. At times, it is also better than the typical very (too) late braking I have been used to. However, there is a limit to this, a point where turning in off the brakes become scary. Frightening. I cannot tell exactly where the limit is - it seems to change from corner to corner as well as the speed allowed by the corner - but I know that my limit is lower than for many others. Lower than people I can leave behind with ease if I'm in front, riding the way I feel comfortable. Even repeating the same corner at the same pace that I know to be safe from experience fail to ease the sphincter-tightening feeling I get. Entering the same corner at the same pace, but slowing on the brakes, feels tons better than doing it under neutral throttle. So I have concluded that for my purpose - road riding - it is better to do what I feel in control with than to continue to work towards a style that feels awkward and downright dangerous, regardless of what the theory suggests. Does anybody else have similar "hang-ups" that they cannot or will not rid themselves of? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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