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Rear Braker...who uses it and what for?


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How many of you use the rear brake (on a street/sport bike), and if so, what for?

Let's see if anyone is willing to respond to this 🙃.  I'll for sure say what I do with it, but rather let some others start, and not color the thread from the start.

 

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I honestly don't use it on street, but it has it's place in certain situations. 

On track, I know it has value, but really have no idea when and where to apply it for maximum effectiveness. Something I need to learn and have in my toolbox for when I do need it.

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Thanks for responding, Iet's see if we can get some others to input, see what others are doing (maybe the same 😆).

 

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I use it for gradual stops ie during the commute, to augment the front- if for no other reason than to use the front less when its not really important, or if braking needs to be really strong.   Maybe by itself if I'm merging in slow traffic, to trim speed for a moment without closing the throttle.   I don't use it when cornering, though occasionally instinct will make my foot want to.    Its way too easy for the combination of forward weight transfer and rear brake to cause trouble.

I replaced the rather indifferent front pads on my bike over last winter, put in some good ones which was a big improvement but I didn't bother replacing the rear- I'll do that when they really are worn out.

In other forums I do hear folks talk about using the rear almost exclusively, which I do wonder about..  they talk about skids and ABS triggering and so on as a fairly routine occurance.   OTOH some of the primarily dirt folks emphasize use of the rear which does make some sense to me from having ridden on dirt/gravel roads but I don't generally go fast enough on those for it to matter much.

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I should probably use the rear a bit more than I do, specifically on bikes without any form of linking, but for me the rear brake's most common use is for holding the bike still at a stop, particularly on inclines.

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I use rear brake for several reasons. I apply a short quick pressure before using front brake to lower CoG so that it lessens load transfer on the front. If I need to trail brake, rear brake will replace front one so that front wheel is not overloaded and slides. I also use it to counter acceleration if I was too gready with the throttle in any part of a turn. When slow riding I usually use it, but knowing how to front brake while slow riding is a good habit to have.

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Is this where my inner 6 year old comes out and says for skids?😉

Riding in traffic I use it for stopping at lights at lower speed (<20mph), slowing for junctions/intersections where I want to free up my throttle hand to go again, and holding it on inclines as mentioned above.  Also where stopping on more of a cross-slope or camber, dictating which foot I am going to put down.

I also use it practicing emergency braking to load the rear suspension just slightly before applying the front brake which seems to keep the stopping distance down - whether I am braking at the bike or my own limits or not remains to be seen.

 

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