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babyblade41

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babyblade41 says:

front or back brake?

just been reading some advice given to a poster who was having trouble keeping bike upright when braking.

I however only use the back brake when on gravel or such like, after over 25 years have I been doing it wrong all this time?

I must say i use a lot of engine breaking, and the brakes on this new one are crap, HH hopefully to be fitted

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ninjachica

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ninjachica says:

Front

Having finally replaced my back brake after 40k+ miles, I have noticed that I only use it on downhill entries to roundabouts.

The o'h never uses his.

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babyblade41

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babyblade41 says:

nj

glad I'm not the only one, do you think it's an age thing as newer riders are taught better than we were, or not taught at all back in the days

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babyrocket

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babyrocket says:

rarely bother

the back brake unless in a very tight spot in an emergency, the fronts enough for me all the time.

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preunit

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preunit says:

I

use mine all the time, town riding,obs,correct gear selection and rear brake if needed,no?.

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babyblade41

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babyblade41 says:

unit

I'd forgotten where mine was:shock: but then I'm crap riding a bike now:biggrin:

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SlowLearner

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SlowLearner says:

Rear brake

What about when coming to a complete halt, though?

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babyblade41

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babyblade41 says:

don't use it then

either:wacko:

oh dear:blink:

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spondonste

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spondonste says:

Rear Brake

I use mine frequently. Using the rear brake when stopping  with a pillion can reduce the forward shifting of the passenger, it can help settle the bike when going in to a corner without excessive forward pitching, it's essential for balance point wheelies (not that I'd ever advocate that sort of thing :wink:) and can slightly stop the front end being pushed when going for it in a bend. 

 

From some of the comments I can understand why Honda developed combined braking systems. If you learn how to use the rear brake then you realise CBS systems take options away from the rider as a bit of rear brake can get you out of situations that a handfull of front brake would get you in to.

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jaffa90

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jaffa90 says:

brakes

we should really use our back brake to the maximum because a back end skid/ slide can be controlled easier than an uncontrolled  front.So spondonste is talking sense to me.:smile

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SlowLearner

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SlowLearner says:

Rear brake

Spondonste - agreed about the combined brakes.  This new FJR of mine has a semi-combined system.  It apparently also uses just a small proportion of the front brake when the rear is applied.   Not had it long, but it seems to work pretty well.

Not using the rear at all to come to a dead halt in a hurry seems a bit unwise to me... I'd have thought you'd want to slacken off the front towards the very end, and finish on the rear.  Otherwise, the bike is going to be bottoming out on the forks, anything less that completely straight bars is going to want to pitch you off.

JMHO... I'd like to hear others weigh in on this.

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