Friday, May 9, 2014
Motorcycle Braking tips, especially for low speeds
Motorcycle Braking tips, especially for low speeds. Many times motorcycle riders tip the bike or crash at very low speeds when the motorcycle is least stabilized. Often this is due to using the front brake at a very low speed. An example would be when you are going through a parking lot and looking for a place to park and someone steps out in front of you. If you hit the front brake hard at 10 mph and you are not completely straight it could cause you to tip over. At very LOW speeds I only use the back brake. During Normal riding you should use both brakes. The front brake has about 3/4th of the stopping power. Often riders will not use enough front brake in stopping a motorcycle and for most stopping situations you need to make sure you apply the front brake well. But at very low speeds, such as 5mph or 10 mph, the bike is not stabilized and often at those speeds you may be making slight turns. If you hit the front brake hard at 5 or 10 mph you could tip it over, if you are not perfectly straight up. You see a lot of very low speed accidents due to this. At very low speeds, like 5 to 10 mph, the back brake only is best.