goodStillTry'n wrote:I lied. I can't resist getting more input.
Great advice for a beginner. We all learn motor movements teh same. We start with gross movements (on/off) then we refine those to more precise movements (25%,50%, 75% etc). You should always use both brakes (hopefully your BRC covered that). However when turning at slow speeds overapplying the front brake can quickly cause the bike to tip over. Here until you get more proficient with the front you may choose just to use the rear brake.I remember my MFS class stressing to stay off the front brake unless you are upright and going straight?
Do you remember the stopping in a turn video from your class? It gave two means to stop in a turn. The first and best is straighten and THEN brake. The second way start braking while straightening but be careful not to overwhelm available traction
Until you get instruction in a more advanced technique you should follow what you learned in the BRC. Get all your slowing done before the turn including any downshifts you need; look through the turn; press to initiate your lean; roll on the throttle smoothly evenly and constantly through the remainder of the turn. Use an outside inside outside path of travel as appropriate and try not to turn in too soon.So....before I go out and get hammered on the bends: tell me one more time, please. I should maybe drop a gear...use the front brake....and then throttle out to the exit?
You should always use both brakes. It's a good habit and good form. However your front brake supplies as little as 70% of your stopping power. If I were to use a brake, I'd use the most powerful one.have been on the rear (I call it "dragging" the rear) and I should use both: but especially the front?