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Old school riders use their rear brakes a lot more than the front !
Any one out there know why ? :think
 

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All they had..fred and barney could tell ya that?..:laugh
 

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Old school riders use their rear brakes a lot more than the front !
Any one out there know why ? :think
Years ago, drum front was worthless. It pulled.

Most guys use their rears over fronts, due to being uneducated. The front brakes are 70% of your braking ability and even more as weight transfers.

Most guys think a motorcycle is a bicycle.

Its not.
 

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I'm not old but I use my rear a lot when just slowly pulling to a red light. Assuming I've got time I'll be on my rear only until about 20 then add front brake to come to a complete stop.
 

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Since I got educated I'm using my front break almost exclusively. Add the rear and downshift if it's one of those OMG stops
 

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Since I got educated I'm using my front break almost exclusively. Add the rear and downshift if it's one of those OMG stops
Gotta be a little careful with that downshift for panic stops. Locking up the rear with the clutch engaged can contribute to an engine stall when you can least afford for that to happen. Modern disc brakes have more tham enough power to stop the bike without any help from the drivetrain.

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I use my rear brake a fair bit. there are GOOD reasons for doing it.

Before I go on .. YES the front brake is a lot more effective for stopping power - in emergency stops. and really, BOTH brakes are the best strategy if you want max braking power.

But the rear brake action often stabilizes the bike, and can be very handy. Here are a few places where I use the rear ...

1. When coming to a normal stop (red light or stop sign) .... I may use the front brake mostly to slow the bike, but at the last minute I ease OFF the front and finish with the rear brake. That causes the final part of the stop to be more smooth ... your bike is not tipping over or juddering just as you stop.

2. I use the rear brake for TRAIL BRAKING on curves. This whole subject is controversial. But truth is ... it works great if you are very smooth with the brake and you just use it a LITTLE. Its very good for bleeding off a little extra speed, if you hit a corner "too hot". I only do this to trim a little bit of speed, and get things more under control. You will hear people say that the rear brake tends to change the lean angle of the bike. But truthfully, if you're riding a heavy cruiser and you only use that brake gradually, it will hardly make any difference to the lean. It just gives you one more way to adjust your ride, that's all.

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dT
 
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