FRONT BRAKES?

Moto Mengy

Motovlogger from PA, USA
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Four fingers is not proper technique. Preference or not, off road or on road.
When I took the motorcycle safety course back in 1988 they absolutely taught us to use all four fingers on the brake lever. In emergencies you want to be able to provide a lot of quick progressive pressure, and four fingers are better than two for that. Plus it prevents the possibility of getting fingers pinched between the lever and grip which could hinder applying full pressure. There isn't always time to think things out in a panic stop, so minimizing the chances of an accidental pinch is good.
 
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L. Bilious

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Right, I'm gonna throw a spanner in the works now.....


I've looked back at old trackday photo's and I've braked (and clutched) with 3 fingers!


I've now got gloves with the little and ring fingers connected together and use 4 fingers on track.

On road I generally use 2 fingers and forward vision to not need to brake hard.
 

Pooley

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Already contributed my opinion, but it's clear many of us have different views on the topic so I wanted to show why I use the brakes this way with some practical examples :)
 

WEB

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Four fingers stronger than two! Not all roads are perfectly flat and dry without some sort of dirt, oil, sand or cracks filled by tar. Four finger grip will apply more force and thus be more dangerous in emergency situations.
So why do people upgrade their bikes brakes then?

That's it, i'm replacing my brake pads with wood. There will be less force on the discs therefore it is safer
 

KapGranite

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Its really hard for me to say what % of either front or back brake I use. Its gotten to the point now that I just know what brake to apply during situations that I just don't normally think about it. It honestly would probably be a pretty even my between the two. I am normally in areas that are 40mph on average and go up to 55mph so probably use the back brake a little more. And if I had to stop a bit faster its more so a evenly applies front and back.
 
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TBRD

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So. Front brakes pretty much terrify me. How necessary is it to use front brakes on a day to day basis for you guys? I've just started riding recently and as of now I really just make like a 5 minute ride back and forth to work, and I literally never touch them. I pretty much just always imagine myself going over the bars. lol Any advice or pointers would definitely be much appreciated. I've read to kinda start with the back brake then slightly use the front, like go 10% to 20% and so forth until you're at a full stop, but I still can't bring myself to decide when to use the front brake or if it's even necessary most of the time.
I would second what so many folks here have already said. I would really encourage any rider to take a training course like the one MSF provides. Front brake is your stopping power and it is nothing like riding a bicycle where you can easily apply too much and flip. I have been riding for nearly 2 decades and still practice braking drills regularly in parking lots. Your back brake on a motorcycle is going to lock up very easily due to weight distribution. When I am doing hard emergency braking it is common for my rear ABS to kick in but I have yet to induce the ABS system even when progressive and really hard on the front.
 

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