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braking practice

A lot of the roads around here are old carriageways that have been paved and they have steep banks on the sides of the road that hide driveways. Originally, roads were graded with flat sections in between inclines so the horses could rest on their way up and down the mountains.

I was coming down one of these roads yesterday at a good clip when I noticed a car backing out of a driveway - a very well-hidden driveway - about 30 yards in front of me.

I already had two fingers on the brake but I managed to lock the front tire for a moment before letting off and going around them. Fortunately, they stopped when they saw me and I passed unharmed. It would have been very nasty if they had not stopped as there was no way I would have been able to stop at the speed I was going and the road was barely one lane wide with steep rocky banks on both sides.

Releasing the brake obviously had something to do with my not winding up on the pavement, but it happened so fast (lock/release) that I didn't actually think about it - my fingers just did it. It served to remind me that while it's fun to have several bikes in the household, it's critically important for me to acclimatize and master the controls for each and not treat rides casually.

Anyway, spent the rest of the ride (after cleaning my shorts) driving more conservatively and practicing proper braking and just wanted to remind everyone to ride safe!


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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-26-2010, 12:13 PM
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I am so glad that it all worked out Jeff, great job of not panicking and locking up the front to the point of hitting the deck. I practice panic stops all the time, it does matter.
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What happens if you lock your front brakes??
Can you still unlock them??

Sorry for the N00b questions, but I never had to slam my brakes (yet) Thank God.

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If the bike is upright you can lock the brakes with relative safety. Keep the brakes locked and you will begin to loose stability and exponentially reduce the likelihood of recovery as the bike begins to fall to one side.
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So true I think there is a thread in here with respect to abs brakes you could look into that as well just for reference
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Definently do heavy braking practice. After awhile your muscles will remember how much force to exert to control peak breaking. This way you have a much less likelihood of locking up brakes, but still will be able to use maximum braking force.

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If you lock your rear brakes, LEAVE THEM LOCKED. Don't release of you'll highside.

I'm far from a pro rider, and I mess up on braking technique on occassion. ABS may be expensive, but I'm seriously thinking of moving to a newer Agusta just to get abs.

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I can't remember that last time I used the rear brake unless I was at < 25 kilometers per hour coming up to a red light / stop sign.
Quick question, does the 2010 F4 have ABS front and rear?
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Does it have ABS at all???

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No, it doesn't. If it would, then they would probably incorporate traction control based on difference of wheel speed.

About rear brake; I use it quite a lot compared to other. When I catch a car too fast to be able to reduce speed just with engine braking, or at slow riding, or when entering corners; I first use rear brake, than front, than release rear, than trail braking and then release the front. I think it somehow stabilizes the bike. But maybe it's just ''placebo'' feeling haha.
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