UR B-hind Da 8 Ball
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: East TN
Bike: '03 R6, XR400, V-Star
Re: Close call
Lemme tell you a few things about the guy who wrote the DMV handbook.
1. He obviously never rode on a real road, in real conditions, in real traffic. He tells you to ride in the center of the lane...you know, where all the oil and grime is. This also makes your best escape path less effective. Riding in the left wheel track gives you better traction and allows a quick escape path to the left if, for instance, the car in front of you stops short.
2. He never priced the difference in cost between brake pads and transmission components. He tells you to use downshifts in conjunction with brakes to come to a stop. A couple of problems with this: a. it increases the chances of causing a lock up or skipping of the rear tire(not quite as bad with a slipper clutch like on the 3rd gen R6), and b. I have had to change transmissions for people who are overly aggressive with this technique....good for my pocket, not theirs.
3. He had to write it with all types of bikes in mind (same for MSF). Sprotbikes react very differently than cruisers under hard braking. The rear brake on a cruiser is much more efective. With a sport bike, the rear wheel will actually leave the ground when youbrake hard resulting in what you experienced.
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