Shiney up Rubber down
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Belgium (used to be in FL)
Bike: 04 Red R6 and 09 White R1
Re: front brake technique
Agreed with all of the above. No right or wrong. Me personally though, I ride with my index and middle fingers resting (not pulling, just setting) on top of BOTH levers.
This might sound stupid but I have read a couple of books about riding techniques, and most of the books I have read suggest using these two fingers. Reason.... It takes about half of a second for your body to react and move your finger(s) from the throttle to the brake/clutch lever. And at 60 mph that is 88 feet PER SECOND that you are traveling. So, if it takes you .5 seconds just to get your fingers from the throttle to the levers, you have already travled 44 feet!
Using the index and middle finger also helps with blipping the throttle on down shift and if you ride alot of corners it helps with trail braking as well.
One more fact about why I only use two fingers... modern sportbikes brake systems are WAY more powerful than a cruiser or harley's brakes. Over use of them will cause some pain, so why not just use two fingers and not have such a big chance of (literally) grabbing a hand full?
As for your other question... I use my brakes about 70% front 30% rear. The reason for that is because while your bike is slowing down, that is *about* what percentage of traction your tires have to the ground. If you brake more with the rear it could *and i say could because it doesn't happen often* break loose on ya (but it's not likely unless your standing on your rear brake) and because I am more comfortable depending on my front brakes.
Now, don't get me wrong, if I'm just cruising through town, it is not unlikely of me to slowly come to a stop and a redlight with JUST my rear brake. Only if I'm goin pretty slow though.
But yeah about 70front 30rear, not 50 50. You will learn alot more about the performance of your bike as you get more miles. Take your time and learn what your bike can do for you before you really push it....
Hope this helps you out man
Shiney up Rubber down
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Last edited by asdfjklm; 06-19-2007 at 08:01 PM.