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speedee 04-19-2007 07:52 AM

Re: When to Use Rear Brake Only?
 
"MSF courses tell you to use both brakes equally, and rear-only is completely wrong."



Not exactly. The MSF recommends using both brakes to stop so you will develop the habit of using both when something happens that requires maximum braking. If you apply both brakes properly, you will stop in the shortest distance. Can you use only one? Sure, after all who's riding the bike? You're the one who makes the final decision. What are the road and traffic conditions? What kind of bike are you riding? These and many other factors will come into play when you decide what to do.

cyclox 04-19-2007 07:52 AM

Re: When to Use Rear Brake Only?
 
NEVER USE THE FRONT BRAKE, YOU'LL FLY OVER THE HANDLEBARS!!!!!

TheFox 04-19-2007 07:54 AM

Re: Stainless lines and RD350's
 
Yeah, I hear you on "owner's stories", I'm not buying anyhting sight unseen. I've bought more than a few used old bikes, but never a two stroke. 72 CB500/Four; a 76 Goldwing. RD's are simple right? Isn't it stupid cheap to replace pistons? Aside from rebuilding brakes and the basic fluids, what else is there that's har to do or expensive on this thing?



Would I be insane to put clip-ons on it and go to the track?



--The Fox

longride 04-19-2007 08:01 AM

Re: Stainless lines and RD350's
 
The RD motor is pretty simple, but something as simple as a crankshaft seal leak can fry the motor pretty quick. Pistons are easy and no valves to deal with. Make sure the plugs look good throughout the RPM range and away you go. Clip-ons and the track would be the perfect place for it. A cheap bike to wail on, and if you crash and burn it, you can laugh it off!

sarnali2 04-19-2007 08:01 AM

Re: Stainless lines and RD350's
 
The expense comes trying to find parts, the actual bike is simplicity itself.



You'd be insane NOT to put clip-ons on it and make a cafe` racer out of it

longride 04-19-2007 08:05 AM

Re: Stainless lines and RD350's
 
By the way, I saw the bike. I'll give you my advice. Go get it today, because it will be gone by tomorrow. It looks good. If it runs, it's worth at least twice what he is asking.

The_AirHawk 04-19-2007 08:16 AM

Re: Wrong
 
Do you take Paypal?

longride 04-19-2007 08:19 AM

Re: When to Use Rear Brake Only?
 
"MSF courses tell you to use both brakes equally, and rear-only is completely wrong."



That is because the MSF course is built around developing basic skills. Those that have ridden more than a few miles have developed their own use of the brakes, which would be inappropriate, or unsafe, to teach newer riders. Using the rear to test traction on a slippery surface, or doing u-turns is not wrong. It's smart. Experienced riders know how, when and where to use the rear brake. cherrypicker has it right.

ksquid 04-19-2007 08:28 AM

Re: Wrong
 
I tried to swerve and caught it near the end with ny front tire while leaned over did a low side. As Agent 86 would say "Missed it by that much" .

ksquid 04-19-2007 08:31 AM

Wrong too
 
Hmm lets say 80% of your braking is done by the front brake on a sportbike. That means if you follow cherrypicker's rule you would only be using 80% of your brakes in an emergency stop. Doesn't sound too smart to me..


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