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MichaelPadway 04-09-2008 06:36 PM

Lawyer Offering Emergency Braking Tips for Preventing Injuries
 
The following emergency braking tips, offered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, may also reduce your chance of injury:

1. Try practicing applying both brakes to their maximum, just short of locking them up. Try this in an open, well-surfaced location, like a clean parking lot. Better to learn in a controlled environment than in an emergency situation. Use cones to measure the distance until you stop. Keep practicing to get that distance down.

2. You don’t want to be learning this technique in an emergency. Keep practicing at least until you can stop from 50 mph in less than 42 feet. If you have ABS, you should be able to do this without the ABS kicking in.

3. Look where you’re going, not where you’ve been. This is the Zen of motorcycling. Your head will take you were it is looking, so don’t look at that parked car on your right!

4. You never want to lock the front brake; once you do you no longer control it. If you hear the front wheel chirp, release the brake smoothly, then immediately break again, but without locking it up.

5. If the rear wheel locks up, do not release the brake abruptly, but do release it slowly and smoothly. If your handlebars are straight, you will skid in a straight line, which is hopefully a good thing. Your most important priority is to get stopped!

longride 04-10-2008 04:42 AM

And if those tips don't work, we sue the motorcycle manufacturer for unsafe design, right? F@cking cool!

Kenneth_Moore 04-10-2008 05:33 AM

Um, gee, well thanks for sharing, Mike. Next week, Mike's going to fill us in on how to safely refuel that motorcycle without blowing up the bike, the gas station, or yourself.

seruzawa 04-10-2008 05:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Kenneth_Moore (Post 182124)
Um, gee, well thanks for sharing, Mike. Next week, Mike's going to fill us in on how to safely refuel that motorcycle without blowing up the bike, the gas station, or yourself.

I'm still trying to figure out what the added significance of having a lawyer give motorcycle riding advice might be. I'm much more interested in how many years and miles of m/c experience the advisor has.

I guess I should be used to it, though. At work we keep getting "safety tips" on all sorts of subjects from people with absolutely no experience in any of those subjects. I love the one's about how to put gas in your car, drive on ice. The tips on motorcycle safety usually come from some idiot 'expert' in HR who just got out of college and never rode a bike in her life. Some of my favorites are: "never use your rear brake when turning", "cars stop quicker than bikes" and "the roads are more slippery when they are wet." LOL!

"Don't drink paint."
"Alcoholic beverages can cause loss of judgement."

Where would we be without lawyers?

longride 04-10-2008 06:42 AM

Yoooz guys is are such cynical b@stards!

sarnali2 04-10-2008 07:24 AM

He forgot to ad the proper procedure for "laying 'er down" in an emergancy and everyone knows you can't use the front brake...why that'll toss you right over the handlebars !!!!!!

Typical Ambulance Chaser, probably tryin' to salt the pot a little...

sachiwilson 04-10-2008 07:42 AM

Yeah, he was. That's what I deleted.

newagetwotone 04-10-2008 08:36 AM

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Originally Posted by sarnali2 (Post 182129)
everyone knows you can't use the front brake...why that'll toss you right over the handlebars !!!!!!

Its sort of sad thats what my grandfather and dad both taught me when i was little. My dad rode with out the front brake all his life, only had one accident and it involved a tree in the middle of the woods. Then again the biggest bike he rode was under 200ccs and he didn't see too much road time.

bbtowns 04-10-2008 09:08 AM

Your Grandad was right (off road)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by newagetwotone (Post 182139)
Its sort of sad thats what my grandfather and dad both taught me when i was little. My dad rode with out the front brake all his life, only had one accident and it involved a tree in the middle of the woods. Then again the biggest bike he rode was under 200ccs and he didn't see too much road time.

Your grandad and dad taught you right for the dirt they were riding. Off road riding emphasizes the rear brake a lot more than street riding does, it's just incredibly easy to lock up the front. For those with Long Way Down, Ewan does a classic front brake lockup crash in the movie. Doesn't work so well on the street though.

sarnali2 04-10-2008 10:37 AM

My dad insisted I learn to stop with the front brake, I'm glad he did. This was back in the cable operated drum brake days so locking the wheel wasn't as much an issue as now. When I started street riding I had to learn to modulate it a little.


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