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Old 05-13-2008, 05:58 PM   #21
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I always use 4 fingers to stop. I cover the brake (which is a different issue) with two fingers.
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Old 05-14-2008, 03:25 AM   #22
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Fingers?! Pfft... amateurs. I apply the brakes by will power alone!
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Old 05-14-2008, 07:39 AM   #23
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I am used to covering the brakes with two fingers because that's the habit I picked up riding bikes (bicycles not motorcycles). When I took the MSF basic course, my instructors were always on my case because I was covering the brakes and the official MSF training policy is that that's not how you're supposed to ride.

Some Non-MSF instructors will tell you that covering the brakes is a good habit to have. I still cover the brakes and feel safer because it gives me a quicker reaction time, and with my fingers already on the brakes I can just squeeze them instead of grabbing them.

Like others have said, on some bikes if you quickly squeeze them with four fingers you could end up flying off the bike, so you need to know how your bike reacts which means getting familiar with it on a large parking lot.
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Old 05-14-2008, 07:51 AM   #24
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When i was a kid i asked my dad what to do with the front break he said "Nothing, full boot on the rear" :-/
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Old 05-14-2008, 08:02 AM   #25
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When i was a kid i asked my dad what to do with the front break he said "Nothing, full boot on the rear" :-/
I was talking to this guy at the gym who just bought a 105th anniv Sportster. He's probably 50 and a re-entry rider.

He was talking about how the traffic was so much crazier now. He mentioned a recent close call when someone turned left in front of him. "I did the right thing and stayed off the front brake. I just locked up the rear and slid sideways to a stop."

I should have asked him why he didn't just lay 'er down!!!!
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Old 05-14-2008, 08:09 AM   #26
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WOW, i know a guy I went to High school with got his first post college job, he's making 30K a year and bought himself a BMW R1150R and Bags as a first bike. Was told by his dad to use the rear break.

Yea, he ended up going through the rear window of a pick up truck (didn't stop and front wheel went into the trucks rear bumper) and is now deathly afraid of motorcycles. Dumb@ss
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Old 05-14-2008, 08:15 AM   #27
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.."and is now deathly afraid of motorcycles. "


Thank God for small favors.
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Old 05-14-2008, 08:20 AM   #28
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Yea really, the front end is all smashed up, sat in his garage for a month or so before he sold it.

He ended up in a coma for 48 hours. We're all just glad he was wearing a helmet and what not.
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Old 05-14-2008, 08:30 AM   #29
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.."and is now deathly afraid of motorcycles. "


Thank God for small favors.

...is a cruel taskmaster, some people just need to stay off bikes.

A college grad making 30k a year eh? I'm a high school drop out that pays 30k a year in taxes.....funny ol' world innit?

Must be that dam* Union screwing me again......
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Old 05-14-2008, 08:40 AM   #30
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"....., some people just need to stay off bikes."

I'll see that 'some' and raise you to 'most'.
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