How Many Fingers Do You Use On The Front Brake?

Evans Brasfield
by Evans Brasfield

Whether it's one, two, or more, front brake mastery is essential for your survival.

Remember the Bad Old Days when rider education consisted of: “Here’s the clutch, gear shift lever, and the throttle. Don’t touch that. It’s the front brake, and it’ll kill you.” Well, times have changed, and all motorcyclists who’ve spent any time studying the art of riding are familiar with the proper use of the front brake. That, however, doesn’t mean there is no controversy about its use. Nope, motorcyclists can find an excuse to argue over almost anything. Today, it’s not whether using the front brake is dangerous but rather how many fingers you use on the lever.

So, in our efforts to thoroughly research everything motorcycle related, we turn to you, oh devoted MOrons, to settle the issue once and for all time. How many fingers should you use on the front brake lever? Though we’ll be tallying the results in a poll form, feel free to let us know why you do what you do and how those who do differently are out of their freaking minds.

Evans Brasfield
Evans Brasfield

Like most of the best happenings in his life, Evans stumbled into his motojournalism career. While on his way to a planned life in academia, he applied for a job at a motorcycle magazine, thinking he’d get the opportunity to write some freelance articles. Instead, he was offered a full-time job in which he discovered he could actually get paid to ride other people’s motorcycles – and he’s never looked back. Over the 25 years he’s been in the motorcycle industry, Evans has written two books, 101 Sportbike Performance Projects and How to Modify Your Metric Cruiser, and has ridden just about every production motorcycle manufactured. Evans has a deep love of motorcycles and believes they are a force for good in the world.

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