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 Post subject: Safe Riding #11- the Secret to Improving Lap Times
PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 5:02 pm 
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60+% of braking power is the front brake. You can brake 3-4 times stronger than you can accelerate, but only if you get back and use both brakes.

Use one or two fingers. Practice a light touch on the rear brake. Ride the rear brake to discover the exact pressure just short of lockup. Stay back when braking!

The rear brake provides good stopping power when you stay back on the bike. It also stabilizes the bike.

You must get hard braking right. This is only possible through practicing it every time you get on the bike.

Learn the point just before the tire, especially the rear, breaks loose. But don’t lock up the rear tire. Remember, move back, to weight the rear tire for more traction.

There are a number of braking exercises, many of which I learned from Gary Bailey 25 years ago. Find an open area. In first gear apply front brake until it locks up and then release a little. Repeat until you get a feel for when the brake is about to lock, and hold it there. This is the best way to learn heavy braking. Plus, you will how a bike acts when the front locks up, and how to avoid crashes.

Practice stoppies. Ride along in first or second gear and move forward a little, back off the throttle and haul on the front brake in one movement and the rear wheel will pop up. Raise the rear higher and higher.

Braking harder and later is much more important than accelerating! Focus on using both brakes hard, and staying back to weight the rear tire.

Practice braking into a smooth corner. If the front end breaks loose, ease up. There is a critical balance point you must learn.

Braking bumps often develop. Often you can avoid these with line changes and later braking.

Accelerate until you have to use 100% braking to make the corner. Brake as hard as possible, at the last second. You can easily catch up to and pass the rider ahead.

On the track or trails, brake as late as safely possible. Reduce your braking distance by braking harder. This will chop your lap times!

Don’t coast, unless conditions absolutely require such for safety. Rather than closing the throttle, then hitting the brakes, transition them.

Remember, stay back while braking, then near the apex move forward, over the gas tank, then slide back as you sit to lock your thighs in, and put your inside leg forward, and jam down the outside leg on the peg, as your knee pushes in on the tank. This is all done in one smooth movement.

If you're coasting into the corner, you did too much braking too early. The slowest part of the turn is usually when you ease off the brakes, lean it over, sit, and get on the gas.

Ideally, if you're not on the brakes, you should be on the gas. Not necessarily hard, but powering through the turn. Gary Bailey called this FOFO- full on, full off. One or the other. No coasting.

John 3:16 John 14:6
'03 KX250/310 #95
'01 KX500 #10

Last edited by Joe Reitman on Thu May 18, 2006 5:01 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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