The brakes of the motorcycle are perhaps one of the most important components that a bike can have because they help slow you down when needed. Without them, your motorcycle would run wild without having any stopping power. Here are some tips on how to stop properly with your brakes.
One thing that we should point out before discussing different braking techniques is that every motorcycle is different, so you should become familiar with the braking system on your bike before you head out and ride. Your motorcycle may have different types of brakes such as anti-locking brakes, independent front and rear braking systems, and many others.
First of all, it’s important that you know that the majority of your braking power comes when you use the front brake, not the rear. This is due to the fact that there is less weight being applied to the front of the bike as there is in the back of the bike. You have to think about it in terms of momentum as well. When you apply the front break, all of the weight of the motorcycle shifts forward, thus putting the most weight and stopping power on the front tire.
When you apply the back brake only, the weight of the motorcycle again shifts forward, but this time there is not as much weight put on the tire that the brake is applying to. That is why if you try to suddenly stop your bike at a higher speed with just the rear brake, you might feel the motorcycle go into a skid. This is because there is not enough weight on the rear tire to get enough traction to slow the bike down without skidding.
There are several important factors that you have to consider when braking your motorcycle. One thing you have to pay close attention to is the type of road surface that you are riding on. This can greatly affect the amount of traction that you are able to get when braking. Gravel surfaces offer little traction due to the inconsistent nature of the surface. Loose rocks and pebbles create a greatly uneven surface that will allow for little consistent tire to roadway contact, so it is important that you apply the brakes slowly in order to prevent skidding. Blacktop and asphalt can take on a number of different forms. It can be flat and smooth, and it can also be rough and choppy depending on how old it is. The key is to pay close attention to the surface on which you are traveling.