Braking is one of the most critical aspects of motorcycling and also perhaps the most misunderstood aspects. So when should you rely on the rear brakes to bring your bike to a halt?
There are four main situations where you should use the rear brake of the motorcycle:
When you want to correct the line of the motorcycle while turning: Gently dabbing the rear brake will allow you to get the motorcycle in the correct line in a turn. This technique can also be used in a situation where you need to slow down in the middle of a corner that is getting tighter and tighter. Be sure to be gentle on the brake though as hard braking can cause a low side.
Braking off the road or trail braking: When you’re saddling the motorcycle while riding off-road, quick direction changes can be made by a gentle press of the rear brake.
For coming to a stop gradually: During such a maneuver, you can use the rear brake alone as the force required to slow down is less, and the time needed for the vehicle to come to a stop is ample.
For slow-speed maneuvers: Such as those in a parking lot or in rush-hour traffic where you’re moving in a stop-go fashion.
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