When it comes to our survival, as I have mentioned many times before – education, practice and skills are a very important components to minimizing risks. This is especially true when emergency maneuvers are required such as quick stop braking and swerving. Although we want to do whatever we can to avoid putting ourselves in situations where actions like these are needed, there can always be a time when things happen that we have no control over.
When it comes to proficient quick stop braking, the key is to apply both brakes to their fullest potential without locking up the tires. If you’re skidding you’re not stopping, but sliding - not good. Today many models of motorcycles are equipped with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) which is extremely useful to avoid human error of applying too much pressure to either brake that may result in skidding. Yet there are still plenty of bikes out there with conventional braking systems and riders should be well versed and skilled to stop properly; especially if a quick stop is needed.
It is important to use both brakes with knowing the front brakes offer nearly 70% of our braking capacity. Locking up a tire to the point where it skids can have serious effects to our outcome. Locking up the front brake usually results in pulling the front end of the motorcycle downwards to the road surface. This is called a low side crash. In the event you use too much brake pressure with the front tire brake (possibly out of a panic response), it is recommended to release to brake and reapply pressure for control. This can be challenging and hard to achieve since you can be talking about micro seconds to adjust. Using you SEE (Search Evaluate Execute) strategy should also help you recognize road conditions that can also affect braking. Settings that include wet