Acceleration And Breaking – First And Most Important Element In Riding

There’s nothing like the feeling you get when you’re on your favorite road with a familiar bike. You flow through corners as if on a rail, senses peaked, adrenaline raging uncontrollably throughout your body. When it’s completed correct, it’s almost as though everything is moving in slow motion.


You’ve done it dozens of times prior to; coming into the corner tough on the brakes. You feel the rear tire slide and skip slightly to the side as you approach the corner. You ease off the brake as you push the opposite grip, forcing the bike to lean into the turn, with your knee sticking out as if it had been a wing. You continue to slow until you reach full lean and approach the apex, covering the brake and looking deep into the turn.


Then you see it. From the corner of your eye you see what appears to be a rabbit running towards the road. In an instant your mind calculates paths between you and the rabbit, and you understand they will intersect. You’ve already committed to the corner, and you know if you remain on your present line you’ll hit the rabbit. You also know that at that speed and lean angle, hitting even the smallest of animals will greatly upset the bike and likely result in a crash for you.


What happens next has several variables. Some were determined before you ever entered the corner; other people will be determined by what you do next. Motorcycling can be an completely excellent sport, but it can also be frighteningly dangerous if you get into a scenario like the 1 described above without the correct abilities or preparation.


Your riding skills are some thing to be mastered by means of practice, patience, and as you will (hopefully) soon come across out, common sense and natural reaction. These abilities must be honed into a natural reaction by those of us who weren’t born with them.


The 1st and most crucial element of riding is acceleration and braking. They involve (and are largely dependant on) various other elements such as dynamics and physics, grip, and sudden inputs. These elements are mastered only with practice and are the foundation for nearly every other element.


Braking is probably the single most crucial element used in controlling your bike in an emergency. When carried out correctly, it can produce numerous Gs of stopping power, quickly lifting the rear wheel completely off the ground and flipping the bike over completely if you have the grip. The front tire of a street bike is responsible for 70% to 90% of braking power under typical or semi-challenging braking, and up to 100% in emergency or stunting situations. The only exceptions to this are in low traction conditions such as wet, dirty or oily roads, or while at high lean angles.


Under low traction conditions, the front brake can be very dangerous and ought to be used with extreme care, or not at all. When the brakes are applied (either front or rear), weight is transferred to the front of the bike. If traction conditions are much less than favorable, front braking will load the front tire which will result in a skid and likely a crash.


Braking even though leaning over in a corner will trigger the bike to either stand up, changing your line drastically, or a loss of traction causing the bike to wash out from under you. Which is often known as a low-side. Be certain to allow yourself sufficient extra grip and lean angle reserved (not employed) in case you will need to get hard on the brakes in a turn. It’s not a excellent thought to EVER go into a corner at max speed unless you’re on a race track. You will need to have an out in case of emergency, like a rabbit running into your path. Changing course mid corner in a split second demands at least a small amount of reserve lean angle and/or braking capacity. Going in at 100% doesn’t leave you any wiggle room.


Get to know your brakes and your accelerator. They can be your finest friend if you get to know them well or your worst enemy if you don’t recognize them.

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