Hard Braking and Swerving:Two Most Important Evasive Maneuvers In Motorcycle Riding

As with any other skills and that includes motorcycle riding skills, will atrophy if not practiced on a daily basis. You retain a skill for about six months after acquiring a kill, then goes downhill after that. That is why it is recommended you take a refresher course after every six months to a year under the tutelage of a detached professional.

When you fall out of the six month frame you need to practice those major avoidance skills like braking and swerving. That is how to strengthen your riding skill and improve your weak points.

Panic stops

There is this constant debate about which is more important brake, the rear or the front? Experts say, both. Whether  you are riding a lighter sportbikes with stickier tires or a heavier cruiser, both rear wheel and front wheel brakes are important.

Make sure you practice hard braking every chance you get while on your regular rides. Target a spot where you intend to make an emergency stop,check your mirrors to see if there are no vehicles in the immediate vicinity following you. Then apply the brakes just a few feet where your original target is to make a leeway if something goes wrong. Before the actual application of the brakes scan what is in front.

Evaluate the road surface. Is it banking on one side? Is it smooth or slimy pavement? Do this constantly until the practice becomes instinctive. Another life saving but costly feature on a motorcycle is  the ABS system or Anti -lock Braking System.

It prevents a wheel lock up and great to make a full force stop even on wet,slippery and dirty pavement. You should be in a right riding posture and the right amount of fingers should be on the controls always as it will only take a split-second to apply maximum braking in a panic stop. The goal here is to confidently hammer on the brakes at a speed you normally travel on the highway, and get to an emergency stop fully in control.

Naturally you start out practicing at lower speeds and less force on the brakes and incrementally increase as you gain experience,confidence and control. As you practice and practice even more, the sensation will  be more familiar and ingrained subconsciously.

You will be able to modulate or adjust force you apply on the brakes and be able to steer correctly and above all you will be able to analyze the situation that is immediately unfolding ahead of you. You will never know,when and where exactly you will be able to instinctively apply this one important avoidance maneuver. It pays to readily apply this skill on life-on-the-edge situations.

Another important avoidance maneuver is swerving.Swerving itself is simple in concept. But realize that the dynamics of a swerve is more than just two linked turns. You will not be able to make a successful swerve if you are hard braking at the same time.

If you attempt to combine hard braking and swerving, you have the tendency to crash.
So maintain speed while swerving. if you want to slow down or speed up, do so either before or after  a swerve.

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