FOOT BRAKE VS HAND BRAKE


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FOOT BRAKE VS HAND BRAKE

Postby brentsboats » Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:11 am



OK KIDS ,HERES ANOTHER QUESTION FOR YOU . HOW OFTEN DO YOU REALLY USE YOUR HAND BRAKE INSTEAD OF FOOT BRAKE ? I can say with honesty that i barely ever use the foot brake on either of my bikes ,Gl100 or1200. Almost never or hardly ever have i had to use both. So be honest and spill the beans please .And after the votes and storys are in .Ill tell you why i ask .. Brent


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FOOT BRAKE VS HAND BRAKE

Postby brentsboats » Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:12 am

that pencil thing works good ,thanks for the info
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Re: FOOT BRAKE VS HAND BRAKE

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:48 am

I use them both almost all the time, I really do... Oh Brent, if you misspell something just hit the pencil to the top right of the page, edit will appear, hit that, fix your problem then re-submit,,, should be good to go.. :D

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Re: FOOT BRAKE VS HAND BRAKE

Postby brettchallenger » Fri Apr 03, 2015 4:19 am

I'm with Littlebeaver on this one.

However, if you are on a gl1500/1800 then you can't just use the back brake, as the foot pedal operates one front disc and the rear one. For serious braking I use both foot pedal and hand brake so that all the discs are used. For scrubbing off a bit of speed I just use the foot pedal, ditto for when I am travelling at very low speed.
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Re: FOOT BRAKE VS HAND BRAKE

Postby themainviking » Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:06 am

During normal riding, I use both. Sometimes alternately, sometimes together, sometimes one or the other. When coming to a nice easy stop, mostly the back. When riding slolom, or cones or some other form of slow speed maneuvering, the back, so I can pay attention to keeping the revs up. On the Tail of the Dragon, the back - same reason. I am not willing to give either up. I used to use only the back till I took an advanced riders course. Some bikes I own have very skinny front tires so the front is not the best option, but with the Goldwing styling and big front tires, I can get some serious braking out of the front wheel.
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Re: FOOT BRAKE VS HAND BRAKE

Postby dingdong » Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:11 am

I also use both most of the time. Foot brake for minor adjustments and slow maneuvering.
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Re: FOOT BRAKE VS HAND BRAKE

Postby robb » Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:22 am

On my GL1500 it's foot brake until time to put a foot down then it's hand brake. Panic stop calls for both but I never grab hand first. One trip down the red rash ride is enough for a lifetime.

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Re: FOOT BRAKE VS HAND BRAKE

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:56 am

I have always used both foot and hand.

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Re: FOOT BRAKE VS HAND BRAKE

Postby Dusty Boots » Fri Apr 03, 2015 8:11 am

I usually use both.
Sometimes it's front only/mainly, (high speed action) but when pulling u-turns or slow speed maneuvers, I use the rear only as it stands the bike upright, while you keep the revs up and feather the clutch

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Re: FOOT BRAKE VS HAND BRAKE

Postby CMReynolds1 » Fri Apr 03, 2015 8:54 am

I use both. Used to use the front only a lot. Caught some pea gravel and had a pucker power of 10 squared. Now retrained myself to use both all the time.

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Re: FOOT BRAKE VS HAND BRAKE

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Apr 03, 2015 9:50 am

Beaver's eat pencils too... :lol:

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Re: FOOT BRAKE VS HAND BRAKE

Postby 52wingnut » Fri Apr 03, 2015 5:04 pm

I'm a dual braker. Just dosen't seem right if I don't use both brakes.
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Re: FOOT BRAKE VS HAND BRAKE

Postby Happytrails » Fri Apr 03, 2015 9:15 pm

Having never ridden a bike with linked brakes before I was the big skeptic. Thought the only proper way to was have front brakes and rear brakes separated. It took me more than awhile to adjust. Now I mostly use the rear brake because the bike squats rather than dives. It feels more stable this way although I'm always covering the front brake just in case I need the braking power. And now I absolutely love linked brakes :D :D


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