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Braking on a Motorcycle – Part Two

Braking, Engine Braking and Throttle Sense

Welcome back! In the last post, I talked about the basics of braking on a motorcycle. This week, I’d like to continue, and go into detail about the three main types of braking, or slowing, that we do. So, let’s get straight into it!

In this section, I’d like to examine the processes we go through during the course of our regular riding when we need to adjust our speed downwards, or stop our machine. Continue reading Braking on a Motorcycle – Part Two


Braking on a Motorcycle – Part One

Continuing on our series covering the basics, I’d like today to talk about braking. There is quite a lot to cover here, so I have broken this subject into two parts. This week, we begin with part one. Before we get started though, I’d like to make an important note about general stability on a motorcycle:

A motorcycle is at its most stable when travelling at a constant speed in a straight line.

Why is that important to remember? Well, it’s because anything that causes us to deviate from that ideal condition is going to rob us of some stability. It is something we obviously can’t avoid, but it is worth keeping in mind so that as we are riding, we are continuously trying to keep the machine as near to that ideal as possible.

With that in mind, let’s move on to the brakes: Continue reading Braking on a Motorcycle – Part One


Steering, and the Great Counter-Steering Debate

SteeringContinuing on covering the basics before moving onto more advanced topics, I’d like today to talk about steering.

On first inspection, steering would seem to be the most simplest of things. After all, most of us have ridden a bicycle haven’t we? You just point the handlebars in the direction you want to go, right? Well, it turns out that the whole theory of what it takes us to turn on two wheels can be quite complicated. Continue reading Steering, and the Great Counter-Steering Debate


Following Distance

Welcome to the Motorcycle Mastery Blog! Thanks for joining me. I will be bringing you weekly articles on advanced riding, and techniques to increase your enjoyment and safety out there.

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I considered carefully what should be the first entry in this blog. I didn’t want to make things too difficult to start with, so I’m going to start with one of the most fundamental safety tips – following distance.

Good motorcycle roadcraft (you will hear me refer to this phrase often) dictates that you always ride so that you can stop in the distance you can see to be clear. Continue reading Following Distance