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