Brake characteristics must be understood
Done correctly, braking is the quickest and most efficient way to reduce the speed of a motorcycle. It can save lives in an emergency by preventing a collision and can improve cornering by setting the bike at the correct speed to maximise the grip available for steering and banking over. Incorrect braking, however, can be a direct cause of a loss of control.
Poor weather and adverse road conditions significantly affect a motorcycle’s stopping capability. Each of the brakes’ characteristics must be fully understood in order to perform effective speed loss and maintain full motorcycle control. Using effective braking techniques will greatly reduce stopping distances in almost all environments and circumstances.
You will learn how the brakes act on the machine in different ways, in varying situations and the effects of poor weather or road surface on braking efficiency. You will learn how braking affects the bike’s suspension, which in turn upsets balance and handling, especially at higher and lower speeds. Braking whilst cornering is risky but is sometimes necessary and you will learn how to have a plan of action in such circumstances.
By the end of the training you will be able to:
- Utilise braking techniques at higher speeds including in a corner if necessary
- Understand how braking effects the suspension, weight transfer and distribution
- Determine the brakes’ characteristics with regard to road and weather conditions
- Recognise the early signs of skidding and how to avoid and control them
- Understand independent, ABS and linked braking systems and how they can affect handling