today about an hour ago i almost ran into a j -walker rear wheel locked no damage to the tire
Steve, you probably........Really need to learn to use the front brake then. Stopping via the rear brake is incredibly weak compared to using the front brake and will severely limit your braking ability and if not absolutely perfect with it, will induce rear wheel slides as the O.P. talked about. And BTW, I'm not picking on YOU, everyone should master the use of the front brake.My Rear Brake won't last half that time because I use it more than the front -- it begins to stop the bike before I even touch the front. I'd rather use the Back than the front out of fear of flying over the front bars.
Primarily using the front brake was a big adjustment for me.And BTW, I'm not picking on YOU, everyone should master the use of the front brake.
Emergency braking for me involves heavy use of the front brake and very quick/rapid downshifting to use engine braking. If I have to stop that hard, the rear brake is practically useless anyway. I have absolutely zero issues with blipping the throttle while applying the front brake very hard and clutching and downshifting all at the same time. It's a matter of practice, which I do a lot of at the track during a normal track day.Yes you have to learn how to use the front and rear brake together for the best braking. It's also good to learn how to use engine braking in line with your front and rear brakes. I find the 09's engine braking works great all on it's own. Plus don't forget to make sure you pull in the clutch for emergency braking. If you stall the bike that can be as bad as locking up the back wheel.
As for locking up the back wheel and screeching the back tire, that isn't a bad way to wake up a boneheaded j-walker who isn't paying attention to traffic. Maybe a good scare is what they need so they don't do it again.
You could be, if you would like that! Seriously, you and anyone else that depends on the rear brake for the majority of their stopping power is just asking for trouble.......maybe sooner than later.......maybe later rather than sooner.Seems I've become your whipping boy.