Emergency Braking

  • Brush and bury the front brake - apply lightly, once it's bitten, progressively squeeze it but not so hard you lock up the front
  • grip the tank with your legs
  • keep looking forward not down
  • don't worry about changing down gears at the start, focus all you attention on getting the bike stopped using front brake
  • a major reason for failing e-braking is locking up the rear. This happens because there's so much weight going forward on the bike such that the contact patch for the rear tyre is minimal and will lock up easily. The rear brake adds a little bit of braking power, but really not a lot when the front brakes are being used very heavily so don't get hung up on it to the detriment of using the front brake.