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Old 07-02-2012, 09:30 AM
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Default Re: what did you do to your motor bike today?

Originally Posted by fatdaddy View Post
Hey dodge dude, I've always said stopping is much more important than going. If you can't go, you can't die, If you can't stop, you will die.
On another note, I noticed you have a dual pull lever. I WILL get an argument about this, but I've used these before, a lot, and have found that they can not be adjusted like most people will tell you. A lot of people will say that since 70% of your stopping power is in the front that you should make the front wheel your primary braking wheel, (70%). This works very well most of the time. The problem is that if you're in the carp, oil, sand, water, ect, and your front is doing most of the braking then your wheel is gonna slide out from under you and you WILL wind up on your butt. I even had one guy tell me, " Thats OK, That he could control the slide, (Huh?). I just know, that if you're doing 35mph and have to jam on the brakes before you T-bone a car, your front wheel sliding is NOT going to be an advantage.
So, if you live in a perfect world where there is NEVER any carp on the roads, then yes, make your front wheel the primary. If you think you might run into stuff on the road, then set your REAR WHEEL as the primary braking wheel. THEN TEST IT. you want to get it set to stop you as quickly as possible. If you don't agree with my assesment, then throw a little mud and water on the street, set the brakes at 70% front, then jam on your brakes while in it as fast as you dare go without killing yourself. You'll see what I mean. It's a scary feeling to have no control over your front wheel.
And the thing is, once it slips, it slides so fast that, most of the time, you can't react in time to stop it, you just fall down.
Like I said, I'm gonna catch carp over this, but DO THE TEST. Anyone that does this will have to agree. Either use two brake levers to control each wheel, or with dual pull, set most of the stopping power to the rear.
I've thought about this before I decided on the dual pull.
Currently, my bike is a toy. There is no real purpose for it unless gas gets over $4 and my truck keeps it's drinking habit up.
So because of that, I only ride it on dry days (which in Texas there are a lot of them). I KNEW I would not be able to get the adjustable brake bias that my hands would provide, but I also didn't wanna bother with the whole three lever thing. I am honestly not worried since I have NEVER had a front wheel lock on me, even through gravel with a powerful disc brake. I have always been able to modulate and anticipate what will happen, BEFORE it happens.

So, currently, I am not worried about it. But I do thank you for your concern.
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