I just had a bit of a close call when big box truck pulled into my lane without thinking that there could be a motorcyclist minding his own business.
Luckily, besides daydreaming I was also watching out and kind of predicted the move a fraction of second before it happened. Nevertheless, by heart was pumping like crazy as I was sliding sideways with the rear brake locked up. Locked up. Some supermoto racing experience certainly helped as I was comfortable steering to the right while hard on the front brakes with locked up rear. I missed the truck by inches and continued with my commute.
Every time that I ride I keep telling myself NOT to use the rear brake in emergency situations. I feel it really decreases braking performance and increases my chances of not stopping in time. Ideally I would love to modulate rear brake for maximum traction without breaking the tire loose, but It’s impossible, the lock up happens before you know it. Even the bikes with crappiest rear brakes do that. And my right foot just goes there by itself, it seems like I have no control over it. And I would like to be in control of my motorcycle Every close call that I ever had resulted in immediate lockup of the rear wheel.
So, who managed to train themselves NOT to use the rear brake when sh*t hits the fan? I use my rear brake quite often while dicing through traffic so disabling it all together is not an option. I’m all ears.