Great question. Alex, the officer I rode with, helped me to use my front brake less, use engine braking more and trail brake. I was so much smoother and faster.In the States we have a course from Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). It's a private foundation, trainers are paid by students for the class which includes classroom and riding instruction. In many states, passing the (intro) class will get the student a motorcycle endorsement on the license. In my case, it was mandated by my employer (advanced class). I thought it was pretty good, the slalom training was particularly effective.
So I'll cut to the chase about trail braking. MSF teaches to brake in a straight line and accelerate going into the corners. This was always a trouble spot for me since I liked to gear down and engine brake into the apex. Trying the MSF approach caused me to ride accelerate to fast and run wide. Now I generally trail brake or occasionally engine brake.
I wonder how this compares to the "Bikesafe" training?
Interesting.…helped me to use my front brake less, use engine braking more and trail brake.….Before the day I almost never used my rear brake, now my front brake is mainly for straight line and last few metres stopping.
I think you may be confusing terms.Great question. Alex, the officer I rode with, helped me to use my front brake less, use engine braking more and trail brake. I was so much smoother and faster.
I don’t think there is a bikesafe policy on trail braking but the training is based on your level, bike and the officer themselves. Before the day I almost never used my rear brake, now my front brake is mainly for straight line and last few metres stopping.
This.I think you may be confusing terms.
"Trail braking" doesn't mean using the rear brake. That's called "using the rear brake".
Trail braking is using the brakes, mostly or entirely the front brake, as you're leaned over and approaching the apex of the corners. The idea is to maximize the use of your available traction. As you lean more you lessen brake pressure, until as you near max lean you're off the brakes completely.
LOL, when I started racing there was nothing, no track days and certainly no instruction. When you got your license you took a "course" that basically went over gridding procedures and what the flags meant. The next day, as your first time ever on a track, you went racing. School?? We didn't need no stinking school!!NC- Rich has been to riding school? I didn't know he'd been to any school. Did he pass?
There is a poem that I always like to think about while riding and getting stuck in traffic:I got caught in a sunset the other day and boy was I cold by the time I got home. The ride up until the sunset was awesome, perfect weather. My butt was warm though