Is there a right way to brake for a corner?

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Is there a right way to brake for a corner?

Post by nicklucey » Sun Jul 17, 2016 8:35 pm

I've found my braking for corners following a particular process, would be good to get some feedback on the right way to approach it,

I use a bit of front brake, then release front brake and typically drop a gear, and often will have a bit of engine braking before putting the throttle back on fairly early in the bend.

Any thoughts? Led to believe engine braking wasn't a good thing during my training, youtube seems to talk about a two finger break and blip downshift which looks a bit beyond my skill level.

Any advice gratefully received.

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Re: Is there a right way to brake for a corner?

Post by drzhooner » Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:00 pm

I don't like engine braking at all, i just drop the gears to my speed while braking.
I use a lot of front and touch the rear as it locks too easily, arriving sideways at lights looks amusing but scares some driverists and polices get all moany.
Slow manovering/filtering i just use the rear

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Re: Is there a right way to brake for a corner?

Post by grunthorpe » Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:07 pm

Just to be completely unhelpful, I actually use more engine braking than anything else approaching a corner and then just control with throttle throughout the bend because to me it feels more stable that way


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Re: Is there a right way to brake for a corner?

Post by Stu » Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:08 pm

when I owned a twin I very rarely touched the brakes!

I would carry on as you are your not doing it wrong :wink:
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Re: Is there a right way to brake for a corner?

Post by Tango » Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:20 pm

You really need to get your braking/speed adjusted on the approach to the bend.......then enter the bend with a neutral throttle and gently wind the throttle on as you're passing the apex to pull you out of the bend. But don't get too fixated with it......it'll come with time and experience. ..... :wink:
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Re: Is there a right way to brake for a corner?

Post by phil4 » Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:34 pm

Stu wrote:when I owned a twin I very rarely touched the brakes!

I would carry on as you are your not doing it wrong :wink:
This, on my bike intend to almost need no brakes, unless coming to a complete stop.

It's made worse by planning, as in I know I need to slow/stop far enough away I can just ease off the gas.

I've got an car with a simple engine braking trait, and have the same with that, very little brake use, unless stopping.


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Re: Is there a right way to brake for a corner?

Post by fq-craigus » Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:14 pm

If your making it round the corner your doing it right
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Re: Is there a right way to brake for a corner?

Post by mozza83 » Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:59 am

I just drop a gear, and having a v twin I don't even need to do that half the time. I only use the break if I've misjudged and approached the corner a bit fast, then I'll use mostly front and a bit of rear

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Re: Is there a right way to brake for a corner?

Post by Six30 » Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:38 am

To be honest I don't know what I do , I'll try and make a point to remember how I do it when I'm doing it ... I always manage to wobble round em though :thumb:
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Re: Is there a right way to brake for a corner?

Post by RantMachine » Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:41 am

Single cylinder... Remind me what brakes are, again? :lol:
If I'm below 6000rpm I just drop a gear and up the throttle a little to maintain my current speed then roll off slightly juuuust before entering the corner, much smoother having it in high revs in a lower gear. It's a bit too snatchy if it drops below 5000rpm on a bend.
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Re: Is there a right way to brake for a corner?

Post by someone » Mon Jul 18, 2016 3:23 pm

fq-craigus wrote:If your making it round the corner your doing it right
Phew. I thought just engine braking with back brake all the way into the apex, then carefully coming off it as I accelerate out was stupid. Now I can call it a technique!

That is how I originally started, before changing to to do it more properly: come off the throttle and also braking, mostly with the front, if necessary, then coming back onto the throttle before the corner so the bike could pull into it. That way seemed faster and gave less fear the bike was about to stall. Loosing speed into the corner with some brake applied does not feel as pleasant.

Moving past using my "technique" again seems the only thing left to to to recover from the loss of confidence after my accident. I would not recommend it, mind, but amazingly it always got me around despite the risks of doing something stupid.

Incidentally, to nicklucey, I have not managed to do two finger braking, but downshifting and braking it still surprisingly easy. Pulling on the brake with four fingers you can tilt your hand slightly upwards. That way you palm pushed down on the throttle to blip it, but without changing the brake pressure.
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Re: Is there a right way to brake for a corner?

Post by NeilM » Mon Jul 18, 2016 4:31 pm

To be honest mate.
I'm with SIX on this one. I don't really know what I do.

But that's probably a good thing as the more you ride the less conscious you will become and things will come naturally and you won't be constantly thinking I must do this or that.

Ride and enjoy mate

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Re: Is there a right way to brake for a corner?

Post by Joeman » Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:05 pm

Two massive brakes up front. I'm sure they put them there for a reason??
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Re: Is there a right way to brake for a corner?

Post by drzhooner » Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:13 pm

Joeman wrote:Two massive brakes up front. I'm sure they put them there for a reason??
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:thumb: glad its not just me hoons into corners and wears the brake pads out

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Re: Is there a right way to brake for a corner?

Post by nicklucey » Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:56 pm

Thanks all

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