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Motorcycle Braking in a Turn

Motorcycle Braking in a Turn


We’ve talked about braking and traction. How does turning affect traction? Turning affects traction or tire grip on the road
the same way as braking does. But instead of forward and backwards traction,
turning is using traction to the left or right. This is why we are taught to Brake before you turn. Because if you do both at the same time, and exceed the maximum braking ability
and then add turning traction you will likely exceed
what the tire can handle, begin a skid,
lose control and crash your bike. As any race car driver knows,
if you’re going around a corner, your tire has to work hard,
up to 100% of the tires full traction limit. After that once you cross the 100% maximum traction limit
your tire is going to begin to slide. But when you are in a car and you begin to slide, all you have to do is let off the
brake and turn into the skid, and your tires will regain traction
and you keep rolling along. When you are on your bike and you are braking
close to 100% of the effective traction limit and then you begin to turn the wheel, you are going to exceed the 100% of traction
and your bike will start to slide. Unfortunately, this usually results in a crash for a bike. The challenge with braking in a curve is that some of
your traction is being used in turning the motorcycle. That part of your traction is unavailable for braking. Or if you are braking hard then there is
no traction available to assist with the turn. One option to brake and turn
at the same time is to brake, but brake more gently than you could
if the motorcycle were going straight, then you can turn the bike without exceeding
the 100% traction threshold. By braking more gently while turning
is the only safe way to slow the bike in a curve. This is what you should do on a curving off-ramp
with a stop sign at the end. Just use the brakes gently to come to a
perfectly routine stop at the end of the ramp. Before anyone attempts to turn in a hard braking situation,
they should practice this skill over and over again. Practice makes perfect. I strongly suggest you check out the
Motorcycle Safety Foundation Classes, because they teach Decelerating in a Turn. Practice braking in a turn may save your life.

36 comments on “Motorcycle Braking in a Turn

  1. at motorcycle school in Canada, they teach that if you have to break in a turn, you straighten your bike up then break in a straight line. It was part of the final practical examination.

  2. If you HAVE to brake during a turn, use REAR BRAKE ONLY! Just tap it a few times whilst still countersteering and you should slow down just fine.

  3. This prat really needs to go back to motorcycle physics school and learn a bit more about actually using the brakes to control not only the turn but the road position as a result,

  4. your a horrible man, taking advantage of my favorite ranger through these hard times. shame, shame on you matt!

  5. Any Links to this class that teaches braking in a turn? Looking into this as i had a narrow escape the other week and would like to know how to correctly save me and my bike. I have a feeling it was luck and my guardian angel that saved me last time…

  6. I am surprise the lawyer didn't throw in a "it's the motorcycle manufacturer's fault and that's why you should sue if injury" at the end.

  7. The correct move is to push the handle bars down in the direction you want to go and roll on the throttle gently.
    This is never the wrong thing to do. Everything else transfers weight to the smaller front tire and stands the bike up making your turn radius larger.
    Do not unload the larger rear tire, it can force you off the high side. Keep the throttle on lightly and keep pushing the bar down.
    The bike has much more ability than the rider, let the geometry do the work.
    At the worst you will go down on the low side and not be thrown off the high side.

  8. Im recuperating from a fall on my bike going into a turn, short story I'm an idiot yup hurts the ego but yeah im an idiot i wanted to open my throttle coming down a short street before a right turn, so if i guess right i feel that i went hard on my front break while trying to compensate for the up coming turn all i remember is the bike did a quick wobble then bang me and the bike are sliding sideways down the road i imagine this was at about 40 to 50 km/hr maybe more but im an idiot cause 1-excelerated coming into a turn 2-left all my gear in my closet at home 3- just finished a jay not even an hour before
    Bikes scrathed up and i ended up with a broken ankle cause the bike fell on top of me. Im now debating whether im responsible enough to even attemt at getting back on my bike, now that I'm starting to heal up or should i just shelf it. Bike was a 650 sport touring Kawasaki

  9. Great video Matt. Sometimes it's a good thing not to over complicate something with physics jargon.Thanks for sharing.

  10. In pakistan 70-125 cc are super common
    And when I started learning how to ride (I have the 70) everyone told me to never use the front break never always use the rare break , if you use the front you will flip over only use it in emergency
    This is the complete opposite to what they teach in the west like idk which rule to follow now I asked about breaking from like 15 different people (in pk) and they all said the exact same thing (never ever use the front )
    Maybe its caz of the lower cc bike
    (Every tutorials in the west is on a 300cc+ bike )

  11. I think that everyone that rides should watch or read, "A Twist of the Wrist". You can even watch it here on you tube. It's my rider's bible.

  12. Lawyer dude is wrong. NEVER brake while turning, unless you have track training. The problem is not slip, but increased turn radius.

  13. Very educational. Thankyou. I shall be practising this along with my emergency braking now that it's dry out (in the UK).

  14. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

    John 14:6

    TODAY is the day of salvation!

  15. Wow. Just wow. Braking on a bike while turning is a no no that has nothing to do with traction. To be turning, one is leaning. Interrupting the roll of the wheels causes the bike to immediately go horizontal. Every motorcyclist should know this before ever getting on a bike.

  16. One thing that I left out and so did this lawyer is any change in your motorcycle brakes, clutch or suspension which could cause a cornering accident. I had new brake pads put on my motorcycle and the lines were bled. This changed my braking immensely. The rear brake line had water and air in the line. The original rear brake would drag about 2% when I pushed down on the peddle quite hard. The new brake pads and especially the brake line being bled moved the braking up on the foot peddle and it would start braking… like right now compared to the travel it took on the old brake. Not being adjusted to such a change… you guessed it… I locked up the rear brake in the turn and hit gravel with the front tire and down it went!

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