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Emergency Braking in Motorcycles - A Skill Worth Mastering
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Emergency Braking in Motorcycles - A Skill Worth Mastering

The thrill of experiencing the rushing wind flashing over your face and entire body as you speed your way on that classy motorcycle could not possibly be fully described using words. Riding is one of the life’s simple, yet great pleasures. But how well would you handle the machine during emergencies?

With multiple types and models of motorcycles, riding has not only become a common sport through racing but also has been considered so much efficient when it comes to the handling of various tasks. From delivery of fast foods in a majority of the countries worldwide to the use of motorcycles as a form of transport, the bike has been quite a helpful advancement in our daily life. Sadly, it’s also a common cause of death.

With over 4,000 deaths due to head injuries every year, motorcycles have been considered dangerous if the rider has no idea how to maneuver their way out of fatal situations. In every ride or transportation machine that involves speed, the braking system is as important as the acceleration system. If the majority of the people who died from the motorcycle accidents could be able to brake in time, the number of casualties wouldn’t be as staggering as it is. So how do you improve emergency braking in motorcycles? Let’s take a look.

Emergency braking can causes trepidation and causes an adrenaline rush feeling for many riders. In order to improve your skills and reaction time, it is quite important to understand the way your motorcycle breaks. As Newton’s mechanical grip theory states: that for every force, there is an equal force opposing it, understanding the grip of the motorcycle is the basis of understanding an emergency braking.

With the front brakes being the most reliable when pushed in the right way, they can be lethal when pulled immediately or rather forcefully since they are prone to causing immediate grip with the road, which ends up causing accidents due to the speed. Make sure you maintain the throttle in a state of panic during an emergency by whipping in the clutch. This will assist you to slow down nice and easy.

If by any chance you have mastered the art of trail braking which involves applying full force and then releasing the braking pressure as you bend the motorcycle as though you are making a turn, then this would be of great assistance when it comes to emergency braking.

With factors such as the type of road you are traveling on and the perception/reaction time difference in different people, the best tip when it comes to emergency braking is: getting off the throttle and immediately applying the brakes moderately and progressively. This will transfer the weight and the grip to the front wheel causing you to stop. After this, you will change to the first gear to evade the incoming vehicles. Do all this while applying the light brakes to the rear wheel.

Stay safe! And practice your emergency braking. Finally, remember: prevention is better than the cure. Image credit: Autoevolution.com

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