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you know i've tried that several times, but i can't get my tire to lock up. i jam on the back brakes and the tire just doesn't lock. it barely locks in the wet[:0] is there something wrong with my brakes[?]

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I would say there is something wrong with your rear brake if you can't lock the tire by jamming on it.

try bleeding them...


Originally posted by NinjaRider

you know i've tried that several times, but i can't get my tire to lock up. i jam on the back brakes and the tire just doesn't lock. it barely locks in the wet[:0] is there something wrong with my brakes[?]

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yeah I actually think so too. mine lock up with not very much pressure at all. My suggestion is: Before you bring it in to get looked at have someone else who rides bikes to jump on your bike and try braking using just the rear brakes. Sometimes when you think something is wrong just have a buddy jump on and see and vice versa. Sometimes its all in the riders mind. After I get used to my bikes I always thing they go slower but its actually me just getting used to the bike. Same principle.

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Yeah, that's how highsides happen. Rear locks, then starts moving again and getting traction, then you're over your bike with a $10,000 450 lbs death machine chasing you end over end.

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After I warm up my tires from riding I can do this easy little trick. Say Im going to make a right turn. I start to slow down than lock up my rear tire and flick the bike to the left side. The rear of the bike slides out to the left side, turning the bike almost 90 degrees to the side, kinda cool way to turn. It took me some practice to actually get the bike to go about 90 degrees. A few times the bike almost flipped. The trick is to come to a stop at the perfect time when you feel the right spot. I also apply my front brakes ever so slightly. I am still in the process of mastering this trick though. Also I wonder how far one could actually swing the bike out to the side, could I go more then 90 degrees? Only try this when your tires are very warm. I don't even know if you can do this when its cold out. But its over 90 degrees here and the roads get well above 100 degrees, so im sure that helps a lot. I first started doing this after it rained one night. It was pretty fun and now I can do it well on dry roads.

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I always called them "Brake Slides." Back when tires were cheaper, I used to do them all the time. My first time was sort of accidental...I was doing about 80 mph approaching a stop sign, where this road ended and I was going to turn right. I purposely waited to brake until I had to, and just wanted to do a nice long skid with the back tire. As I was skiding and getting closer to the sign, I found myself wanting to turn, I ended up at a full 90 degree with the bars fully turned left. Once in that position I couldn't believe how controllable it felt. After that I couldn't stop doing them. My Dad was getting pissed about his driveway full of skid marks. I never crashed doing one. I hardly do them anymore with tire prices, and don't really want flat spots either...But they are fun!

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