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"Grab" vs. "Squeeze"

being prepared and ready for an emergency stop/evade is a very important skill on the street

I think that a very important point is made at 2:10 and again at 3:44-4:21

The video is talking about "braking" at the track, But.
one of the most common mistakes most new and even experienced riders make, is briefly discussed.


In "panic stops" grabbing the front brake most often results in "washing out" the front end.

whereas having your fingers on the bake ready to squeeze will
result in a quicker response and a smoother initial braking.
And possibly save your assets too, he also discusses "trail breaking"



the speaker holds track lap records, on most every track in this area
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That's interesting. I never thought of having your fingers on the brake would help you have a smoother reaction. Makes sense though. Not too applicable on the street however.
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That's interesting. I never thought of having your fingers on the brake would help you have a smoother reaction. Makes sense though. Not too applicable on the street however.
I disagree completely
very applicable for the street

living in Houston with this traffic, the illegal/stupid drivers, stupid/distracted drivers, the need to emergency brake and maneuver is almost constant!!

and this smoother quicker reaction "does" and will prevent, many accidents, similar to what Ty expressed about the track.
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I disagree completely
very applicable for the street

living in Houston with this traffic, the illegal/stupid drivers, stupid/distracted drivers, the need to emergency brake and maneuver is almost constant!!

and this smoother quicker reaction "does" and will prevent, many accidents, similar to what Ty expressed about the track.
I guess most don't know but this is decades old information and if you took the MSF course and paid attention you'd already know it. It does apply to the street but things are a bit different as you can't ride around with your fingers resting on the brake lever - And if you try you'll look like a complete newb. But thanks for the reminder of what riders should already know.
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I saw the title and was thinking something else. You can ride around in congested areas with one or two fingers covering the brake if you have learned to do so. I don't do it all the time but do when I see cars or people who might cross an intersection when they shouldn't. You will only look like a newb to other newbs or squids. Experienced riders will recognize that you have developed the necessary skills to work the throttle and brake at the same time.
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i normally don't ride with two fingers on the front brake unless I'm in heavy/city traffic or anticipate a situation where I might have to emergency brake.

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I want to ride on the track, but seeing how I'm still making payments on a bike, I don't think thats a good financial decision right now.

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