SAFETY RESOURCES

Rear Braking: Keep your Rear Tire on the Ground

Most riders will probably agree that maintaining traction and contact with the road is one of the biggest components of motorcycle safety. Anytime the tires of a motorcycle leave the road, even for a fraction of a second, control is lost. Both steering and braking power is diminished, and the rider’s safety is at stake.

Again, most riders will also probably agree that the quality of a motorcycle’s shocks play a large part of keeping the tires on the ground. Shocks are designed to absorb most of the bumps and defects that the bike may encounter on the surface of the road. This helps to keep the tires on the ground and ensure control.

However, did you know that there are situations where a motorcycle’s shocks can have the opposite effect? In some scenarios, the shocks on a motorcycle can cause the rear tire to lift off the ground, ultimately resulting in the loss of control.

Keeping Your Rear Tire on the Ground

This lift is caused by over braking. When too much brake pressure is applied to the rear brake, the tire will lift off the ground. This occurs because aggressively applying rear brake pressure causes the tire to contract, just like if you encountered a bump in the road. However, in this situation, the tire contracts farther than the actual rear end of the bike. This causes it to lift and lose contact with the roadway.

Rear tire lift is just one more example of an already long list of the problems associated with over braking. Many riders already understand that overusing the rear brake in and around turns can cause the tire to lock and lose control. With this in mind, in order to ensure your motorcycle safety, avoid aggressively using your rear brake in any situation.

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