Ok cool, just to be clear lol I ment gears but I am on my phone typing lol, what I have been doing Is clutch in and hard breaking, once or twice i have had the back end hopping lol but i dont reccomend it and also if the back locks up i release and re apply
As a few others have said, don't pull the clutch in. In a true emergency stop you want to go for the front lever hard with a smooth even pull until you stop or slow enough to avoid the obstacle.
Also, if you lock up the front tire you want to slightly release the brake until it stops locking. You don't want to completely release the brakes and reapply because it will add distance to your stopping time.
Lol I'm not at all doubting your skills sir! But I still like to be prepared. I suggested a parking lot because you could practice repeatedly without having to go with the flow of traffic.
If you already know this than disregard but a helpful tip I learned was when using your front break, brace the gas tank with your knees and try to move the weight off your wrists. It seems to keep the bike more stable when supporting yourself with your knees and keeps your weight off the front end.
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Very important to squeeze the tank with your knees as it keeps the weight off your wrists and makes the bike more stable because you have that weight off the front end. This will also help the rider keep pressure off the handlebars which could result in them steering one way or the other unintentionally.
Leave the clutch out. That will give you a little engine braking and will stabilize the bike. Once things are under control you can start downshifting through the gears.
The following is an article I wrote for Motorcycle Mojo Magazine on Emergency Braking. Hopefully you find some helpful info.
Iíve seen it happen on more than one occasion, motorcyclists attempting to make an emergency stop making all sorts of detrimental errors. Iíve seen them lock up the rear tire severely and end up sliding across the pavement in an avoidable low side. Iíve seen them lock up the front tire, wobble dramatically from side to side and end up sliding across the pavement. Iíve seen people freeze, barely get on the brakes at all, and end up hitting the very thing they were trying to avoid. Iíve even witnessed a rider grab the front brake so hard and for so long that he rose up into a massive stoppie with the bike continuing to gain altitude until it was flipping over on top of him.
All of these errors are avoidable and with a little bit of rider education and training, emergency braking can become a well-learned and well-executed skill. Itís one of the things we coach at the California Superbike School during the two-day camp program, and something Iíve worked on with students in other rider training programs that Iíve been a part of.
Lets talk first about locking up the rear tire. Itís easy to do. It doesnít take much pressure on the lever to get it to lock up and in most cases can cause unnecessary problems. With a locked up rear tire you lose valuable traction and the back end has a tendency to fish tail, or skid violently to one side or the other. Less pressure on the rear will help to prevent this from happening, and if you do lock it up, just let off the pressure gently until it is no longer locked. Donít slam it on, and donít chop it off.
I personally donít use the rear brake at all, except if I happen to run off the track or off the road and end up in gravel or dirt, then I will use the rear brake to help me slow down as a grab on the front brake will surely send me face first into the ground. On a sportbike, you can get 100% of your braking done with the front, and even on bigger and heavier bikes like cruisers or Harleyís most of the braking can be done with the front only.
I did a series of braking exercises with several riders on various models and brands of bikes. First, their speed and stopping distance was measured with them using a combo of both front and rear brakes, and then with them just using their front. To the surprise of many of the riders, the stopping distance and execution was better when they used the front brake only. Iím not saying that you have to do this, or that you shouldnít use the rear brake at all, only that it is possible and can possibly provide better results. Try it.
Most riders have experienced to some degree the feeling of locking up the rear tire and are somewhat comfortable with it. Locking up the front wheel on a motorcycle however is much more elusive and therefore when it does happen can be one of the most terrifying parts of riding.
At the California Superbike School we have a bizarre looking motorcycle in the fleet of specialized training bikes, a Kawasaki Ninja 650R that has long yellow poles sticking out of the sides. The poles have small skateboard wheels on the ends of them and are designed to act a little bit like training wheels. They prevent the bike from tipping over, and crashing in a low-side and therefore provide extra confidence for students that are learning about emergency braking. The idea behind the Panic Brake Trainer, designed by Keith Code, is to allow students to experience a fully locked front wheel and then be trained to save it.
The exercise is to have the students get the bike into second gear, approximately 50km/hour and have them get on the front brake as if they were trying to avoid hitting something. From there we coach them on progressively pulling the front brake lever until the front wheel locks. When the front locks it often makes a loud chattering noise or skidding noise and sometimes a puff of smoke rises off the wheel. The tendency, when this happens to the rider, is to either let off the brakes completely which most often results in hitting the thing they were trying to avoid, or to keep the same amount of pressure on the brake lever, which continues the front wheel skid and usually results in a low side crash. Most have never felt this sensation before so they panic and donít know what to do.
When our students finally lock up the front we coach them to come out of the brake a little bit, nice and gently, to the point where the front is no longer locked. This way, they continue to come to a stop but will no longer be testing traction with a locked front wheel. Most students find this exercise very valuable for two distinct reasons. One, they get to see how much pressure it takes on the lever to get the front to lock up, and two, they get to practice locking up the front and then saving it, without fear of crashing the bike. Most are surprised by just how much front brake they can apply without actually locking up the front tire.
Other things that will help make braking smooth and problem free include lever squeezing technique and body position on the bike. I usually recommend using two fingers on the front brake lever and pulling with smooth and progressive pressure. Avoid snatching the front brake or squeezing hard and fast at the end of braking. Also, avoid having super stiff or straight arms as you will transfer that pressure into the handlebars and can initiate a wobbling back and fourth that could turn into a tank slapper. Pinching the tank with your knees will help to keep the weight off your arms, and will also keep your body weight from sliding forward and putting too much weight on the front tire.
When you do find yourself in a situation of having to emergency brake, try to avoid target fixing on the object that you are trying not to hit. Focus on the braking and on seeing the available space around you that you could utilize. If you are able to brake safely and come to a complete stop then do so, if you think you are not able to brake hard enough to avoid the situation then you could brake hard to scrub off speed, release the brake completely and then quick steer around the problem. Donít try to steer the bike with any amount of brake on.
Lastly, even though stoppies look cool, having the rear wheel in the air is not the safest way to come to a stop. A lot of people accidentally end up with the rear wheel lifting off the ground because they squeezed the brake lever harder at the end of their braking, almost like a little stab, and they let their entire body weight slide into the tank which puts too much weight forward, lightens the rear and results in a reverse wheelie. Squeezing the tank, relaxing the arms and pulling the brake in smoothly and evenly will help prevent this from happening.
This is one riding skill that can be practiced in a parking lot or empty side street. Start slowly and work on squeezing the brake lever smoothly and consistently and come to a complete stop. Then try to pull the lever a little harder and stop a little quicker. It pays to have at least practiced this skill a few times so that if you do suddenly find yourself in an emergency braking situation, you are better able to handle it.