In searching for some info on emergency braking recently, I bumped into this report: http://www.fmq.qc.ca/pdf/amorce-freinage_eng.pdf which explored emergency braking techniques in a reasonably scientific manner. It does smack a little of bikers trying to be scientific... I reckon there were a couple of variables they could have tightened up on, but even so, a couple of things leapt out at me: The main point - stopping distance: In their testing, clutch-in ebrake had a mean stopping distance 3m shorter than the downshifters and 1.5m shorter than the clutch-out ebrakers. That says volumes! (I used to be a emergency braking clutch-in downshifter. A recent HART training course rejigged my thinking to be a clutch-out no-downshifter on the basis that you'd stop shorter - which my own testing showed was true... BUT I didn't practice clutch-in no-downshifting, which the above table shows will stop you shorter again.) They settled on the ideal technique being as follows: In short: Roll off, rear, front, clutch! The roll off and rear brake transfers weight forward, allowing the setup and squeeze front braking to do most of the braking in the most efficient manner. Pulling in the clutch just gets rid of a distraction. (I think I'd still want to kick down a gear or two in the last moments though) They made a very very good point about the benefit of practice: That reinforces that if you practice often, the subconscious will do what it has to do precisely. So the message is PRACTICE! The msgroup site recommends threshold braking as the method which provides maximum braking - but you need to be careful when practicing! http://www.msgroup.org/Tip.aspx?Num=230 The msgroup site also has a stopping distance calculator. Worth having a play. http://www.msgroup.org/forums/mtt/images/StoppingDistance.xls Sooo, what's your reaction??? Do the report results fly contrary to your experiences and what you were taught???? Are they bogus results?? Discuss! Footnotes: The closest thread on NR discussing emergency braking technique in the last couple of years was : Hard/Emergency Braking question - worth a look. Bravus also had this interesting thread: Braking Distance - Bike vs Car which is worth a look too - since bike / car braking distances often come up in a bike braking thread.