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Don't be the first to face-plant

Discussion in 'New Riders and Riding Tips' started by raven, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. We're starting to ease back into our rainier weather so try not to be the first to grab a handful (coz you can do that in the dry), and go sliding down the road on your face.

    Give yourself MORE SPACE, and remember that wet brakes often don't fuction per normal for the first second or two and then come on stronger after the water has been pushed off the discs by the pads...and try to reserve all your braking for the straight line...

    Aacknowlwdge consciously that it's time to start easing things off a little bit, after the dry roads of summer we've all gotten used to.

    We go through it every year - just thought it was about time to bring it up again, that's all. :)


  2. Could I add; it helps to dry your pads/disks from time to time by holding a light pressure on your leavers for 5-10seconds. This reduces that 'slipping' feeling when you need to apply your brakes quickly.
  3. And check your tyres. Make sure they have enough tread and are at correct pressures. This will allow the tyres to channel water effectively, reducing the chances of slipping or aquaplaning. :)
  4. Rain, you don't get rain in Melbourne!!

    Went out with Stookie a few weeks ago and did the Gillies in the rain. Amazing what decent tyres will do for you. The new front and rear Rosso's really made a difference. Mind you, still didn't stop us getting wet, just a better sort of wet up here!
  5. great advice, Raven and guys.
    newer riders who are entering their first winter of riding, we need to tone it down a notch.
    one of the first things you learn about riding motorcycles is the amazing variety of ways to crash without actually hitting anything. one of these, is the low-side. you'll be leaning into a corner when the front tire will lose traction, then you hear this terrible sound of your bike sliding down the road. tires need to be at a toasty hot temperature to function properly and grip. in winter, warming it up to this temperature takes far longer. think 10 minutes of riding.
    hope you all had a great summer of riding :) i sure as hell did.