BikerSOS gives tips for you to brake properly
Sad but true:
The motorcycle season is coming to an end, meanwhile it is no longer comfortable on the bike. It’s just too cold and unfriendly out there.
Exploit the experience
Exactly the right time to review the past season and consider: What was the best experience? What could I have saved myself? Where was I really lucky? And, maybe there is something I would like to change in my driving technique in the coming season?
An important chapter, is the topic: How do I brake properly? Braking a motorcycle safely is a complex matter in everyday traffic and even more so in the event of emergency braking in a critical situation.
Know your motorcycle
For the first few meters of each ride you should check the “day shape” of the brakes with a short, controlling grip or step. This is especially true after a longer pause or hibernation of the machine. It is important to know the braking behavior of your machine and to practice various braking maneuvers. Regular training helps to react quickly and correctly during a full or emergency braking. A driving safety training is extremely helpful in learning to better assess yourself and your machine. The automobile / mobility clubs offer many opportunities to increase, from beginner to drift training there is a wide range of training:
The successful full breakig
In a full braking (or emergency braking) enormous forces impact the driver. That’s why it’s important to build up tension in the body. It also helps to push the knees to the tank, to place the upper body as upright as possible and not completely push straight the arms. The secret of successful full braking is therefore, in addition to the technical requirements: a lot of feeling and body control.
Motorcycles generally have two brakes, the front and rear brakes. During a braking maneuver, the weight of the driver and the motorcycle shifts forwards. That’s why it’s important to know the right wheel load distribution. Due to the dynamic axle load shift to the front, a high braking energy can be generated with the front brake. In plain language, this means: the front must be braked much more than the rear, because the rear wheel can achieve a much lower braking effect.
The breaking distance
In addition to the correct wheel load distribution, it is also important to know how the braking distance extends. Again, there is a rule of thumb: double speed equal to four times the length. This means that the braking distance at 100 km/h is four times as long as at a speed of 50 km / h. Of course, road surface conditions and weather conditions such as wetness also play a major role. Braking on slippery surfaces such as lane markings and manhole covers should always be avoided.
ABS – how does it work?
In modernen Motorrädern ist es nicht mehr wegzudenken: das Antiblockiersystem, kurz ABS. Egal ob bei einer Gefahrenbremsung oder beim Überbremsen an glatten und rutschigen Stellen, das System verhindert das blockieren der Räder und verringert dadurch die Sturzgefahr.
ABS ermöglicht sicheres Bremsen auf rutschigen und/oder nassen Flächen. Ist zusätzlich Kurven-ABS vorhanden, ermöglicht dies auch Sicherheit bei Schräglage. Bei den meisten üblichen Bremsmanövern ist ein Unterschied von Maschinen mit und ohne ABS kaum zu spüren. Erst wenn ein Rad die Blockiergrenze erreicht hat, kommt das ABS in den Regelbereich und wird für den Fahrer spürbar. Antiblockiersysteme verhindern das Blockieren der Räder und können dadurch das Einknicken des Vorderrads und das Ausbrechen des Hecks verhindern.
In modern motorcycles it is hard to imagine that the anti-lock braking system is missing. Whether in emergency braking or braking on slippery or slippery surfaces, the system prevents the wheels from locking and reduces the risk of falling.
ABS allows safe braking on slippery and / or wet surfaces. If additional curve ABS is available, this also allows for safety when inclined. In most common braking maneuvers a difference of machines with and without ABS is hardly noticeable. Only when a wheel has reached the blocking limit, the ABS comes into the control range and is felt by the driver. Anti-lock braking systems prevent the wheels from locking and can thus prevent the front wheel from buckling and the rear breaking out.
Keep the overview
The right braking behavior can be vital. Therefore, before deal with the motorcycle and the existing brake systems. Then nothing stands in the way of a relaxed motorcycle season.
BikerSOS tip: Good braking starts with proper seating. Knee closure and body tension help to support as little weight as possible on the handlebars. Build the brake pressure quickly and continuously instead of jerking the lever. This prevents blocking. If it does happen, release the brake briefly and apply it again. And if something goes wrong and you come to crash – with the activated BikerSOS app you will be helped quickly!
By the way:
If you’ve tracked your ride with the BikerSOS APP, in case of a fall it’s easy for your rescuers to find you quickly!