covering the brake

Discussion in 'Dyna Models' started by Jimmy_k, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. Jimmy_k

    Jimmy_k Member

    I'm trying to develope the habit of covering the brake with my first two fingers while riding in town. From a stop sign, I'm trying to automatically get my hand in that position right after shifting to second gear.

    Decided to do this after somebody pulled out right in front of me from a sidestreet the other day and I just barely slowed enough to avoid hitting them. Seems like it might save a second or so of reaction time on the brake having the fingers already there.

    Anybody else do this? It's a hard habit to get into, feels kind of awkward. Hopefully it will be second nature soon.

  2. mustang27

    mustang27 Member

    I cover in traffic. On the open road I don't
  3. Hoople

    Hoople Account Removed

    A great habit to have. One second at 30mph is something like 40 feet. I try to cover around town but also don't cover on open road.
  4. cdn-bigfoot

    cdn-bigfoot Junior Member

    I cover the brake in traffic and not on the highway.
    It saved me a bad wreck last year. And numerous times previous no doubt.

    Best habit to get into. I'm glad someone brought this up. Its not something I think about, just habit.
  5. hobo55

    hobo55 Active Member

    Sure do in heavy traffic and around town. We need every edge we can get out there.
  6. SeaRider04

    SeaRider04 Active Member

    That's how I ride, cover the brake and the clucth with two fingers on both hands, I feel more comfier when riding like that than with a "death grip" style, doesn't matter if I'm in traffic or on open roads.
  7. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Guest

    Seems to me thats what they taught my wife when she took the riders course way back when, it makes good sense, Jack
  8. dbinbc

    dbinbc Active Member

    Very good driving habit to have. I've always got a few finger of my right hand over the brake lever in traffic and when there is anything around at all on the highway my right foot is covering my brake pedal. Things like a vehicle approaching from a side road or the possibility of wild life (or kids) being along the road. I ride like I'm paranoid and perhaps I am, but I'm still riding and have been for 45 years. If there is no escape zone your only choice is to get stopped or slowed down as much as possible.

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

    Good habit to have them covered on the street for traffic jamming and in the ol' survival trick for older riders and racers alike for two totally different reasons. Two finger squeeze means having braking power when you need them and time to modulate them (also means less tendency to grab 'em which is dangerous at serious lean angles and speed) should still provide sufficient tire howling stop when needed as well. :D If not check those brakes for sufficient clearance from the bar and sponginess at the pedal. Not so important on the open highway...

    Last edited: Mar 28, 2010
  10. Davidw2415

    Davidw2415 Senior Member

    I also try to remember to cover the brake lever in when in traffic. And I don't use highway pegs because I want to keep my foot as to the rear foot peg as possible. A all I try to remember to keep thumb over the horn button.