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Performing an Emergency Stop

Being able to avoid obstacles on the road is a must when it comes to being a rider.

In this section we aim to give you the best advice in case you have to brake in an emergency.

Performing an Emergency Stop

Being able to avoid obstacles on the road is a must when it comes to being a rider.

In this section we aim to give you the best advice in case you have to brake in an emergency.

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Performing an Emergency Stop

The weather is starting to become nice and clear and now you want to get your motorbike out and on the road, who wouldn't?

But it's been a while since you last rode and maybe your skills need a bit of oil.

Below you can find just some advice on making you extra safe on the road.

Why Emergency Braking?

The best way to explain why we are giving you advice on this is because when you have to perform an emergency brake it is 99% because of other road users, so if you can't react properly to incidents it puts you at more of a risk.

Find the Right Spot and Start Slowly

Try to find a nice, open space, clear of other road users, and set off up to 10-15mph. Once you reach a comfortable speed, pull the clutch and brake hard. Repeat this until you feel confident. Also, pay attention to how much the front end dips, and the skid from the back tyres, and remember that in an emergency you probably won't have time to pull in the clutch.

The Right Brakes Matter

When you brake, it's okay to have normal brakes; but this is different when it comes to emergency braking, as the front brakes need to take the full weight of you and the bike. Always keep an eye on your brakes and change them regularly!

Watch the Rear

As well as watching out on the front brakes, it's important to note that this also affects the back tyre, keep an eye out for when the the weight is being transferred across the bike and remember the pressure you apply can prevent a skid from happening.

Putting These Tips in Action

Once you start to feel more comfortable, start practising emergency braking at slightly higher speeds, and raise it until you feel confident. Put a marker down on the ground or use your imagination to think of an obstacle and practise against braking before it and make a note of giving yourself extra space on a wet day.


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