Technique: When and where to use the rear brake

As a beginner rider I frequently used the rear brake when riding around in urban environments. This reduced some of the brake pressure on the front tyre and made sure the front didn’t slip out from under me on dodgy surfaces.

However when track riding it is advised never to touch the rear brake. This is because under hard braking, the weight transfer to the front means there is no weight on the rear tyre. If you use the rear brake the rear will more than likely lock up and the bike will step out quickly, resulting in you loosing control.

But there is a reason why SBK bikes and MotoGP machines have a rear brake is there not? Lets see what the pro’s say…

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