Originally posted by apexismaximus
EVERYONE agrees that smooth counts so......???????????
If there was one thing all of these schools/racers have in common (regardless of philosophy), everyone preaches being smooth.
I agree with you, gents (just a formality
), it's all up to what you are comfortable with, and situation.
For years, I was not comfortable with trail braking... heck, I couldn't even grasp the concept until I sat in a class (called, The Art and Science of Road Racing), where they explained and compared the concepts of:
- Late Braking (the infamous, "I out-braked that other guy!")
- Early Braking (the infamous, "I smoked him, coming out of the corner!")
- Trail Braking (where "breaks on/gas off, breaks off/gas on" doesn't really exist)
Long story short, turns out, neither one of these techniques are any faster than the next. I like trail braking because it is the "smoothest" of the three techniques, hence that's why I feel it is safer.
I also find that you greatly reduce the "$HIT factor":
- "oh $hit! I'm coming in too hot"
- "oh $hit, too much brakes" or "oh $hit, not enough brakes!"
- "$hit! I could have gotten on the gas earlier"
- "<sniff sniff> "I $hit my pants" (related to #1)
I got finally got used to trail braking and started to understand why most of the fast racers and magazine test riders can praise or complain about brake fade on certain bikes, and started going through pads and rotors
Originally posted by dus10reed
... I'm a firm believer in getting set up ahead of time for the corner...
Definately, set up before the corner... even before you start braking.