Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Charlotte, NC, 28205
I am reading the book called "Twist of The Wrist II". After I finish this book I am planning to read the book you have.
Twist of the wrist underlines body position and throttle control. It tells you not to panic (survival reactions) and not to use brakes in the curve.
There is a 40/60 weight distribution. Rear tire handles 60 percent and front tire handles 40 percent of the total weight on a normal cruising. The book says you want to ride it in a harmony so that you keep that distribution rates as it is. If you brake in the curve and more of the weight is transferred to the front, then you are more likely have a highside.
On the other hand body position is important and I believe there is a way that you can use the rear brakes professionally. My book has a chapter about "how to slide" and I haven't come to that chapter yet since I am trying to practice every point in the book. But I'll take a look at it and let you know if you want.
My book talks about Survival Reactions a lot. It says, once the rider loses his confidence, or panics in a situation, he makes more mistakes and that causes him accidents. For example, you are in a curve, you are a little more faster than you've expected and you've scared since you think you won't be able to make it. So you panic and push the brakes so hard and lock the tires where you could prepare a good body position, throttle down slowly and survive.
Critical thinking is the point. And my book has a lot to say about critical thinking. I think there are seconds or split of a second where you can use rear brakes at the right point to get the right result.
If you ever ask that what confidence has to do with braking in the mid section of a curve, i would say it effects the power balance on a bike. We distribute our weight in the wrong direction when we panic, push the brake, lock the tire and crash. If we distribute our weight right and brake accordingly as needed then it becomes something possible to do. IMO.
Dear Norick, if there are demons in heaven, be them demons or not, leave them choking in your dust.