What is Trail Braking and why should you do it when you ride?
Category : Riding Training
When you slow down your motorcycle by using the brakes, rolling off the throttle or engine braking, the weight shifts forward putting more weight on the front suspension than on the rear suspension. When you ride through a curve/turn, you should have equal weight on the front and rear suspension to maximize traction which is crucial on a motorcycle since you only have two tires holding you up vs. the four you have in your car. You can accomplish this law of physics by trail braking. Trail braking is basically using the throttle and brake(s) simultaneously to slow down and while entering a curve/turn.
Learn how to lean more by leaning less.
Sounds contradictory, doesn’t it? Motorcycle riders, in general, only lean their motorcycle up to 30% of it’s capability. Why only 30%? Fear of leaning which is the fear of falling. You can actually negotiate your curves/turns better by leaning your motorcycle beyond 30%. You can actually lean your motorcycle more by leaning less. It’s called the “Kiss the Mirror” technique. When you take the TBC, you will learn the theory and concept of “Kissing the Mirror” and practice it along with trail braking on your own motorcycle on our practice riding range.