Re: To help quell the myths of how to brake properly
The idea for max braking, in bike setup is to set up the bike to allow improved braking.
In normal road racing, under hard braking, it helps to fully extend your arms, scoot back, drop your upper body down and essentially, get your center of gravity as back and as low as possible.
If you look at someone doing a stoppy, they are high and forward.
Some bikes are frustrating - the seat, bars and pegs are set up well for cornering and steering - but awkward for braking.
Generally, you just lightly drag the rear brake - just slightly leading the front brake to keep the rear suspension settled, then apply as much fr brake as you can do w/o lifting the rear, then, as you are pushing the front end into that hairpin, lay on a little more rr brake so you are sliding the rr a bit.
As you are a bit more into the corner, you understeer more (push the front end) and ease off the fr brake, as you are still drifting the rr.
Now, just before the apex, still slightly drifting the rr, start to apply a teeny bit of throttle, using the rr brake to modulate to slightly more than neutral.
As you get to about the apex, apply slightly more throttle, start to countersteer and as you open the throttle more, release the rr brake and drift the rear out of the corner.
I do have some track creds - was AFM #8 years ago - and I think even Nick will remember that I used to holeshot and brake well. What happened between the holeshot and the braking is one reason I was #8....
Oh - that's right, I crashed a little too often.... :-)
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