Emergency stop (CBT)

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Emergency stop braking skills

A last resort!

An emergency stop should be a last resort, as good forward planning will in most cases prevent the need for such an aggressive braking manoeuvre. It is far better to identify hazards early enough that a controlled reduction of speed and/or change of position can be executed.

In the event that emergency braking is required, riders should stay upright and travelling in a straight line. Whilst some motorcycles have ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), in the event that the wheels lock – release the brakes immediately to regain traction and then reapply them with less pressure.

Emergency stop in dry conditions

  • Throttle off
  • Apply front brake to allow the brakes to start binding
  • Apply rear brake a fraction of a second later
  • Gentle application of both brakes
  • Continue to squeeze the front brake only
  • Keep the brakes applied until the bike stops
  • Just before stopping, pull the clutch in to prevent a stall
  • No gear changes are necessary until stopped

Emergency stop in dry conditions

  • Throttle off
  • Apply front brake to allow the brakes to start binding
  • Apply rear brake a fraction of a second later
  • Gentle application of both brakes
  • Continue to squeeze evenly on both brakes
  • Keep the brakes applied until the bike stops
  • Just before stopping, pull the clutch in to prevent a stall
  • No gear changes are necessary until stopped
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