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03 Honda CBR 1100 XX Super Blackbird discussion forum:
RE: Linked braking system concerns..
|RE: Linked braking system concerns..|
|DSRbikesTX said 2005-10-21 21:07|
Basically the countersteering spoke of is the same way you used to steer your 750. Wether you realized it at the time or not. The difference being refered to is the amount of effort needed in high speed turns to keep the big bird in line. There is most definitly a learning curve to this bike, especially for experienced riders. Trail braking (applying some light rear brake) to the apex (basically the point of a turn where the exit is visible if it were a blind corner) is not really a viable option on the XX. Thus the higher learning curve for experienced riders who use this technique (and his subsequent crash). Instead on the bird you use have to use that touchy throttle to roll off & get the same effect. Overall I agree with your cornering technique of not braking, at least on the street. Trail braking is really a track strategy to get the fastest cornering speeds possible & doesn´t apply well to the street (to many variables there). Imagine what would have happened if there was an oncoming vehicle?! (shivers) Also braking on low traction surfaces can be unsettling at times because at no point can you apply only the rear brake. Extreme caution must be used when decelerating on those type surfaces. Again you´ll get a feel for what the bike will do/can do with practice practice practice. I highly recommend track days and education courses that allow you to practice with your bike and associate with others that have ridden and instructors that can explain in more detail the nuances of the diffent braking systems out there. I personally am almost to the point that I am going to Delink my brakes so that on trackdays I will be able to get my cornering speeds up a bit and not pucker as much on dirt roads (which I do ride btw) MHO
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