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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-23-2017, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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What did i do wrong?

Ok i have a question for the bike gurus. here i go.
On my way to work. normal traffic doing around 40MPH light turns yellow i am too far to make it before red so i hit the front brake and the bike starts swerving all over the road and finally bike falls.
wondering if by any chance i hit the front brake to fast but what would happen in an emergency braking situation? my front brakes didn't work properly?
I am just a newbie that couldn't handle an 1100 bike? mind you road was wet because it heavily rained the night before but tires are like new.
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-23-2017, 12:13 PM
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Maybe you hit the fronts to hard and they locked up next time try to use both front and back an ease into the front or downshift hope you didn't get hurt

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I only hurt my ego and besides replacing the engine guard, left saddlebag and left mirror i am good.
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That's a good thing all that stuff can be replaced had a buddy of mine not to long ago hit an oil slick went down than got run over by the car behind him luckily it only got one leg

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Damn. Lucky enough i didn't even get a scratch.
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How hard did you grab the front brake? Did it lock up, or did the steering just become really hard to hold while slowing?

Have you done any front brake testing since then? Do you normally get vibrations under hard braking?
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How hard did you grab the front brake? Did it lock up, or did the steering just become really hard to hold while slowing?

Have you done any front brake testing since then? Do you normally get vibrations under hard braking?
hard to tell what exactly happened. the road was wet and i locked the front brake and then i couldn't control the bike. i just don't wanna make the same mistake again since i am a new rider.
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One other thought, roads around intersections are notorious for having oil, ac drip water, etc on the surface. You might have hit a slick spot and front tire locked up. This has happened to me but I've been lucky enough not to go down. I've learned to check road surface coming into intersections to see what part of the lane is the cleanest looking. Just take you bike to a big open parking lot and practice some panic stops to make sure nothing wrong with brakes
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One other thought, roads around intersections are notorious for having oil, ac drip water, etc on the surface. You might have hit a slick spot and front tire locked up. This has happened to me but I've been lucky enough not to go down. I've learned to check road surface coming into intersections to see what part of the lane is the cleanest looking. Just take you bike to a big open parking lot and practice some panic stops to make sure nothing wrong with brakes
i would do that. i am gonna pass by the same road tomorrow just to see if there was oil on the road or something that could of made me loose control.
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Glad you are ok. Because of the wet pavement maybe there was oil, etc. still on top of water in the intersection? Great suggestion about the parking lot practice. I practice often to hone skills, especially, emergency braking. None of us know when something unexpected could happen. Ride safe and enjoy!~YammyV
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