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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-12-2012, 06:57 AM Thread Starter
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How safe is it to lock up the rear wheel when riding your motorcycle?

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It's definitely not something you want to do on purpose, but it's a hell of a lot less dangerous than locking up your front tire. I've had my rear lock up a couple times during emergency stops, and the rear end just kind of drifts to the side a little bit. Ease up on the rear brake a little and it comes back in line.

But if you lock up the front, you'll lose steering and go down. Not a good thing.

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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-12-2012, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Caliente, was wondering bout that risk factor..

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If you're going to lock up one, lock up the rear. It might slide around a bit but if you have been riding for a bit your instincts should keep you up. The front, on the other hand, almost always results in a spill.

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Agree with the other posts, makes your butt pucker down real tight on your seat Avoid if possible

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Sure will, really great to check first with people who know this stuff :-)

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Did it for the first time in YEARS the other day...could have made diamonds.

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In the MSF class, they teach us that if we lock the rear wheel, to keep it locked until you stop because if you let off and the rear wheel catches traction, it will throw you forward off the bike which is called the high side.


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In the MSF class, they teach us that if we lock the rear wheel, to keep it locked until you stop because if you let off and the rear wheel catches traction, it will throw you forward off the bike which is called the high side.


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That's only really true in a rear lock in a turn (high siding that is), can easily happen if you over enthusiastically trail brake too much. It's also speed dependent. If you lockup at the end of the braking action going into a stop and fishtail a bit there's little concern of high siding, if however you lock early going highway speed definitely stay on the brake until you come to a stop. Skids and mini rear lock ups happen kind of frequently in NYC at stoplights with all the oil and fuel that accumulates near intersections.


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