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Old 02-02-2014, 07:28 PM   #16
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Old 02-02-2014, 10:11 PM   #17
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Not "on the ...Brake" But over the brake lever YES, ALL the time. (on road OR off)

Same, but TWO, not one, fingers covering brake and clutch ALL the time.
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Old 02-03-2014, 12:46 AM   #18
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How do you cover the clutch on a burgman??????
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Old 02-03-2014, 03:16 AM   #19
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I don't know about this covering the front brake lever. I do cover the rear brake pedal, and the clutch lever if I'm in tight stuff. I have had some nasty offs from that "reflex clench", its a habit I broke after the second time I locked the front at an inopportune time. YMMV
I have ABS that works on my current bikes. But yeah, I know where you are coming from, when it mattered to me my bikes had drum brakes - the ABS you have when you don't have brakes

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Old 02-03-2014, 06:23 AM   #20
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I don't know about this covering the front brake lever. I do cover the rear brake pedal, and the clutch lever if I'm in tight stuff. I have had some nasty offs from that "reflex clench", its a habit I broke after the second time I locked the front at an inopportune time. YMMV
Yup MM does vary and quite significantly from yours I'd say.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:39 AM   #21
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My foray into trials riding a few years ago taught me to keep the clutch covered. Never heard to keep the front brake covered. Especially off road. As a riding buddy once said, "the clutch is your friend."
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:19 PM   #22
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My buds have looked at me and shook their heads but I've always cut my levers down to size. Enough room for two on the brake and three on the clutch. I learned that from Professor Bailey back in the early 70's if memory serves me.

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Old 02-03-2014, 01:22 PM   #23
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My buds have looked at me and shook their heads but I've always cut my levers down to size. Enough room for two on the brake and three on the clutch. I learned that from Professor Bailey back in the early 70's if memory serves me.

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Same here, except most of my riding buddies do the same.
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:27 PM   #24
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My buds have looked at me and shook their heads but I've always cut my levers down to size. Enough room for two on the brake and three on the clutch. I learned that from Professor Bailey back in the early 70's if memory serves me.

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most bikes with cut down levers wont pass a uk mot.
i do cover the front brake going round town. but on the open road.
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Old 02-04-2014, 10:27 AM   #25
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Thanks for all your replies. I'll play around with it, but ultimately neither my index nor middle finger can cover the front brake while standing. I wear a size XXXL glove and have very cumbersome hands, which certainly ain't helpin'. I'll just ride slow and have my finger ready.
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Old 02-04-2014, 10:52 AM   #26
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1 finger on the brake and 2 on the clutch during spirited riding or while in traffic. My 1 finger on the brake is just strong enough to provide sufficient braking without hesitation. I have tiny fingers so adjustable levers are a must.

I do it because I use this technique for mountain biking. It only takes one time for you to be losing control and lifting all your fingers (not thumb) off the throttle/grip to grab the brake when your wheel hits something and shifts the handlebars right out of the grip you didn't have.

Go hit up the parking lot, throw out a couple markers, do some tests of you own and let us all know how you feel about it!
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Old 02-04-2014, 05:17 PM   #27
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From one finger on each MTB lever it didn't take much to be comfortable with the following
One finger on the brake lever...one on the clutch lever. Can break traction on all my bikes with one finger braking and one finger clutching seems to work well. I tend to preload the shifter so it only takes a whiff of clutch to shift.

I like the security of three fingers on the grips, especially in dirt where an obstacle may disagree with you on direction of progress!

Wouldn't like the increased reaction time associated with no fingers on the brake.
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Old 02-04-2014, 05:46 PM   #28
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Wouldn't like the increased reaction time associated with no fingers on the brake.
Your fingers can move to the levers much quicker than your brain can decide to brake or not.
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Old 02-05-2014, 04:31 AM   #29
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One finger on the cell phone ready to dial 911 all the time.
Oops you just went from rider to statistic.

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Old 02-05-2014, 04:51 AM   #30
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Oops you just went from rider to statistic.

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This seems like a serious response to a facetious statement....
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