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one 27 11.16%
two 170 70.25%
three 19 7.85%
four 26 10.74%
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Old 08-09-2002, 01:11 PM   #1
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how many fingers??

do you use cover your front brakes? if so how many fingers? and when? all the time or just in traffic? or ???
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Old 08-09-2002, 01:33 PM   #2
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I don't cover the front brake. Never have.

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Old 08-09-2002, 01:50 PM   #3
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Two-finger cover, situational.
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Old 08-09-2002, 03:02 PM   #4
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Three. In heavy traffic.

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Old 08-09-2002, 03:21 PM   #5
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I use all four, when things look a little iffy around me. Like during rush hour or at busy intersections. Using a throttle rocker helps smooth out throttle response, when hand is flat on throttle.

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Old 08-09-2002, 09:01 PM   #6
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Two fingers 90% of the time. Busy watchin' for lane changers on the commute and driveway pull outs on the backroads.
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Old 08-09-2002, 11:03 PM   #7
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most of the time...

two...maybe more per situation.
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Old 08-10-2002, 12:57 AM   #8
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two- depending on the situation. Never more off-road as I like to keep a handle on the bars.

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Old 08-10-2002, 01:06 AM   #9
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Never have covered the front brake.............but ALLWAYS cover the clutch lever with one finger.......

Ever been spat off a bike when the engine siezes....?, cough, splutter........pull clutch & glide safely to the verge...
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Old 08-10-2002, 05:51 AM   #10
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I don't cover the front brake very often, but when I do, I use 2 fingers!
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Old 08-10-2002, 02:55 PM   #11
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Two, whenever I think there might be an idiot in a cage using a cell phone in the vicinity (90% of the time).

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Old 08-13-2002, 11:45 AM   #12
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2 fingers here - less likely to over-react and leaves one for the salute.
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Old 08-14-2002, 04:22 AM   #13
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Developing a habit of covering the brake with two fingers is BAD - I had seen it discussed on some websites, but disregarded it... till I felt the (almost) pain myself.

Problem is, if you get used to riding with two fingers on the lever, when an emergency situation calls for full brakes, you are not going to make it!

Bullshit, I'm hearing. But here's the facts, at least true in my case:

- If you are used to do light braking with two fingers, when you need to really squeeze, you'll do it with two fingers too! one, because of habit, and the fact that those fingers are already there, second, because you can't really "add fingers" when you're braking without partly releasing (go ahead and try to do it fast, see what I mean). It's a difficult hand motion.

- You don't have enough strenght in those two fingers to really stop the bike NOW!. Because you're using index and middle, no? and they grab the inside of the lever, so not enough leverage... again, go ahead and try a couple emergency stops from say 40 mph with 2 fingers vs 4. If you use the other two, you'll crush the inner ones.

- If for some reason you brake hard enough, and the lever goes deep enough, you'll crush the other fingers on the grip (VERY painful!) and worse, you'll prevent the lever from going any further. Yes, I know. Don't ask.

I used to have this habit on my previous bikes, but a couple scares taught me you need FOUR and a "bare grip" (no fingers there) to STOP NOW! It took awfully long to unlearn the bad habit, and just a little while ago I caught myself doing it again on the GS - it came back when I changed my main ride. So I had to do an effort to unlearn it again... it's specially bad if you ride in city traffic a lot, 'cause with the frequent, light braking, you tend to leave them there. But it will bite back, even in city traffic. Hey, I may seem emotional about this, but I'm still unlearning it and just this morning riding to work I almost don't make it in time when I failed to see a "yield" sign and got in the way of a careening cage... Yep, my fault, bikers ain't perfect either. Yep, I had just inches to spare. And yep, when I looked down, I saw the dreaded two finger grip on the lever...

Two-finger braking is bad...

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Old 08-14-2002, 04:39 AM   #14
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do you use cover your front brakes? if so how many fingers? and when? all the time or just in traffic? or ???
However many I don't have up my nose at the time...
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Old 08-20-2002, 03:09 PM   #15
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Brake Covering

I must be a weirdo using 3 fingers when I cover but my question is: How many of you who normally cover find that you don't when you have your heated grips on and it's cold?

Inquiring minds want to know? (maybe I'm weirder than I thought?)
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