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View Results: How many fingers do you use to cover the front brake?
one 27 11.16%
two 170 70.25%
three 19 7.85%
four 26 10.74%
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Old 08-20-2002, 04:23 PM   #16
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Two fingers... and to anyone that needs more, perhaps you might want to play with the adjustment on your levers. I seem to have some sort of callus on the inside thumb area from all the "hang-on's" but thw two fingers work great. I can not even think the last time I needed a whole hand load on the levers. If you are trying to look "pro" you will most likely see the racers are also two-finger's on the triggers!

In heavy dirt rides, I often need to really grip tight, but stiill try to have two-fingers on the levers.
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Old 08-20-2002, 04:25 PM   #17
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Small hands. I've adjusted the lever as much as it allows.
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Old 08-20-2002, 04:34 PM   #18
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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...
Hum, I am sorry to hear about your experiance. Something must be wrong with your controls. I can, (and have done), full on stoppies (ouch!) :eek: with two fingers, and when "inspired" I think I could snap-off the lever entirely! (Kidding ouf course)

In a moment of "insperation" I have closed the clutch down on my other fingers, (ouch) but that was not the part that hurt after wards!

Perhaps it's a debated subject on the web... but I do not really care. The wonderful heated grips often encurage all my fingers on the grip, but I am VERY aware of this choice. Having a strong grip is really essencial for any off-road rider, and a GS, you got to be MANLY.

I am suprised that anyone needs more than two fingers, but I guess this is why it's poll. Let the stats speak for themselves.
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Old 08-20-2002, 05:32 PM   #19
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howevr many I need on whatever bike I am riding.

the VTR only needs one but I use two. all modern bikes should only need two. or you have shitty brakes.
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Old 08-21-2002, 06:51 AM   #20
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Need versus style

I don't think we are arguing how many fingers we NEED to cover the brake here but rather our individual riding styles and what we CHOOSE to cover with (I won't get kicked off this site for ending a sentence with a preposition, will I?) . The Cubs have a pitcher with 12 fingers and 12 toes they call "El Pulpo" (the octopus). I wonder how many fingers he covers with whe he rides??????

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Old 08-21-2002, 07:05 AM   #21
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Re: Brake Covering

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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?)
Having the GS handguards help and even better are a pair of HANDLE BAR MUFFs - flugly but finger friendly - can't get much weirder than these as made by by Dan "DANK" Klestorny. You may be able to still contact him at his website



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Old 08-21-2002, 11:15 AM   #22
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I used 4 thanks to the lovely throttle rocker. One of the best $10 items I've ever bought.
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Old 08-21-2002, 11:45 AM   #23
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throttle rocker

where/how did you get yours and what is the principal behind it?
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:42 AM   #24
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:06 AM   #25
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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...

The SFIS.

I can flip either of my bikes over its nose with two fingers. I've ridden that way for 24 years, and I'm not stopping because you have a big bike with crappy brakes.

.....and oh damn.....11 year necro? Holy shit.
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:19 AM   #27
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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...

The SFIS.

...all maybe true for an older bike or a cruiser.

On any modern sport bike? You barely need ONE finger to lock up the front brakes.

Both my bikes have so-so front brakes, and I use four fingers any time I'm using the front brake, whether I'm covering it or not. Despite what all the naysayers shout, I have absolutely no troulbe controlling the throttle like this, even blipping for downshifts while braking with four fingers. I do have large hands and very long fingers though.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:03 AM   #28
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I cover the clutch with one finger , don't cover the brake. Always brake with one finger , even back when with drum brakes. Oh and I'm not a two footed driver in a car either. You know , the ones with the brake light on and the melted lenses.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:17 AM   #29
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One. Mah bike gotz good brakes.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:37 AM   #30
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I always cover the clutch and brake with one finger. The index finger on road. The middle finger off road, so I can hang on with my thumb and index finger. The controls are adjusted so they operate fully without smashing my other fingers and I can lock the wheel with one finger. YRMV
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