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Grahamnz
Posted on Friday, January 30, 2009 - 11:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Find any newish car without ABS. That means that even unskilled drivers can stop really well even on bad surfaces. Add in the rubber area in contact with the road and compare that with your bike. The best advice I've heard lately is to allow yourself plenty of room to the vehicle ahead in case you need to stop as quickly as it can. Then there's reaction time to factor in...........Bang!
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Ourdee
Posted on Saturday, February 07, 2009 - 01:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Question posed: If a truck is on your tail and you jam on the brakes, can you stop in less distance than the truck?
Answer: No.
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Sparky
Posted on Saturday, February 07, 2009 - 04:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Maybe yes, maybe not. Maybe it wouldn't matter if one uses proper lane positioning.

That's what is taught in Advanced Rider Training. The idea is that, if there were a vehicle, truck or otherwise, close behind, you would be able to squirt out of harm's way with as minimum lateral movement as possible.
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