There are thousands of motorbike accidents in the UK every year, some will be caused by careless drivers and some by careless motorbike riders, but one thing is for sure - the motorbike rider is much more vulnerable to injury.
Braking is probably the most important action that a rider can perform. Controlled braking allows the rider to quickly slow down to a stop before hitting an obstacle, and avoiding an injury.
Many riders do not fully appreciate the distance that is required to bring the motorbike to a complete stop. Braking distance increases with speed, and unfortunately the increase is not linear.
A motorbike doing 30 MPH that can stop in 33 feet doesn't mean that the same bike doing 60 MPH can stop in 66 feet, it is actually more like 134! Also in wet or icy conditions this distance will increase considerably.
The front brake of a motorbike actually provides 70 to 80% of it's stopping power. Bearing this in mind, you should try to practice using more front break than rear. Ideally you should keep a balance between the front and rear brakes, with about 70% of the emphasis on the front.
An ideal breaking situation
Apply both front and back brakes gradually and with almost equal force for the first phase of your braking
The weight transfers forwards as the front suspension compresses and your arms bend
You now let off most - or all - of the rear brake and increase pressure on the front, which now has most or all of the grip
The bike slows and the forces you are exerting through the brakes and tyres reduce
The front of the bike begins to rise back up on its suspension
You ease off the front brake, to prevent a low speed lock-up, and increase pressure on the rear brake once more until you stop
Riders involved in motorcycle accidents are particularly vulnerable from many types of injury, from whiplash to traumatic brain injuries. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident that wasn't your fault, and it occured within the last 3 years, then you may be able to claim compensation. Just call us on 02392 484 244 and one of our team will be happy to give you expert advice and legal assistance.