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^#*&$ dog!!

So, I learned last night what my first reaction is when something runs out in front of me. I had a small dog run out in the road right after leaving the house. Luckily I was only going around 20-25 mph but my first reaction was grabbing the front brake. As soon as the tire locked up I realized what I did and released the brake. The dog was unhurt and I didn't wreck, but it was definitely a learning experience. I need to learn to use BOTH brakes during a situation like that for sure. Only problem is instances like that aren't planned.
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Just get into the habit of using both brakes at all times............
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Do yourself a favour and sign up for the MSF Basic Rider's Course. They will teach you the proper technique for braking and how to emergency brake without locking your wheels. And for the love of god, start using your back brake too.

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never really understood the reason of just using the front brake...to each his own.

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Do yourself a favour and sign up for the MSF Basic Rider's Course. They will teach you the proper technique for braking and how to emergency brake without locking your wheels. And for the love of god, start using your back brake too.

The bad part is I did back in October. Passed it with flying colors too. Normally I do use both but this time I didn't. Lesson learned!
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Its something that needs constant practice. All front brake isn't good, all back brake isn't good either. Practice grabbing front first and rear a split second behind. That will help keep you from locking up the rear which you can do easily if you pull them both at the same time. Ask me how I know
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Or spring for a bike with linked brakes and ABS. Then it won't matter which lever you grab, it won't lock the wheels!

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Go to a parking lot and practice emergency braking until you get it down. After that, come back the next weekend and do it again. After a few times of that, practice it once a month.

It HAS to be muscle memory. There's no other way around it.
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I had the same thing happen the other day...
Except it wasn't a dog.
It was a calf.
And I wasn't on a bike.
I was in my car.
But I didn't lock the front brake.


I locked them all.

Never mind.
Carry on.

I'm just glad neither of us died.
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I had a deer do that one time. Did $3k worth of damage to my truck then she got up and ran away so I didn't even get any meat out of it.
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