I meant to do that…

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

Ru­pert Paul’s ar­ti­cle about how to brake hard re­minded me of an in­ci­dent when I was an in­struc­tor with the BMF Rider Train­ing Scheme. A group of trainees were prac­tis­ing emer­gency stops and asked me to demon­strate. Stop­ping from 30mph was over in a frac­tion of a sec­ond, so we went off to a quiet area where I could demon­strate from a higher speed. On a suit­able stretch I rode the bike up to 50mph and firmly ap­plied the front brake. I stopped in a dead straight line but with the back wheel at least three feet off the ground and my­self slid for­ward and sit­ting astride the tank with knees al­most touch­ing the han­dle­bars! As I gen­tly re­leased the brake the bike set­tled down and stopped, to rounds of ap­plause from the lads, who thought it was very well prac­tised. Lit­tle did they know it was the one and only rolling stop­pie I’ve ever per­formed. Mike Baker, Corn­wall

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