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SuperStyling
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So, today I biked to school in the rain and I braked hard before a light. The front wheel skidded and stuttered and the bike leaned over the right but I reacted quickly enough to ease off the front brake to get the bike back up while continuing braking.

This didn't happen before. I thought that was odd that I skidded because I tried that again (braking hard) after school to see if my rotor was okay and the bike leaned over to the right again (my rotor is on the right side). Would the balance of the bike make a difference if I had two rotors?

I'm gonna try this again on Friday to see if there's something really wrong with my bike. I don't want to drop it just yet. lol Btw I just recently adjusted my brake lever, it's all the way out (more braking leverage).
 

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you can lock your brakes without there being anything wrong with bike. something on the road, condition of tires, how fast/hard you braked, there are many things that can cause a skid. i'm not saying there's nothing wrong with your bike, but as you said you were braking hard coming to an intersection.
 

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I am just waiting for Kuldip to log on and mention wheel weights. I personally would never mention wheels weights, and I don't think it is appropriate for me to bring up the topic of wheels weights, so I will not discuss wheel weights in any way.

Hello, Kuldip, where are you??
 

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Glad you didn't go down. ;) As for your wheel-weight problem, Kuldip will explain. :D

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i'm wondering......we're you concerned with the locking up of the brakes or the leaning to one side when it does lock up?? theoretically, having only a single sided front brake MIGHT cause it to lean one way under a lock up situation.
 

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umm....adjust your brake back. You do not want your brakes to react so quickly in conditions like this. They should not be all the way out.

And you just locked your front wheel and that is why the bike leaned over. Happened to me on my old zzr250. I also leaned to the right.
 

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:imwithstu I warned you adjusting your brake lever to give more force would give you problems in the rain. I dial mine back in the wet so they're not so grabby.

Given that you can lock the front in the dry with the lever all the way out, it'll certainly lock in the wet real easy if you don't have a gentle touch.
 
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it's a ninja 250, not a gixxer1k with radial brakes, 2 rotors, brembo brakes, and a brembo master. if you can't handle a 250 in the rain good luck upgrading.
 

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I locked my front in the gixxer thou yesterday.....didn't take much skill to keep it upright.....but then again.... I was trying to, and I hit some wet pine needles on purpose.......and I was in the middle of the road with no traffic, doing about 5-10 kph.....know how i surived..... I let go of the brake and waited till there were no more needles then pounded the front again.

Know what...... BT014's are da bomb in the rain......not bad on needles either...mindya I would not have 'asked' the bike to do anything at the time.
 
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is there an actual reason you'd want to try and bail on propose?

i kept trying my luck on the brakes hoping it wouldn't surprise me and go terribly wrong .

leaving your brakes spongy at any time seems like a really bad idea,adjust your brain and hand (they are connected) not your braking power .Its like saying soft brakes in the wet are good .soft touch sure .less power bad plan







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yeah i wanna read it too
 

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SuperStyling
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i'm wondering......we're you concerned with the locking up of the brakes or the leaning to one side when it does lock up?? theoretically, having only a single sided front brake MIGHT cause it to lean one way under a lock up situation.
I'm more concerned about the leaning of the bike during a lock up more than the lock up it self. I suppose I don't have to worry about it if I ease of the brakes in the rain.
 

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Maybe the right side of your body is heavier?

Seriously though - have you considered your body position on the bike? That can affect which direction the bike will lean...I can't see your brakes affecting the lean on the bike.

If you want to do stoppies go practice on a dirt bike somewhere soft until you get the balance issues down - cheaper than turfing your road bike....not to mention less painful and less embarrassing.

Good luck.
 

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SuperStyling
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If you want to do stoppies go practice on a dirt bike somewhere soft until you get the balance issues down - cheaper than turfing your road bike....not to mention less painful and less embarrassing.

Good luck.
Thanks I'll do that! Yeah it's likely a balance issue.
 
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